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Cannon Hill Park

Covering 250 acres in the south of the city, Cannon Hill Park is a patchwork paradise of habitats. From formal gardens to wild woodland, sports pitches to kids’ playgrounds, you’ll find everything you need for the perfect day out in this park. Since it was donated to the people of Birmingham in 1873, the park has been transformed from meadowland to Green Flag award winner and is a firm favourite with locals and visitors to the city. Visiting for an event or planning a day in the park? Whatever your reason for staying close to this great green space, you’ll find a Premier Inn waiting to get your stay off to great start.

Cannon Hill Park
Cannon Hill Park

Top tip

Cannon Hill is such a big park, there’s no better way to explore than by the Land Train. Stopping off at all the major attractions, including the playground, mini golf, boating lake and the MAC Arts Centre, your round-trip ticket lets you hop on and off anytime, anywhere. The easiest way to pay is with a Fun Pass which you can buy at the kiosk. This can be used to pay for the Land Train, as well as the Golden Putter Mini Golf and Fun Park.

What's on

Whether you want to explore the wildlife, get active on the sports field, watch a bit of theatre or simply keep the kids entertained, Cannon Hill Park has a whole host of events to keep you busy. 

Want to find out more about the inhabitants of the park? For £70 a ranger will take you on a tour to spot the local wildlife. The guided walk lasts two and a half hours so make sure you wear comfortable shoes!

Make your way through  twisted pathways and across water hazards to see if you can be a Golden Putter Champion. You can take on all 36 holes for just £8.90 for adults and £7.40 for children, or grab a family ticket for £30.
If you fancy showing off your tennis skills, floodlights mean you can play all year round, day or night. Check out the Edgbaston Priory website to book onto coaching programmes that are run at the park.

Head to the MAC Arts Centre to catch some comedy, watch a film or see a gig. As well as shows, the centre hosts workshops. From jewellery making to craft skills, check out the website to see what you could learn.

Want to keep the kids entertained? Cannon Hill’s fun park is packed with games, rides and activities for toddlers to 10 year olds. Rides cost one or two tokens, which you can buy from the kiosk.

Every October the Cannon Hill Park plays host to part of the Great Birmingham Run. If you want to join the cheering crowds of spectators, the park is the perfect spot to view the race.

Getting there

Situated to the south of the city centre, Cannon Hill Park has lots of transport options. If you're jetting in it’s a short a 10-minute train journey from Birmingham International to New Street Station. When you arrive in the city centre, simply jump on a bus, take a taxi or walk to Cannon Hill Park.

Getting around

Cannon Hill Park has a range of facilities to make your visit go smoothly.

You’ll find maps highlighting facilities, as well as the park’s main attractions, near each entrance. Public toilets, including disabled toilets, are located just off the Edgbaston Road car park.

A lot of effort has been made to make Cannon Hill Park accessible to everyone. Both car parks have disabled spaces, and there are also disabled toilets. The Land Train has a wheelchair accessible carriage, which makes getting around the park even easier.

Eating and drinking

After a busy day exploring the park, you’ll want to refuel with some food and drink.

Continental breakfast

Inside the park

For a traditional park café experience, head to the Garden Tea Room which offers hot and cold food as well as tea, coffee and cakes. For high quality, ethically-produced products from local suppliers, head to the MAC Arts Centre. which serves everything from burgers and pizzas to stews and salads. If you just want a quick drink, hear to the Arena Bar for range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

A scene showing a typical gastro pub

Near the park

Need to quench your thirst after a day in the park?
Take a trip to the Old Moseley Arms. This traditional pub is hidden away in the back streets of Balsall Heath and has a very fine selection of real ales.
For fine dining, Michelin starred Carters of Moseley offers clean flavours and seasonal ingredients in a modern but cosy dining room.

Looking for a hotel in Birmingham?

Whether you want to stay in the city centre, leafy suburbs or beautiful surrounding countryside, we have lots of Premier Inn hotels in Birmingham to choose from. Whether you're staying in Birmingham for business, or pleasure, you'll also find hotels next to the major travel hubs like Birmingham Airport and Birmingham New Street Station, as well as conference venues the NEC, Barclaycard Arena and The Bullring for retail therapy.