This month on the blog we are celebrating the beauty of Birmingham, a city surrounded by exquisite natural beauty and historic architecture. With over 8,000 acres of parks and open spaces – more than any other European city, ten of which have received the prestigious Green Flag Award.
Surrounded by stunning countryside on all sides and with more canals than Venice, this multicultural city offers visitors beautiful vistas from dramatic city skylines to panoramic views of parkland.
Here at Hotel La Tour, we are incredibly proud of our city and we want to invite you to experience the beauty of Birmingham by sharing just a few of our favourite views in and around Birmingham.
Lickey Hills & Beacon Hill
A stone’s throw from the bustling city centre is the Lickey Hills country park, where you can take in the panoramic stunning views of this Green Flag award winning space. Beacon Hill, one of the most famous views at Lickey Hill, is a must see as it offers an incredible view of 13 counties surrounding the city, as well as expansive views of the surrounding countryside.
Lickey Hills Visitor Centre makes a great base for families seeking fun and adventure thanks to its regular ranger led activities.
One of the best natural beauty hot spots in the Midlands is located just a few miles south of the city. Clent Hills are Worcestershire’s best kept secret, offering visitors panoramic views of the Cotswolds, Welsh borders and Shropshire Hills alongside English country charm in the picturesque high street of Clent itself.
Cannon Hill Park
Just 2 miles outside the city, locals and visitors alike flock in great numbers to the vast Cannon Hill Park where you can enjoy walks around its two picturesque lakes, or take an adventure trail to explore woodland flora, fauna and plenty of wildlife. Another open space boasting Green Flag status, this park truly comes into its own during the summer months when there is boat rowing, tennis courts and fishing available to members of the public. Cannon Hill Park even offers an artistic experience during a visit to this natural beauty spot with the Midlands Arts Centre exhibition centre right on its doorstep. One of our favourite parks in Birmingham!
Want to be submerged in the city’s culture? Head to the beautiful Victoria Square, one of our favourite sights of the city. Indulge in some people watching whilst sitting on the edge of Mistry’s impressive sculptural fountain, The River. Day or night this busy square is a hub of activity, especially during special events such as the recent Royal Wedding or Wimbledon when the Birmingham Big Screen becomes a hot spot for anyone wanting to watch the events unfold. Victoria Square is especially beautiful during the festive season, where it hosts the infamous Frankfurt Christmas market each November and December. We highly recommend this well-loved landmark of the city centre as the perfect place to stop and soak up the city atmosphere.
A visit to Birmingham would not be complete without a walk along the miles of scenic canals winding their way through the city, and our favourite spot to frequent is BrindleyPlace. This business quarter is bustling with life thanks to its funky bars, restaurants and cafés where you can grab a bite to eat while watching the decorative barges make the way up and down the canal. Take a short stroll along the canal pathway and the city simply melts away leaving you to enjoy unspoilt tranquil waterside views. With its scenic river views and stunning waterside location, BrindleyPlace is one of our favourite sights in Birmingham.
The Jewellery Quarter
Lastly, we must mention the national treasure that attracts thousands of visitors from across the country; the Jewellery Quarter. This unique area located just east of the city centre contains more than 200 stunning listed buildings, and is home to over 500 world class highly skilled jewellers. This historic district dates back more than 250 years and proudly boasts the city’s last remaining Georgian Square in the tranquil surroundings of St Paul’s. The Jewellery Quarter is a growing vibrant area that offers fine restaurants, bars and galleries to both visitors and its growing population of residents.
We would love to know what your favourite sight or experience is in this wonderful city.
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