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Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham

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Cannon Hill Park is a park located in south Birmingham, England. It is the most popular park in the city, covering 250acres consisting of formal, conservation, woodland and sports areas. Recreational activities at the park include boating, fishing, bowls, tennis, putting and picnic areas.It also contains Birmingham Nature Centre, the mac theatre, and adjacent to the park is Edgbaston Cricket Ground.HistoryIn April 1873, a local benefactor, Miss Louisa Ann Ryland (1814–89) of Barford Hill House, Warwickshire, gave 57acre of meadow land, known as Cannon Hill Fields, to the Corporation and paid for the draining of the site to create a public park. J.T Gibson of Battersea was employed to transform the site. He constructed two large lakes, the smaller ornamental ponds and a bathing pool. 35 acres were devoted to ornamental gardens and shrub borders. Kew Gardens donated seeds and plants to establish the collection, this collection was used by students to enable them to study Botany. It opened to the public in September 1873. A further 7acre were given by the brewer John Holder in 1897, and in 1898 5acre were acquired to straighten the River Rea, which is now culverted and runs along the western edge.FeaturesA 1906 granite and bronze memorial to the dead of the Second Boer War by Albert Toft, stands on the western edge of the park. It is scheduled for refurbishment in 2012.
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  • Absolutely gorgeous and stunning park. So well looked after, you can see a lot of care goes into it. The MAC is easy to access to grab a cup of coffee and a bit to eat (nice easy food, but yummy). Loa...  more »
  • Had amazing time with my friends playing football and had a BBQ. The park was really big and no one was getting in our way. It's always clean.  more »
  • Great day out for all ages. Lovely walk around the grounds with different routes to take. Lots of things to do; pedalo boats and mini golf courses and free tennis courts. Also free parking here I beli...  more »
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  • Best park in Birmingham. Sprawling and even on a sunny day you can find a nice quiet patch. Suitable for any size group and any activity. The MAC building contained in the park is also very good because it has clean toilet facilities, a cafe with reasonable prices and even a small cinema.
  • This is a very good local park based near the Edgbaston Stadium. Its pretty and scenic and well maintained. You get mixed crowd and it's always a good atmosphere. In the summer they always have activities going on for families and children etc, ranging from man-made beach with entertainment to fairs for the little ones. There's an outdoor adventure golf section, ponds, flower beds and tennis courts. You have your peddle boats and an small play area for the kids. Probably the more popular local park for families.
  • This place is a great place for children and someone to walk there dog. The theme park they have just added is great for little children and some older children. There is a variety of parks and a variety of places for picnics and more. Great place and really recommend!
  • Beautiful park! Best in the area. Perfect for a day out with or without kids. There are two playgrounds, a tea room, beautiful flowers, a large lawn for sports and lounging, little rides for kids, tennis courts, and all the amenities in the MAC. We love it here!
  • Beautiful park with all the fun of the fair! Lake swan pedaloes and a land train added to a great visit. Seemed clean and safe for kids with lots to explore. Easy parking and great facilities at the MAC.