This is the ideal park for the entire family, offering a variety of facilities including boating lakes, playgrounds, tennis courts, tropical greenhouses and nature conservation areas. It is also the home of the Midland Arts Centre. A walking/bicycling route winds through the grounds that has recently been extended. The park also plays host to a variety of concerts, performances and the annual Fireworks Fantasia.
Situated across Church Hill Road, the St Alphege Parish Church is a historic church that dates back to the 12th Century. Over a period of time, it was refurbished several times; the bells and the church's shire were renovated too. It is a beautifully restored religious space and its ancient organ pipe organ, stained glass windows that belong to different time periods and the overall architecture is worth exploring. Apart from that, this church is home to community functions, choir concerts, youth groups, sermons, lectures and similar events.
Proudly proclaiming the fact that it is "Europe's largest", the Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm affords a peaceful retreat away from all things Shakespearean. Hundreds of butterflies can be viewed at close quarters, many of the species sporting spectacular colors. For those interested in less attractive, more frightening creatures, other insect displays are available, including stick insects, leaf-eating ants and the world's largest spider.
If you are footsore and weary from shopping or sightseeing, why not see Stratford-upon-Avon from a different perspective? Hop aboard one of the modern passenger boats operated by Bancroft Cruisers from the wharf at the Stratford Moat House and take a 35 minute sightseeing cruise down river. Note that there are spaces on the larger boats for up to three wheelchairs. Bancroft Cruisers are also available for charter bookings, complete with on board bar facilities.
Birmingham has more miles of canals than Venice (as any local will only too proudly tell you), though many of them are hidden beneath street level. Gas Street Basin is where several canals meet and was once a thriving port. Today, you can still see colorful canal boats moored here, just a stone's throw from Broad Street in the city center. It's also an up-and-coming spot for new bars and cafes, and is close to popular Brindleyplace.
Montpellier Gallery is modern gallery which houses the work of contemporary artists most of whom are British. You are very welcome to browse in the gallery's three rooms each displaying a range of individual pieces. For example, there are prints by artists such as Roy Fairchild, exquisite glass confections by glass maker Peter Layton and more paintings, prints, ceramics and jewelery than you can take in. If nothing catches your eye, you can always commission a one-off piece from many of the artists on show here. Please call for open hours.
Designed by architect Patel Taylor, Eastside City Park is Birmingham's first public park for 130 years. Eastside City Park is spread over an area of 2 hectares (6.2 acres). At the Royal Institute of British Architects Midlands and East awards function held at Millennium Point, it bagged four awards. Some of the notable features of Eastside City Park include public squares, formal lawns, 310 trees and a canal that consists of 21 fountains. The Science Garden by Gillespie's, a part of the nearby Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum, is also found inside Eastside City Park's premises.
St Chad’s is the first catholic cathedral built after reformation for the population of Birmingham in the 18th century. The building is built of brick with bath stone dressings in German gothic style architecture and consists of important furnishings. It is an attractive looking cathedral with a vibrant aura just perfect to meditate and pray in peace. There are no visiting charges to enter this sacred place.
Red Palace is a typical result of the explosion of terracotta that followed the success of the Victoria Law Courts. This imposing building, close to the city centre, was erected in 1896 and served as a memorial to Lord Roberts of Kandahar, Commander in Chief of the British Empire. This red brick and terracotta building, five stories high, stands as a monument both to Imperial grandeur and architectural excellence.
Formerly known as Birmigham General Cemetery, Key hill Cemetery is a redundant Nonconformist cemetery that became operational in the 19th Century. In Birmingham, Key Hill Cemetery is the oldest burial ground which is not found inside a churchyard. Several memorials and fittings found inside Key Hill Cemetery are noted for their artistic and architectural value. Railings as well as the entry gates are marked as Grade II listed structures. Key Hill Cemetery is also marked by Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest as Grade II listed. Inside Key Hill Cemetery, you can find 46 Commonwealth service war burials, solemnized by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Inventor of eggless custard, Alfred Bird is buried at Key Hill Cemetery.
Part of the Chamberlain Schools, the Icknield Street School is a school, which is one of the Birmingham Board schools. A school full of history and architectural charm, it was built in 1883 by J.H. Chamberlain, and today it is also an ashram. Famously functioning in the 1880s, they had classes for girls and was later converted into a fully-functional board school. The structure looks like an old Victorian house, and is quite attractive from the outside.