Kings Heath Park, Birmingham - A wonderful open space!

Kings Heath Park is situated on Vicarage Road in Kings Heath next to King Edward VI Camp Hill Schools. A short walk away from the Kings Heath High Street.

 


Kings Heath Park is located on Vicarage Road and Avenue Road in Kings Heath, next door to King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys & Girls.

Where to find the Park

Kings Heath Park is a Green Flag status park on Vicarage Road, Birmingham B14 7TQ

View park HERE on our Birmingham map.

Plan your journey

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Kings Heath Park (September 2020). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

The park is centred on a house, built in 1832 and covers around 35 acres. It was the first urban park in Birmingham to achieve Green Flag status.

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Horticultural Centre and a pond at Kings Heath Park (February 2012). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

There is two play areas, a bolwing green and tennis courts.

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Basketball Court at Kings Heath Park (November 2018). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

It is on the 11A, 11C, 27, 35 and 76 bus routes from National Express West Midlands.

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The 27 from the 11C on Vicarage Road, turning into Avenue Road near Kings Heath Park (April 2018). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

The TV Garden

The TV Garden was usually opened to the public once a month on a Sunday afternoon. It had been used in the past for ATV or Central for a programme called Gardening Today. On the days when it is not open, you can peak at it through the locked gate.

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TV Garden at Kings Heath Park (May 2020). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

History of Kings Heath Park

The park was originally called Victoria Park is centred on a house, built in 1832. In 1880 the house was bought by John Cartland, a wealthy industrialist. From 1909-1911 the house was used as a school.  In 1911 Kings Heath and the park was incorporated into the city of Birmingham.  

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Kings Heath Park (February 2012). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

Kings Heath House

A house on this site was burnt down during the Birmingham 'Church and King' Riots in 1791, on land belonging to John Harwood, the original house was burnt down. It was rebuilt in the early 19th Century, and this is the Grade II listed building we see today. Stuccoed with a slate roof. The council bought the parkland and house in 1908, and from 1952 it became the Birmingham Horticultural Training School. Also called the School of Horticultural Training. There is now a tea room here which can be accessed through the doors in the middle, this is the Cartland Tea Rooms.

Kings Heath ParkThe House at Kings Heath Park (November 2018). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

The Cartland Tea Rooms

Facilities include a tea room, bowling green, plant nursery and two playgrounds.

Cartland Tea Rooms at Kings Heath Park. Photography by Christine Wright

 

The Lodge at King Edward VI Camp Hill Schools

Near the Vicarage Road main entrance to King Edward VI Camp Hill Schools (for both the Boys and Girls schools) is The Lodge. It is a Grade II listed building dating to the early 19th Century and can be seen from Kings Heath Park. It is possible that is used to be the lodge or gatehouse to Kings Heath House.

The Lodge at King Edward VI Camp Hill SchoolsThe Lodge at King Edward VI Camp Hill Schools from Kings Heath Park (February 2018). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

A day out at Kings Heath Park

The park holds Ranger led events and activities for schools.

Tree planting in Kings Heath Park.

Tree Planting at Kings Heath Park. Photography by Christine Wright

 

Plenty of places to just relax.

Bench to sit on at Kings Heath Park. Photography by Christine Wright

 

Path and trees in Kings Heath Park. Photography by Christine Wright

 

More trees and paths in Kings Heath Park. Photography by Christine Wright

 

Events over the years in Kings Heath Park

There has been a variety of events held at Kings Heath Park over the years from The Big Hoot, to the Free Radio Walkathon to the Magical Lantern Festival.

Free Radio Walkathon

This walk around Birmingham's Outer Ring Road, was last held by Free Radio in May 2013. Walkers could stop or start at Kings Heath Park as they walked all the way around the Outer Circle for charity.

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Free Radio Walkathon at Kings Heath Park (May 2013). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

The Big Hoot Birmingham 2015

There was about three big painted owls around Kings Heath as part of The Big Hoot. Plus the Little Hoot owls to find in shop windows. At Kings Heath Park there was one owl outside in the summer of 2015. The trail lasted for 10 weeks before being auctioned for charity.

Blodeuwedd by the artist Guy McKinley. The sponsor was Wild in Art.

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Blodeuwedd (by artist Guy McKinley) in Kings Heath Park (August 2015). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

Magical Lantern Festival

The Magical Lantern Festival was at Kings Heath Park during the Christmas season in 2017. Free to visit until 5pm, but you had to buy tickets if you wanted to see it after dark.

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Magical Lantern Festival at Kings Heath Park (December 2017). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

Contact and further details:

Friends of Kings Heath Park

www.birmingham.gov.uk

www.cartlandsindependent.com

 

Project dates

19 Jul 2018 - On-going

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Take the full post for a selection of photos looking at the life of Kings Heath Park throughout the seasons. 

The park is managed by Birmingham City Council, with the help of a team of local volunteers, the 'Friends of Kings Heath Park'.

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Take the full post for a selection of photos looking at the life of Kings Heath Park throughout the seasons. 

The park is managed by Birmingham City Council, with the help of a team of local volunteers, the 'Friends of Kings Heath Park'.


All photography by Christine Wright.

Find out more about the 'Friends of Kings Heath Park' by connecting here.

Kings Heath Park is centered on the Park House which was built in 1832 for the MP, William Congreve Russell. In 1880, it was bought by John Cartland (ancestor of the author Barbara Cartland, lover of pinkness and author of  romantic novels!).

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The land was sold to the council and opened as a public park in 1908. The building houses council offices and the Cartland Tea Rooms.

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Plants are available for sale in the nursery at Kings Heath Park.

Let's take a look at the Park though the seasons :

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Photography by Christine Wright.

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Raining at Kings Heath Park in late November 2018

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It's late November 2018 and we have a few days of wind and rain, probably due to Storm Diana. On a day when the rain wasn't too bad, I popped along for a walk around the wet Kings Heath Park. This time headed down to the bottom, then out via the Avenue Road exit. Started off from Vicarage Road.

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It's late November 2018 and we have a few days of wind and rain, probably due to Storm Diana. On a day when the rain wasn't too bad, I popped along for a walk around the wet Kings Heath Park. This time headed down to the bottom, then out via the Avenue Road exit. Started off from Vicarage Road.


On a day with dull weather a quick walk around a wet Kings Heath Park. These walks normally take me around 10 minutes (am a fast walker). Weather was bad so after I finished the walk, walked back up the Vicarage Road towards the High Street and Alcester Road South. On a dry day, I might walk down Avenue Road and into Highbury Park, or towards Selly Park.

For me Kings Heath is easy to get to. On the 11C, or the 11A back home (the park is on the Outer Circle). The no 35 bus route also passes the park, as does the 27 and 76.

The path on the left from Vicarage Road heading towards the School of Horticulture Training. King Edward VI Camp Hill Schools are on the other side of the fence to the left. Trees have mostly shed their leaves here.

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Approaching Kings Heath House. Now the School of Horticulture Training. With the bad weather, wasn't anybody sitting or standing outside of the building. It's Grade II listed and dates to the early 19th century. A previous building was burnt down in 1791 during riots in Birmingham. In the late 18th century the house and grounds belonged to John Harwood. The Birmingham Horticultural Training School opened here in 1952.

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Main entrance to the house. Now a ramp for those with wheelchairs or pushchairs. The tea room is over to the right. Palm trees outside remind you of the summer gone and the summer to come.

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Kings Heath Park Nursery. These look like palm trees to me outside (they are probably not - am not sure on tree species).

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Christmas decorations inside. Plants for sale. An open greenhouse.

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Heading down to the bottom end of the park close to the Camp Hill line, past this field. Lots of trees around, mostly leave-less now.

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Saw this robin on the path. Zoomed in on it. If you get to close they tend to fly away!

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Some steps down to the field at the bottom of the park. Trees still in leaf must be evergreen!

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The leaves on this tree have gone blood red and has left a pile of leaves below it!

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Field at the bottom of the park.

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Up the path from the bottom of the park as the rain came down. The branches of the trees forming a canopy, but that wouldn't stop you getting wet in the rain! Leaves on the lawn remind you that it is still autumn as winter approaches.

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More trees with leaves still to be shed. Quite yellowy brown now. Heading up to the Avenue Road exit.

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Saw this empty basketball court. Normally if someone was playing in here, or in one of the tennis courts, I wouldn't take a photo. Puddles all over the court. Would probably get splashed if you jumped up to throw a basketball into the hoop!

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Photos taken by Elliott Brown

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Enjoying the Autumn in Kings Heath Park.

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Take the full post to view the lovely Autumn colours captured at Kings Heath Park, Birmingham.

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The glorious autumn colours in Kings Heath Park this year have been enjoyed by young and old, in sunshine and in rain. We are so lucky to have such a beautiful greenspace in Kings Heath!

Enjoy this gallery of photography taken in Autumn 2018 in the park.

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Photography by Christine Wright

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