Kings Heath Park
Kings Heath Park, the first urban park in Birmingham to achieve Green Flag status covers approximately 35 acres. The area around the main house and conservatory features high quality seasonal bedding schemes, herbaceous borders, alpine outcrops, heather beds, trees, shrubs and a refurbished pool area.
From the more formal areas of the park there is transition to more informal areas where visitors can get involved with passive and active recreation. For a detailed history of the park please follow this link.
The Television Garden made famous by Cyril Fletcher and the Gardening Today series is also located within the park grounds.
Recreation - The park presents a variety of opportunities for recreation. The large grassed areas are ideal for children and family play and there are plenty of lovely spots for picnicking.
Play Areas - The main play area (Avenue Road entrance) is designed for five to 12 year olds and features a range of play equipment which includes a slide, shelter and swings.
The toddlers play area (near to the Lodge at Vicarage Road) is for one to five year olds. Equipment includes a slide, climbing frame and swing and is specifically designed for very young children.
Bowls - There is a bowling green at Kings Heath Park. The green is very well used by the home men's and women's teams. If you are interested in using the bowling green please see a member of staff based in the main house.
Refreshments - The Victorian Tea Room provides a high quality facility selling sandwiches, cakes, teas, coffees and much more. Set within the park grounds the room has excellent views of the park, giving visitors a very relaxing and tranquil setting. Even in the winter many people still come and enjoy themselves. You can telephone the Tea Room direct on 0121 443 5540. Opening Times: 10.30am - 4.30pm every day.
Events - The Ranger Service organises a year-round programme of events and activities for families and schools and is based at the Hall Green and Selly Oak Ranger hub within Kings Heath Park House. For a list of events or to reserve a place please follow this link.
Education - Birmingham Parks Ranger Service works to achieve better understanding of wildlife and the natural environment at all levels, from introductory walks and talks, Education Naturally and curriculum-linked primary programmes through to university research projects.Toilets - The main toilet block is located near the bowls hut just past the glasshouses (a short walk form the main car park).
Kings Heath Park, Vicarage Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham, B14 7TQ. For a larger detailed map of the park please visit Google maps
The park has 3 main areas of access:
The Main Entrance - Vicarage Road (pedestrian and vehicular).
Avenue Road/Vicarage Road corner entrance (mainly pedestrian).
Avenue Road entrance (pedestrian and vehicular).
People arriving by car can park in the car park opposite the house. However, where necessary, provision can be made to park in front of the house. Anyone whishing to do so can either call at the house on arrival or Tel: 0121 444 2848 in advance to make the necessary arrangements.
Directions from M42 to Kings Heath Park:
- From M42 come off at Junction 3.
- From Junction 3, take the A435 North towards Birmingham.
- Continue along the A435 for about 5 miles. As you come into Kings Heath you will go through one set of traffic lights, go past a petrol station and a Sainsbury's on the left.
- At the traffic lights in the centre of Kings Heath you will see a "Halifax" on the right. Turn left here into Vicarage Road.
- Continue along Vicarage Road for about half a mile and you will see the park on the right. Turn right at the Entrance signed 'Horticultural College', and park in the car park at the top of the drive in front of the cream coloured building.
Access for Disabled People
The site is generally flat with a gentle slope to the North West of the site. There is equal access for all users and there are special facilities for disabled people, such as ramped entrances to the main house and nursery shop.