Being a Brummie, I've grown up visiting the Nature Centre on the edge of Cannon Hill Park. Now in my 20s I still think it's a great place to spend a sunny afternoon, and this weekend I took Adam S for a look around.
This place is a bit of a hidden gem. It is easily overlooked but at only a few pounds entry (£5.50 for full adults) it is well worth a visit. Inside, there's a real variety of exotic animals, including porcupines, meerkats, ocelots, otters, antelopes, snakes, red pandas, spiders, monkeys (loads of different kinds), lemurs.... I could go on. Most of the animals, especially the meerkats and lemurs, are quite active and inquisitive, especially when the centre staff are nearby. The enclosures are all well maintained and leafy, and the centre is really nice to wander around, with wooded areas and bridges crossing the river Rea.
Facilities for the nature explorer include a cafeteria at the centre of the park and a play area for children.
Well worth a visit!
If you're in Birmingham with children and stuck for ideas for things to do, this place should be on your list!
It's been revamped recently and they have a lot more animals and enclosures which most children should love to watch such as squirrel monkeys and the red panda.
My favourites are the red panda and the meerkats (they have two lots of meerkats, one by the otters, and the other in with the porcupines, the latter is the most interesting to watch and they have a lot more space).
I feel that some enclosures are a bit small though and it looks like the animals are quite bored which can be a little distressing sometimes. Especially the reptile house where I've seen lizards banging their heads repeatedly against the side of the enclosure.
Where else meerkats can be seen in Birmingham area? Not the only good reason for visit this facility but just in case you have ever been there, Birmingham Nature Centre is on Pershore Road, behind the Cannon Hill Park, in Edgbaston. The tickets cost £ 4 (adults) and children from 5 to 15 years (£ 1.50), but the little ones (under 5 years old) have free admission.
I have been a couple of times, and a part the cockroaches, it always a pleasant spending some hours contemplating wild life and nature over there. The most popular animals are still the meerkats, but obviously that the wildcats, guinea pigs, among other exotic animals also add to the whole experience.
Definitely a children's friendly spot, perfect for a picnic in family, if you fancy bringing your own snack. If not, there is a café on the site. A better way of finding more information about the Nature Centre is visiting their facebook page because their page at Birmingham City Council website is very simple and just provides basic information about the locale.
If you have small kids then this place is a MUST. It's a mini zoo! Everyone loves the zoo, right?
You may have driven past it hundreds of times and never given it a second glance, but you really should investigate. It's only a few quid to get in (take cash) and it'll provide for at least 2 hours entertainment for the little ones. There are all sorts of animals there, but nothing too big or fierce that might scare them. Best of all are the monkeys, of which there are several kinds.
My son particularly likes the porcupines, for some reason, so we spend most of our time in the Nature Centre near that enclosure. There are also emus, goats, insects.....all sorts of things, cute or otherwise.
As we're into the lovely summer months I would recommend making a packed lunch and heading over here for a lovely morning. You can stroll in Cannon Hill Park afterwards and then get a bite to eat in The Mac.
I love this place! I go at least once a month when it is open during the week which is from April to the first week in November (i think) For such a low admission price at £1.70 when you are with children under 5 or £2 if with older kids.
There are lots of great animals to see here, from the Lemurs, mercats, otters, porcupines, wild cats, red panda, giant rabbits, aquarium fish, turtles (or tortoises!), Mara which I have seen lots recently in the guinea pig village, other animals to monkeys, rodent hut, creepy crawlies hut, sheep, goat.
There is also a soft play area in the cafe for under 5's and a play area outside by the guinea pig village. They have plenty of areas where you can enjoy a picnic as well as the cafe to buy some sandwiches, baked potatoes and burgers, chips from and all at a reasonable price.
Really great way to spend a morning or an afternoon.
Easy to get to and certain fun for little ones. The centre has many animals within but you have to be careful of the times you visit as they don't come out at certain times and in certain weather aswell.
It is a very educational place, so you can both delight and teach the kids at the same time. With such cute animals and friendly staff, you can't go wrong here.
The Nature Centre is a great place for any animal lovers to visit. There is a wide variety of animals to be seen, whether you admire the cute, the cuddly, the sly predator, the scaly or the insectoid. I liked seeing the otters! The birds there were also wonderful to see. It was difficult to see some animals because of the enclosures being as accurate representations of their natural habitats. But we returned to the particular enclosure later in the day so we managed to see everything by doing that.
The day may be influenced by the weather but there are places to shelter, either admiring animals in the reptile, rodent and spider/millipede/etc houses, the cafe or the shop.
The staff were friendly and helpful.
This little zoo in the heart of Birmingham makes for a lovely day out.
Although small, it houses a good collection of animals and birds, from goats, sheep and geese to lemurs, meercats, otters and red pandas. There is also a reptile house, small insectarium and an aquarium to look round on your visit.
