Parks & Open Spaces

Not far from the lively streets and shopping areas, you can find a mix of both urban and country parks full of colour and woodland

Sutton Park Lake


Birmingham is renowned for its wealth of luscious green areas and canal-side stops. Many urban parks have tennis courts, children's play areas, cafes and award winning green spaces.

The city has been awarded European gold for its entry to Entente Florale Europe, the ‘Eurovision’ of city horticultural and environmental achievement, proving Birmingham really is a city with floral excellence.

Key Facts

  • Birmingham has more green space than any other regional city
  • Beacon Hill in Lickey Hills Country Park sits 975 feet above sea level, that's about one quarter of Ben Nevis
  • There are nearly 600 parks and open spaces in the Birmingham area

Parks & Gardens

In and around Birmingham you can find a wonderful blend of urban and rural parks that allow for some serene relaxation away from the vibrant streets.

Cannon Hill Park hosts five tennis courts, a bowling green and a mini golf course. Eastside City Park is also in the city centre with an award-winning design and 310 trees.

A couple of miles out of the city, parks like Sutton Park are full of wildlife and woodlands with hundreds of acres of greenland to walk and explore. Those with green fingers will also find tranquillity at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens in Edgbaston.

Read more about Birmingham's many parks and gardens on the Visit Birmingham website.

Canal Stops

With more miles of canal than Venice, there are plenty of beautiful views, stunning modern developments like the Cube and restored industrial heritage buildings to enjoy during a peaceful boat journey through Birmingham.

Running throughout Birmingham, it is one of the biggest canal networks in Europe. The towpaths make for great walking and cycling routes and there's a variety of cafes and restaurants where you can sit al fresco and watch the longboats float by. A true slice of Birmingham culture. 

Cycle Routes

Travelling on two wheels is a very scenic and efficient way of getting around Birmingham. The city centre and canal-side paths means there are plenty of routes, both for the daily commute and leisure, to choose from.

Anyone who does not own a bike can also hire bikes for the day through one of the city's bicycle rental services.

Read more about Birmingham's cycle routes on the Visit Birmingham website.


Active Parks rolled out to 50 Birmingham parks in 2014, with a wide range physical activities to improve health and well-being, whilst having fun.

Various sports and fitness activities are available throughout the parks, from walks to rambles, running, cycling, Zumba, Tai Chi, to sports like rounders, basketball, tennis and rowing.

Cannon Hill park provides five tennis courts and both 2k and 5k running tracks to keep fit on and, for a more relaxed sport, there is a Mini-Golf course there to test your skills.

Discover More of what Birmingham has to offer

With everything from the latest fashion and greatest dining, the liveliest bands to the most relaxing canal rides , there's always something new to discover in Birmingham.