Birmingham is considered the second largest city in the UK, and despite the city fuss, beauty, peace and grace reign here. We explored the ten best and serene corners of this city.
Travel to Birmingham: 10 most beautiful places
You will be surprised to learn that in Birmingham there are more channels than in Venice. Thanks to the industrialists of the XVIII century, who built such an extensive network, the length of waterways throughout the city is 56 km. You can board a boat near the famous Birmingham Cube and go on a short water excursion, as well as rent a barge for a party or enjoy a fine cuisine on board of one of the floating restaurants. Along the canals there are beautiful picturesque places, where you can watch the boats and make a pleasant stop. An excellent place for staying will be a cozy friendly pub Canalside Cafe, located near the shopping center Mailbox.
The author of The Lord of the Rings, John Ronald Ruel Tolkien (JRR Tolkien) grew up in Birmingham and very often mentioned Sarehole Mill, Moseley Bog swamp, and Shire Park in his works. It was these places that inspired the writer. Now they (Tolkien Trail) are open to the general public. Visitors can explore the writer's favorite routes, accompanied by a guide.
Cannon Hill Park
A few minutes by bus from the city center, Cannon Hill Park is located. Not only are there jogging tracks and exercise areas in this stunning park, there is also a mini golf field, tennis courts, Midlands Art Center (MAC), which regularly hosts comedy concerts, workshops and theater performances for the public of all ages. Not surprisingly, Cannon Hill Park is one of the top five parks in Birmingham.
Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park
The park of Cannon Hill is adjacent to the Birmingham's Wildlife Conservation Park. Animals that belong to the number of endangered species have found shelter here. Visitors can take care of them. And some reptiles, monkeys and pandas are even allowed to be watched close.
Botanical Gardens and Glasshouses
In four greenhouses of Botanical Gardens and Glasshouses, a number of exotic plants from different climatic zones grow. Here, some species of Mediterranean flora, tropical and subtropical forests and even arid deserts are cultivated. All four greenhouses are located in stunning Victorian park of 6 hectares, surrounded by colorful flower gardens.
Winterbourne House and Garden
Winterbourne House and Garden hid in the campus of the largest university in Birmingham. Here on 3 hectares of land, the garden of the times of the kings of Edward stretches. On its territory there is an unusual garden of sandstone, colorful curbs, a blossoming corner, surrounded by a wall, and the shore of the creek is covered with lush vegetation. These lands have become home to plants from around the world, including North and South America and even China.
Library of Birmingham - Discovery Terrace and Secret Garden
The newly refurbished Library of Birmingham has two stunning gardens overlooking the city center. On the third floor there is the Discovery Terrace - a place for communication, development and study of everything about fruits, vegetables and herbs that grow on this territory. And the Secret Garden on the seventh floor is smaller and calmer, but a magical panorama of the city opens from here.
Sandwell Valley Nature Reserve
Beautiful park Sandwell Valley is a real home for many species of birds. The reserve is part of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. It takes care of many endangered species, and also teaches everyone who wants to protect them. The reserve is located in the north-eastern part of the Sandwell Valley Country Park and is surrounded by a hedge, behind which there are many ducks, geese, swans and lapwing. Birds can be seen from the observation deck on the shore of the lake. In the valley there are forest areas, vast meadows and basins, brooks flow and two farms, to which visitors are allowed, work. This is a great place for those who want to come in contact with wildlife at any time of the year.
Aston Hall and Gardens
Aston Hall, built in 1635, is a first-class mansion dating back to the era of King James. Not surprisingly, now it is one of the most valuable historical buildings in Birmingham with interiors of the XVII, XVIII and XIX centuries. The territory is surrounded by a park of 20 hectares with many trees and flowers. You should buy tickets to see the mansion, but walks in the park are completely free.
Sutton Park is located in the royal estate of Sutton Coldfield. This is the largest city park in Birmingham (and the seventh largest in Europe): its area exceeds 809 hectares. There are seven lakes and a varied landscape, so you can go for a walk, ride a bike, climb the slopes or simply enjoy nature.