Picture Perfect Birmingham
Birmingham is often considered England's second city, and if you are sightseeing in birmingham uk you probably want to get some photographs of the city. Birmingham has a modern and striking skyline, dominated by its famous Bull Ring shopping centre and in addition, there are several other places where you can capture the city's heritage and be assured of taking a memorable photograph.
Birmingham supposedly has more miles of canal than Venice, and although Venice's canals may be more attractive, Birmingham's offer a unique insight into the city's heritage. Many canal towpaths have been cleaned up, allowing visitors to walk right through the city centre. These paths offer a different view of the city, and there are plenty of places to capture a great shot of the cityscape. In addition, look for the small details, such as colourful narrow boats, locks and other canal furnishings. One of the best places to take pictures of canals and the city in general is Brindley Place, a 17 acre development featuring offices, shops, restaurants and gardens. If you are a keen photographer, don't miss historic Gas Street Basin, another redeveloped section of canals, where brightly painted boats are often moored.
Another picturesque area of Birmingham and a great place to photograph the city's industrial heritage is the famous Jewellery Quarter, one of the most fascinating urban areas in Europe. Birmingham prospered during the Industrial Revolution, and this area to the north of the city centre attracted jewelers, silversmiths and craftsmen. Today, the area is still a maze of small workshops, factories and galleries and is home to the largest concentration of jewellery related businesses in the UK. Many of the beautiful Victorian facades still remain, as well as details such as signs, street lighting, doorways, decorative friezes on buildings and much more. One of the most photogenic places in the quarter is the 18th century St. Paul's Church, once known as the jewellers' church, and famous for its beautiful East Window and original wooden pews.
Anyone leaving the city centre of Birmingham will find plenty to photograph. Sutton Park is just a few miles from the city centre and is the largest city park in Europe. The 2,000 acre grounds feature several different habitats, including wetlands, woods and heathland. Photographers also enjoy visiting Cannon Hill Park, home to the city's wildlife conservation park, and Cannock Chase, a popular area of open countryside. Several footpaths go through the Chase, including the Heart of England way. One of the most photogenic spots here is Castle Ring, the remains of an Iron Age hill fort. Birmingham has several historic and stately homes scattered throughout the suburbs, and most of these make excellent subjects, especially in changing light and during different seasons. One of the best is Aston Hall, with its acres of landscaped gardens and spectacular Long Gallery. Sarehole Mill and its surroundings are another great location for photographers the area was supposedly the inspiration for some of the settings in The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings.