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Large follies to small garden shell grottos - Birmingham's hidden gems!

Cities can often throw up some magical historical gems and Birmingham is a great example. Here we look at follies and shell grottos that have survived the city's amazing growth.

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Stratford House, Highgate - A Birmingham Gem!

Stratford House is a Grade II* listed building on Stratford Place, between Moseley Road and New Moseley Road, and near Highgate Middleway. Built in 1601 for Ambrose and Bridget Rotton.

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Hay Hall, Tyseley - A hidden Birmingham Gem!

Hidden away around the corner from the tip in Tyseley is Hay Hall on Redfern Road. A Grade II listed building and a former sub-manor house of the Este family of Yardley.

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Walsall Arboretum - A wonderful open space!

Walsall Arboretum is a Victorian public park situated on Broadway North in Walsall and it opened to the public in 1874. The large lake is the Hatherton Lake, there is also the Small Pool.

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Passions: Environment & green action, Rivers, lakes & canals, Green open spaces
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The Valley Parkway, Bournville - A wonderful open space!

The Valley Parkway is situated in Bournville near Bournville Lane and Woodbrooke Road. Home of the Bournville Model Yacht & Powerboat Club.

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Passions: Environment & green action, Rivers, lakes & canals, Green open spaces
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Olton Reservoir - A private open space

It is only possible to see Olton Reservoir from the train, there is no access to members of the public and impossible to see it from the Warwick Road. Built 1799 to supply water to Grand Union

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Nature & Wildlife around Birmingham and the West Midlands

From scarce mammals like water voles and polecats to dragonflies and kingfishers, and a huge variety of plant life, there is much to treasure and so many places to visit across the city.

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Passions: Environment & green action, People & community, Rivers, lakes & canals, Green open spaces
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St Edburgha's Church, Yardley - Culture, history and faith

St Edburgha's Church is situated in Old Yardley Village. A Grade I listed building of 13th Century origin, but mostly of the 14th and 15th Centuries. Including monument to Henry Greswolde.

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St Laurence's Church, Northfield - Culture, history and faith

St Laurence's Church is a Grade I listed parish church in Northfield that dates to the 12th Century. Located in a conservation area near the Great Stone Inn and Village Pound.

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St Nicolas' Church, Kings Norton - Culture, history and faith

St Nicolas' Church is the parish church of Kings Norton. A church has been on this site since the 11th Century, although this one dates from the 13th to 19th Centuries.

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The original Curzon Street Station (dating back to 1838) - A Birmingham Gem!

The old Curzon Street Station was the first mainline station to open in Birmingham in 1838. It closed to passengers in 1893 and to freight in1966. It is now part of HS2.

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Aston Villa Academy - Community engagement

Aston Villa Football Club are bringing forward plans for a state-of-the-art football academy that will enable the club to grow its youth training programme within inner-city Birmingham.

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The Brewmaster's House - A Birmingham Gem!

The Brewmaster's House is next to The ICC and opposite Brindleyplace. It was built in 1816 and was the first Birmingham Conservation Trust restoration project to be completed in 1984.

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Villa Park - Home of Aston Villa FC

Villa Park is the home of Aston Villa Football Club. The ground opened in 1897. Aston Villa is one of the founding members of the world's first  Football League. 

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The former Floodgate Street Board School, Digbeth - A Birmingham Gem!

The Grade II* listed building at the Digbeth Campus of South & City College Birmingham, on Floodgate Street, Moores Row and Milk Street. Built as the Floodgate Street Board School in 1891.

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The Foundation of the Schools of King Edward VI in Birmingham - A Birmingham Gem!

The Foundation of the Schools of King Edward VI in Birmingham dates back to the founding of King Edward's School in 1552. Today it includes 12 schools.

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Birmingham - A wonderful city with a great mix of amazing historic buildings

Here, through features, galleries, maps and tours, we'd like to introduce you to some of the wonderful historic builds and architecture on show in and across Birmingham. 

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Public Art in and across Birmingham

Art is great for the soul and mind! Enjoy this feature with our community of people with passion who love their art and love to showcase what's on show across their city for all to enjoy.

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Millennium Point - A Birmingham Gem!

Millennium Point is a mixed used public venue. Home to Thinktank, Birmingham City University and Birmingham Metropolitan College. There used to be an IMAX cinema here. Opened in 2001.

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Vehicle hire schemes in Birmingham and the West Midlands

Previously we had Car2Go in 2013-14. Now we have Voi e-scooter's starting in 2020, and from 2021 West Midlands Cycle Hire. Users need to have an app to unlock the vehicle they will hire.

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Public Squares across Birmingham

Birmingham’s impressive public squares are so important to the City and are much admired by both visitors and people who live in Birmingham. Take our feature for more.

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Introducing The International Convention Centre (The ICC), Birmingham, UK

The ICC, designed by Percy Thomas, is the city's major conference venue and was opened by Queen Elizabeth II in June 1991. Located between Centenary Square and the Canalside.

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Edgbaston Stadium - Home to Warwickshire County Cricket Club

Edgbaston Cricket Ground, also known as the County Ground or Edgbaston Stadium, is based in Birmingham. The home of Warwickshire County Cricket Ground. Was redeveloped during 2010-11

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Street Art across Birmingham, UK

Birmingham, in particular Digbeth and Southside, has one of the greatest collections of street art to be found anywhere in the world. Take our feature with trails and gallery - enjoy!

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Parks and Open Spaces - Birmingham loves them!

In and around Birmingham, there is so much to enjoy with great parks, open spaces, canals, nature and wildlife. There are so many spaces for people to visit and enjoy.

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