Entry to the park is phemoninally cheap. If you tire of looking at the wildlife the children can burn off some energy in the play area or you can pay a visit to the cafe for a drink and something to eat. There is also a gift shop to buy little mementos of your visit.
This place is fantastic if you have young children. It is very cheap, so much so that I never bother buying the membership. It is located next to Cannon Hill Park. Do note though that it is only open at weekends during the winter.
The range of animals is good enough for young kids - I particularly love the meerkats and the goeli monkeys (think that is how it is spelt) and the otters but the centre also has hamsters, birds, deer etc. It also has a decent enough outdoor play area, ideal for 1 - 6 year olds in my experience. The only bit of the nature centre that disappoints is the cafe. It smells of greasy food and the food offer is not exciting at all. I would never plan to buy lunch there - prefering to take a picnic on a nice day and eating outside. The soft play area is also problematic for very young children as although the height limit is clearly marked, many parents do not bother to enforce it (ie keep taller/older children out of the soft play area) and the staff don't enforce it either. Don't let this put you off though as I think the nature centre is a Brummie treasure.
The nature centre is great for young children. Its very cheap to get in around £1.75 for an adult and child there is also a small gift shop. There is quite a few animals, a soft play area and cafe.
The animals seem happy and well cared for. There are sheep, goats, small monkeys, birds, spiders, small mammals etc.
In warmer weather you might want to take a picnic as there are areas where you can eat.
You could quite easily spend a day there
Everyone in Birmingham and every visitor to Birmingham ought to pay a visit to the Nature Centre. It is the ultimate experience Birmingham has to offer. It's home to a wide variety of animals from goats, beavers and pigs to reptiles including some endangered species from around the world. If you're a nature lover and a lover of animals you'll simply fall in love with this place. It's perfect for the kids too and how about this for a special present; Sponsor an Animal, you can sponsor one or more of the residents for a year, it's a minimum of £50.00 for which you will receive a pack of information about your animal, a certificate that you can proudly display at home, you get a plaque at the nature centre acknowledging how supportive you've been and you're entitled to two free visits. The members of staff are fantastic.
I don't know anyone in Birmngham who hasn't been here at least once. Located close to Birmingham city centre the nature centre is knda like a city zoo. It has a variety of different animals from farm animals to wild cats to snakes to monkeys. It costs £3 for adults and I think children under the age of five go in for free as do carers if they are supporting a disabled person. The walkways are very clean as are the animal enclosures and the staff are very knowledgable about the animals and when you speak to them you can tell that they are passionate about conservation. There's a cafe where you can have a bite to eat and adequate parking. A great cheap day out for the family!
The Nature Centre which can be found right next to Cannon Hill Park is a wonderful day out for young and old alike. I have spent many wonderful days there as a child and adult and have always wanted to go back. For ludicrously low prices you get to see a wide array of animals from reptiles to farm yard and even red pandas which are rarely found elsewhere. This place is like a miniature zoo in the heart of the city and offers people a chance to experience wildlife they may otherwise miss out on. They also have an excellent cafe which houses a children's play area and provides a wide range of hot and cold food. On the whole this place is a real family winner and on a hot Birmingham day a trip here followed by a visit to Cannon Hill Park is a truly enjoyable experience.
Ok, so don't expect lots of big exciting animals, but it's a perfect cheap family day out. They have meerkats, walabies, wild cats and other small animals. Bring your own picnic to eat at the tables and you could have a family day out for under £20!
Very cheap day out for the kids in birmingham to see some animals, cages are not large but all the animals seem happy. We did see a number of mice running around the place but it is next to the cannals.
My daughter and grandchildren introduced me to the nature centre alongside Cannon Hill Park. It was not somewhere I had visited until on a day out with the grandchildren. The car park outside was a good size and we found a place easily. You gain entrance to the centre walking through the brown building, paying a small entrance fee, pick up a guide to the center and walk straight out to be greeted by the sights of sheet and goats. For the entrance price this venue is a wonderful way to spend half a day enjoying the animals ranging from rats, monkeys, fish, lynx to red panda. They house many wonderful animals here. They are currently only open at weekends so it can be rather busy
Birmingham Nature Centre has over 130 species of animals, including guinea pigs, owls, snakew, lizards, meerkats and red pandas. The animals are kept in surrounding similar to their natural habitats. It is a good place for children and people to know about the wildlife.
A fun and educational day out with children would be a trip to the nature centre. There are many different animals to view close up in naturalistic settings. I was most impressed by the Lemurs and the walkability of the centre. A lot of the staff is made up of volunteers and car parking is available.
This place is awsome. It cost like £1 for students to get in. Its much bigger than you would think from the outside. They have quite a lot of animals there too. Ranging from rats, to monkeys to otters. There arent any big animals but theres plenty of the cute little ones. Children and adults will love this place. Well worth a vist. Very cheap fun (part of the) day out. Theres free parking too.
