Places in Birmingham
From famous stately homes to tiny hamlets, there’s lots of places
to visit in Birmingham and its surrounding areas. You don’t
have to even leave Birmingham to see some of the most stunning scenery.
The canal network passes through the city and there’s plenty
of pubs and café bars that capitalise on that providing excellent
food and views.
In the 18th century there was more than 174 miles of canals in this
area, today that figure is closer to 114 but there’s still plenty
to see and a journey on a canal boat is a perfect way to spend a sunny
Bournville is the village that was built up by George Cadbury in 1895
to house workers employed at his local factory. Today it stands as
a monument to the impressive political catalogue of Cadbury's achievements
together with a reminder about what was, and still is, good and great
about the Cadbury Company. It’s also home to the fantastic Cadbury
which is the perfect place to visit if you or your family has a sweet
Keen gardeners should head to the Birmingham Botanical House and
Wesbourne Road, Edgbaston, for inspiration. The Birmingham Botanical
Gardens were opened in 1832. They were designed by J. C. Loudon, a
leading garden planner, horticultural journalist and publisher.
Today the gardens offer a superb opportunity for recreation and relaxation
close to the centre and visitors can choose between two different
kinds of garden.
The Sub-Tropical House is home to thousands of hothouse and exotic
plants and is a fine example of a Victorian greenhouse, whilst the
Loudon Terrace offers a great range of outdoor plants and unusual
Castle Bromwich [map]
is a special place for both landscape and architectural reasons. Situated
only five miles from Birmingham city centre, Castle Bromwich Hall
and Gardens [map]
represent a rare example of a 17th century Jacobean stately house
complete with its original garden setting.
The Hall is a timber-framed farmhouse built, in 1590, by Richard Smalbroke,
a man of local importance whose family already farmed in Yardley and
operated a mercer’s business in the High St, Birmingham.
The Hall is typical of the timber-framed buildings once common throughout
the West Midlands. Notable features include the exterior, timber decoration
in close studding (ground floor), herringbone (first floor) and lozenge
(second floor) patterns. There is now no truly comparable building
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