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.HistoryOn 18 April 1873, a local benefactor, Miss Louisa Ann Ryland (1814–89) of Barford Hill House, Warwickshire, gave just over 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. Grade II* listed, it was refurbished in 2012.
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  • I couldn't quite believe how much there was to do in a park area. The place had its own mini-funfair, a small minigolf course, monuments, ponds, a mini train, and a place to have a lovely lunch afterw...  more »
  • We often visit Cannon with the dog. Great large open space park to walk around the lake. It is also pretty flat.  more »
  • I do like this park. It's nice and clean and quite big too. Has good parking facilities too which is nice.  more »
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  • Cannon Hill is one of my favourite 'go to ' spaces. Always great parking facilities... Although it used to be free parking! Something new to see no matter how often you visit. The grounds are impeccably kept and have wonderful flowers and majestic trees. There are several paths to vary any walking experience and it always feels safe. Another useful feature is the availability of well spaced and well maintained seating across the grounds.
  • Lovely park... we went for a picnic. parking is a problem.. not enough of it! The park has a lovely lake with swan boats which you can hire and ride on. Also there is a small rides area for small children which is very popular but in my opinion is a little over priced Overall a great park for a family outing.
  • Great place for kids, there are tennis courts, golf area for family and kids, boating lake and is a big park. There is a fun fare during summer. Kids will love seeing and feeding the ducks and swans. A very friendly place for walking. One of the best places in Birmingham.
  • It's clean and well looked after generally with plenty of activities and things to do and also hosts the MAC centre. The few issues keeping it from a 5 star only really show themselves during hot weather with a huge influx of people, the parking ends up spilling into all of the surrounding roads blocking them up, the bins end up overflowing and the queues end up long. Also the parking is no longer free so be aware that you'll want to take change.
  • It's not massive but if you want something to do there is plenty: mini golf, boating club, fountains, paths, activities for children, theatre, etc. They also host the weekly parkrun and it's popular for joggers. The Garden Tea Room is a lovely, old school style cafe serving simple sandwiches, toasties and honest food. It's popular for those who have just finished Parkruns on a Saturday morning and I love it the way it is.
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