Cannon Hill is a reasonably sized park just on the out skirts of the city centre its about 5 to 10 minutes away on the bus ( no 45 or 47 from ouside the palisades shopping centre). it has a large collection of pools, flowers, trees and wildlife. also has tea rooms and the midlands art centre.
Despite all the creative talents out there on the virtual world, it is quite a difficult feat to make Pendigo lake appear as anything more than a lake stuck in an industrial parl. Some brave souls at flickr have attempted it - but they are still having to crop their shots to avoid taking in some of the monumentally boring boxes of the halls of the National Exhibition Centre.
Hard to believe really, but this could have been the centrepiece for an Olympic games. Birmingham's bid for the 1992 games would have been compact, cheap and easily accessible. On the other hand nobody wanted to come. It therefore got about two votes.
If you happen to be visiting the NEC (and millions do each year for the various exhibitions and fairs) then at least it provides a 'time out' area for a stroll - or indeed a ready made jogging track if you are staying at one of the local hotels.
Ward End house is a house packed full of histroy. I always used to think it was the white house when I was younger haha! The house was owned by Bankers in the 18th century but was then sold to Birminghams land corporation. It then become the park as we all know it today.
Ward End Park is a great place for people to go and just walk around or to go fishing in the pond there. There is a childrens play area in good park area for the adults to sit down in.
There is also caged Tennis courts if you prefer to play tennis or if your children would enjoy playin tennis.
For Queen Elizabeth II's 40th jubilee, an arboretum was planted in Highbury Park. It has got trees from around the world planted up in it and is very pleasant to stroll around on a nice sunny day. I don't even think many locals are aware of its existance, but that makes it even more off the beaten track!
It's located just off Yew Tree Road, Moseley, which in turn is the road that Highbury Hall is on.
This is one of Birmingham's, many parks. It has a tea room where you can get a cream tea and is also the venue for The Gardener's World show which happens every summer. You can pick up some pretty good bargins from it when it's on. Also, Gardener's World is filmed in a garden which is fenced off most of the year, but opened for the show.
Escape from the city center and visit one of the many parks, Cannon Hill is probably the most famous. Most people do not end to realise that there is greenery around Birmingham. This park has great gardens and a nice lake, and is located in Moseley just outside the city center.