A great place for younger children, older children might find it abit boring if they go more than once. Plenty of animals bugs rodents for kids to look closely at. admission is very cheap great prices for a couple of hours of entertainment during those long school holidays. I wouldnt say the cafe was very good though i would rather take my own picnic and eat at the picnic tables provided. It has a gift shop although not much selection its amazing how a rubber bug can make a child smile so big!
All in all a cheap entertaining afternoon out for the family
I visited the nature centre last week with my 2 daughters, and thoroughly enjoyed it.
There is plenty to see and to amuse young children, with a real variety of different animals such as small reptiles, various rodents, wildcats and small mammals, insects and tropical birds.
Particular standouts were the large tortoise, the lemurs, otters and porcupines.
There is plenty of near by parking, as well as being easily accessible for both the Pershore Road buses, or a very short walk to the Bristol Road bus route.
We will definitely go back, as it is such a cheap day out, with the addition of having Cannon Hill park next door.
Growing up in Birmingham, i've been here ALOT throughout my whole life, i'm now 21 and recently went back to see what the place was like now, its EXACTLY how i remember it, with some changes to animals, this isn't exactly a huge zoo, or an animal park, but a decent sized center for some pretty cool animals, including Lemurs, small moneys, snakes, rodents, lovely otters! porcupines. Its a great half a day out for anyone, you cant help but smile at how enthusiastic the otters are, and watching the lemurs bound around is great, toilets are good, cafe is great, and you can enjoy it no matter what the weather! id highly recommend it!
Visited for the 2nd time and wanted to say how much myself, my wife and 2yr old daughter enjoyed our visit. Superb value at only £4 per adult and children under 5 are free. Well done Birmingham City council for this excellent attraction. I've taken a few pictures which I've posted. I hope that you all enjoy them.
nice well layed out,and cheap,but not much there,for older children,but there are many little animals eg wild cats,lix,owls,mearcats.and nice play area
This place is great for a day out with the kids and its actually quite educational for the oldies too. Lots of lovely animals , birds , insects and reptiles to see. Although it was hilarious to see my eldest pointing at pigeons, saying wow look at the bird Due to its small size you can spot them easily unlike in huge safari parks where they often hide! They also have a small farm animal section where the kids can pet the animals or pinch them as mine have done!!! (for all those animal lovers out there , rest assured that they were given a telling of). There is also a small outdoor play area. You need a couple of hours to get around so wear comffy shoes. There is a small cafe with hot and cold basic food eg chips and egg etc. There is also a great soft play area. So i usually encourage the kids to eat with this as a reward!! Also for all you shoppers out there there is a gift shop too. My eldest got a soft toy snake, which he called craig???? Parking is quite easy and on site and the entry fee is cheap and certain groups of people get discouts eg oap etc. They do also have organised fun days/ wokshops for kids throughout the year eg pond dipping, creepy crawlie search etc. Overall a really great fun and cheap day out.
We visited here the other day and,once we found the entarance,discovered what a lovely place this is. As mentioned above,we had trouble finding the place,esp as pedestrians new to the area. There are only traffic road signs for directions,and we got to the park and still no clear directions. Else,the selection of animals homed here is good and reasonably different from other smaller zoo type places I have been to previously. There are Lynx,Porcupine,Limas,owls,otters,meercats etc.,as well as the small mammals and bugs/insects,plus more. They have a cafe for refreshments,seating inside and out with toilets nearby. The biggest let down I feel more for children,is the gift shop. It may have been when we went,but we found there wasnt much selection of gifts to buy as a reminder of the day. There is only a small selection,half of which are behind the counter,which I am guessing,will be difficult to view in the event of a large group of people wanting to purchase something. Otherwise a great day was had by all,and for the cheap enterance fee,was well worth a visit,and highly recommend a visit if you are in the area and have a couple of hours to spare,esp if you have children with you.
This cute little nature centre is situated next to cannon hill park on the Pershore road. There is plenty of parking space and the car park is in close walking distance to the centre. Small children love the nature centre, However older children may not be so impressed. although the park is only small it still hosts an array of world wide animals including Red Pandas, Meerkats, Lemurs and Otters. There are plenty of places for a picnic in the centre so don't feel you have to buy food there. A cheap and enjoyable day out, (children go free and a small admission price for adults!) A good way to introduce children to wildlife. An educational and fun place to take children on a school trip, or even a birthday party. I recommend families with small children.
This place is great for a few hours walking around looking at the animals. Its really cheap to get in and there is parking. Indoor and outdoor play areas. Keeps kids entertained for little ££.
a wonderful place to visit whether the weather is cold or not. They now have a small charge for adults but it is well worth the money. They have a variety of animals there ranging from sheep to cranes to snakes to lemurs. The animal enclosures look spacious and clean and all the animals look happy. there are inside areas where you can see spiders and other small animals. there is a small play area with slides and climbing frame and there is also a soft play area inside the cafe which is reasonably priced and has lots of hot and cold snacks and ice cream for the little ones. the toilets do need major refurbishment. close by is cannon hill park which is worth a visit for the play area and duck pond. there is a large car park but it can get muddy!
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