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Find a quiet space in the big city

Written by
Charlotte Spence

In amongst the hustle and bustle of the country's second biggest city, it can be hard to find somewhere to get away from it all; somewhere where you can reflect on things and chill out.

Here's our pick of some of the best spots in Birmingham to take a step back from city life and enjoy some space of your own...

Victoria Park


All of Birmingham's parks offer somewhere to escape urban commotion, but Victoria Park is a great place to escape the constant rush.

Bring a packed lunch and take a seat on one of the benches facing the cathedral, where you can people watch to your heart’s content.

Victoria Park, High Street, Smethwick, B66 3NT.

Lickey Hills


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Experience the great outdoors in the middle of the city. Whether you want to amble along paths, or strike out and make a new route yourself, Lickey Hills is the place to truly remove yourself from the city.

The views are to die for - look out for the BT tower and Old Joe on the University of Birmingham Campus in the distance and put city life in perspective.

Lickey Hills, Warren Ln, Lickey, Birmingham B45 8ER.

Edwardian Tea Room at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery


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The perfect place for you and a friend to tuck yourselves away for a few hours. In this vast room, filled with quirky decorations and delicious cakes, it’s easy to forget that outside the world is still rushing by.

The Edwardian Tea Rooms are peaceful, calming and offer a real sanctuary if you're stuck in the city centre on a particularly busy day.

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham, B3 3DH.

The Barber institute of Fine Arts


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At the Barber Institute you can travel all the way around the world in the most stress-free way possible. The galleries are filled with paintings by masters such as Rossetti, and there really is something for everyone.

Take an afternoon and discover something new, and indulge yourself in paintings, sculptures, or even classical music at one of the free Friday lunchtime concerts.

Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, B15 2TS.

Birmingham Library


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In a building the size of the library, it's easy to find some space to yourself. Alternatively, head to the secret garden or grab a coffee with friends on the terrace looking down on city life carrying on below.

Library of Birmingham, Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2ND.

Have we missed your favourite quiet space in Birmingham? Let us know.

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