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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  • Considering how close you are, to the centre of Birmingham, it's surprising to find such a nice park. Lots on offer, from a cafe, arts centre, cinema, theatre, childrens play area, little boats to hir...  more »
  • A very good couple of hours spent here today. The 18 hole golf was very good and entertaining with the quirky holes and especially the holes near the water. The play area opened at 11am and was good v...  more »
  • Cannon Hill is a regular spot I visit: there are loads of things to do, loads of reasons to go and I would definitely recommend. I go here to run (particularly as part of the 9am parkrun on Saturdays)...  more »
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  • I have been coming here since I was a child and I still love it now as an adult. Great place for a family day out. Nice play area for younger children and the addition of a fun fare and recently refurbished crazy golf. Great for picnics and walking dogs. Pleasant train ride sound park and cosy tea room. The Mac is also worth a visit as is the Nature Centre.
  • Beautiful green park in the heart of suburban Birmingham. Home to the Midlands Arts Centre (mac) which is as diverse as the name would imply: theatre, music, film, exhibitions, workshops and classes of all kinds. Mini-golf almost as good as Great Yarmouth (nothing ever will be). Fairground, tennis courts, Swan pedal boats, sometimes even a circus. Plenty of grass space for picnics, ball games. As far as I know, this is the best park in Birmingham. It's no Hyde, but it's certainly green.
  • Beautiful park... lots of grassy areas to play ball... benches to sit... kids areas - however... there is now a full time fair ground which can be pricey... boats to hire and the train around the park is also a cost. The MAC can be pricey too. But it's a great space... ice cream van is there on warm weekends and in the holidays.
  • We are regular visitors to cannon hill park and we love the activities. Always loads of parking and their is always an event on. Indoor toilets and the small animal sanctuary near by means there is loads to do. It's always a stress free park and a good place for scooters and bikes. With the Mac and their activities even if it rains there is always something to do.
  • Love cannon hill park. It is beautifully maintainedand loads to do The kids love the play areas. Small fair suitable for younger children. There is also mini golf, small land train, boat rides and more.... Can make a great day out here.

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