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Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham
(4.5/5 based on 480+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Plenty do and see with walk, gardens, grass, tennis courts, lakes, cafe etc but can be over-run with people in summer. 
  • Such a great Park to go to, we went loads of times in the summer holidays. great with all the extra free activities in the summer 
  • Good cafe welcoming of small children and good food options for adults and children. The climbing frame is really extensive and challenging for children of all ages. 
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  • A lovely, large park that's not too busy. Very nice for an afternoon stroll. Has a good sized lake that you can get a swan boat for. Full of squirrels. Sometimes hosts events such as Birmingham Oktoberfest.
  • Lovely park! It's quite busy though. I wouldn't recommend going there if you seek a calm park. However it has everything you need to spend a great afternoon. Beautiful flower beds, a lake full of birds and some activities such as pedalos among others.
  • Beautiful park and lake. We'll visit a few times a year at least. Next to the Edgbaston cricket ground and Mosely high street so within easy reach of amenities. Parking can be very hit and miss. Popular bike riding spot.
  • This is a great place to meet with friends, or simply spend time with yourself. Great walking spot. Beautiful lake to walk around and river running alongside the park. Even play areas for the kids and large fields for ball games. There is a Coffee Shop, as well as the Midlands Art Centre (a.k.a the MAC) which runs fabulous and affordable courses for kids and adults. On top of all of that, they also have a cinema! Check out the MAC's website for more information on that. :)
  • Good to see councils and communities can provide an excellent service that's very well used. Parking was a problem, avoid and park elsewhere. The park was a great way to spend a morning and we could have stayed longer. Food in the cafe was well priced and high quality.