Parks & Gardens
2 Russell Road, Moseley, Birmingham, B13 8RD
There are 5 tennis courts, a bowling green and a mini-golf course all located in the central area between the Midland Arts Centre and the Russell Road car park. There is also a childrens mini fun-fair operating at weekends, weather permitting. Pedalo boats operate on the lake during the Summer season. There is a vast opportunity to explore the park and keep fit using either the 2km or 5km route.
University of Birmingham, 58 Edgbaston Park Rd, Birmingham, B15 2RT
Built for industrialist John Nettlefold’s growing family in 1903, Winterbourne House and Garden is a rare surviving example of an early 20th century suburban villa and garden.
Now the site is open to the public 7 days a week with a range of beautifully decorated period exhibition rooms offering an insight into Edwardian life both above and below stairs. Outside, the Arts and Crafts garden delights in all seasons and the terrace tea room is a wonderful place to treat yourself to lunch or afternoon tea.
Chester Road, Castle Bromwich, B36 9BT
Step back in time and experience this oasis of tranquility within these beautiful 10 acre walled gardens, restored to their 18th century splendour.
Historic plants, vegetables and fruits. Holly maze. Refreshments, gift shop and plant sales.
Westbourne Road Edgbaston, B15 3TR
The Birmingham Botanical Gardens & Glasshouses, located in the beautiful suburb of Edgbaston are a 15-acre oasis of delight.
The gardens were designed by leading garden planner of this time J.C. Loudon and opened to subscribers in 1832. Today, visitors can enjoy nature at its best and discover the importance of plants.
1046 Bristol Road, Birmingham, B29 6LJ
A hidden gem, Woodbrooke has Birmingham’s largest organically-managed garden, comprising of ten acres of gardens, woodland, a Victorian Walled Garden and even a boating lake!
Woodbrooke is Chocolatier and Quaker George Cadbury’s former home, close to historic Bournville. The woodland beyond the lake has been designated a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC). The lawns around the house contain specimen trees, some of which go back to the original planting of the garden. The arboretum has a collection of exotic trees and the walled garden provides herbs, fruit, vegetables and flowers for cutting. Paths closest to the house have been made suitable for wheelchair users, and all visitors are encouraged to make themselves at home in the grounds. Call us to find out more. Teas and coffees available for a donation.
Newborough Road, Needwood, Burton-Upon-Trent, DE13 9PD
The FA’s National Football Centre is set in 330-acres of Staffordshire countryside and is the home for England’s 24 national football teams. Facilities include a football centre, Hilton hotel, outdoor leadership centre and a bespoke sports medicine, rehabilitation and human performance facility.
The Outdoor Leadership Centre, operated by Grahame Robb Associates offers a 40 foot climbing tower, linear high ropes course and an extensive range of low ropes activities as well as up to 15 different team exercises. In addition, the site has a Powerfan and an archery range. Bespoke packages are available for sports teams and social clubs as well as professional teams and corporate events.
Tythe Barn Lane, Shirley, Solihull, B90 1PH
Discover the spirit of Africa at Akamba Hertiage Centre in Solihull.
The centre houses two acres of exotic plantlife and palms, stunning lifesize animal scultptures and the new African Bird walk where you can see some of the world's most colourful birds up close. Be sure to check out the jungle beer garden and tribal restaurant for some premier African and Caribbean cuisine.
Vicarage Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham, B14 7TQ
Kings Heath Park, the first urban park in Birmingham to achieve Green Flag status covers approximately 35 acres. The area around the main house and conservatory features high quality seasonal bedding schemes, herbaceous borders, alpine outcrops, heather beds, trees, shrubs and a refurbished pool area.
The Victorian Tea Room provides a high quality facility selling sandwiches, cakes, teas, coffees and much more. Set within the park grounds the room has excellent views of the park, giving visitors a very relaxing and tranquil setting.
Curzon Street, Birmingham
Eastside City Park is Birmingham’s first new City Centre Park in 130 years. Setting the standards for public realm expected from an international City, the park is the largest single piece of public realm in Birmingham City Centre, a green route to walk from the City Centre into the heart of Eastside.
Featuring 310 trees, formal lawns, public squares and a canal feature running 188m plus a 21 jet dry plaza, the park also incorporates a Science Garden, kiosk and children’s play area developed by Thinktank.
A special prize was awarded to Eastside City Park recently for outstanding public green space at the European Entente Florale 2013 competition.
Warren Lane, Rednal, Birmingham, B45 8ER
Beacon Hill is the most famous view at the Lickey Hills Country Park, the hill rises to a height of 297m (975 feet) above sea level giving expansive views of the surrounding countryside. On a clear day, from the toposcope, points in 13 old counties can be seen.
Holly Road, Handsworth, B20 2BY
Handsworth Park occupies over 63 acres in the centre of Handsworth and is a welcome oasis for the many people who visit the area.
The park has been at the heart of the community for the past 100 years and following it's restoration during 2004 and 2006 continues to be popular with families, dog-walkers and school children.
Clapgate Lane, Bartley Green, Birmingham, B32 3DS
Woodgate Valley Country Park is an ideal place to go for a leisurely walk, observe wildlife, walk the dog, ride on a horse or it can simply be a great place to get away from the noise and traffic of the city.
The park comprises 450 acres of many different habitats. There are many mixed, mature hedgerows, species rich meadows, woodland, small ponds and the Bourn brook running through its heart.
Originally a mosaic of farms and smallholdings the park has retained much of its rural character.
Ragley Drive, Church Road, Sheldon, Birmingham, B26 3TU
Sheldon Country Park covers an area of just over 300 acres, comprising open grassland, wetlands, old hedgerows and some mature woodland.
The Old Rectory Farm has been fully restored and operates as a demonstration farm, showing city dwellers traditional methods of farming. Animals kept at the farm include Jersey cattle, pigs, goats, ponies, ducks, chickens and geese.
Town Gate Entrance, Park Road, Sutton Coldfield, B74 2YT
Sutton Park is an historic landscape that covers an area of over 2,000acres and attracts over two million visits every year.
Delivering a sense of wilderness within an urban environment, visitors to Sutton Park can enjoy the captivating scenery, using an accessible network of paths.
Lying six miles to the north of Birmingham City Centre this landscape is a mosaic of open heathland, woodlands, wetlands, marshes and seven lakes each with their own rich variety of plants and wildlife, some rarely seen in the region.
Lichfield Street, Walsall, WS1 2AB
This beautiful Victorian park is just five minutes walk from Walsall town centre and contains parkland, lakes, gardens and woodland walks.
New Road (Malvern), Warwick Road (Brueton), Solihull, B91 3EA
Malvern and Brueton Park are two very distinct Parks in one. The Malvern end of the Park acts as a formal town centre Park, giving easy walking access to the shopping area.
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