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A hidden gem in the city.

Posted on: 25 May 2010

It's such a beautiful day and one of the things that I have been wanting to do for a while is visit my favourite spot on campus but first, an outfit post!
Pink and purple outfit
Cardi (Miss Selfridge) Dress (Island Beverly centre, HK) Necklace (Vintage) Shoes (Topshop)
It's featured before on this blog but my favourite spot on campus is the idyllic, Winterbourne House which is an Edwardian villa and garden, set on seven acres that was bequeathed to the University of Birmingham after it's last owner, John MacDonald Nicolson died in 1944. The Botanic Gardens are beautiful and are now primarily used by Botany students and more recently, the house was restored to it's Edwardian state and open to the public. It's a stunning, stunning place where I've spent a lot of time during my undergraduate degree with my housemates and today, it was the perfect place to kill some time before meeting friends.
Winterbourne: English Gardens
Winterbourne: Alpine house
Winterbourne: Alpine house2
Winterbourne: Alpine house1
Winterbourne: Pretty and peaceful
In the summer months, a gate is unlocked which reveals beautiful bluebell woods and a lake beyond. Unfortunately, the bluebells were wilting but it was still a gorgeous place to wander around.
Winterbourne: Bluebell woods
There was so much vivid pink in bloom in the gardens that my dress fitted in perfectly. This rather blurry photo was taken when I seized the opportunity to balance my camera on an old tree stump!
pink and purple
shoes1
Winterbourne: Treetops
I adore sitting by the lake and next time, I need to bring a book and just listen to the soft splashing of the water's edge.
Winterbourne: The lake
Winterbourne: Shades
Sunnies (UO)
Winterbourne: Round the corner
Winterbourne: The view
Every corner you turn is picture perfect.
Winterbourne: Japanese bridge
Winterbourne: Pink FlowersWinterbourne: Memory
Winterbourne: covered passage
It's a hidden gem for sure and many students have no idea that such a place exists on campus, which is such a shame! I'm really very lucky that I have a place like this and be able to get in free (it's £3 for non university students/staff). My university is essentially classed as a city uni, as it's a short bus ride from the city centre but you would never have guessed it from these photographs. I love this place and I wish I had the money to attend a candle lit jazz picnic that is coming up soon!

61 comments:

  1. this place is so so so pretty
    makes me wish my uni had pretty locations like this.. but i doubt it! ive been to b'ham once and never though such a busy industrial gardens would have pretty gardens

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  2. It looks amazing! What a great place to hang out! Love your purple cardi!:D

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  3. Thanks for the campus tour... you really have a beautiful campus.

    I love your dress too... so pretty! xoxo

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  4. wow. these photos are beautiful!

    http://squishingmushrooms.blogspot.com/

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  5. England: where gardens matter. Man, I want to visit some Capability Brown lawns!

    Make waves,
    A from A + B in the Sea

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  6. Bluebell Woods! So pretty and you can enter it for free?

    Sounds like an idyllic place to hangout for some peace and quiet :)
    I guess it's sort of a good thing not everyone knows about it then.

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  7. This is all like a secret garden. Amazing! & your dress..tell me about the bottom of it. I might have a brown jumper similar to it.

    oh..and for Olivia's project..this was what she was going to make from the boxers.

    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_iDg4IvUi4K4/S9ieRm_u6gI/AAAAAAAAA8E/Qks1yhZVFyo/s1600/haneskirt.jpg

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  8. wow your so lucky... such an amazing scenery.. I am not so close to a pretty garden or hidden place like this

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  9. Oh those super gorgeous fushcia flowers match your skirt!

    Lovely post hon

    xxx

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  10. this is so gorgeous! i would never have guessed this was in the middle of birmingham!

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  11. Beautiful flowers! They match your skirt!


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  12. that's such a beautiful place to just relax and enjoy the day.

    You look so cute! I like your cardigan!

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  13. Oh wow I had no idea about this place, and I know Birmingham pretty well! I'll have to have a meander down there next time :)

    Claire @ Jazzpad

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  14. Beautiful flowers!


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    Good luck!

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  15. That place looks great! Love the color of your skirt. Matches the flowers:)

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  16. love your outfit! and this post is gorgeous! (:

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  17. wow beautiful pictures llooks amazing this is a great place , i like your outfit its cool

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  18. oh wow that place looks beautiful! on my old campus we had a place called abercromby square that i loved, but it was never as tranquil as this looks.

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  19. it looks like an absolutely gorgeous place! i'd love to go there one day! and with your outfit you fit in perfectly :)

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  20. The dress is wow! It's so unique: I love it. And the gardens look so beautiful!

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  21. i absolutely adore places like this. theres nowhere like this in leeds but when i go to kent they are everywhere...you make me miss home!
    love the bright pink dress:)
    margief
    x
    www.margieheartsclothes.blogspot.com

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  22. gorgeous place!! i heart it and the flowers and trees are wonderful :)
    and heart heart your shoes :)

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  23. What a beautiful area to take pictures in :D and thanks for your comment :3 You should go to Hawaii some day.

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  24. You look GORGEOUS! And this location is amazine :)

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  25. Jealous! That's beautiful... This weather is distracting..I need to do work :p
    xx

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  26. Lovely look and pics, darling!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  27. Everything is so pretty! I love the idea of wandering through bluebells!

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  28. I like your white shoes. They're very summery. Also lovely flower pictures

    Christy from Dress Rehearsal

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  29. Looks lovely! I'm meant to be starting to look round universities now, its really stressing me out though; I wish I was already at one and settled in!
    xx

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  30. This is Birmingham! I am from Walsall! Lol Its around 20 minutes from Birmingham but I have never seen this side of Birmingham before. I think I might take my boyfriend next time he comes to visit!
    - Adele
    MOLTOCURIOSA.COM ♥

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  31. that's so gorgeous! There is nothing like that near my Uni =( No fair.
    So pretty.
    xx

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  32. Your campus is so pretty.

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  33. this is very pretty !
    i love how your pink skirt matches the color of the flower..hahah

    thanks for your entry in my We Love Colors tights giveaway

    xx GLISTERS & BLISTERS

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  34. wow it looks gorgeous. Not at all like my campus :D

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  35. You look so cute with your outfit!

    The location is gorgeous.. BTW are you from Birmingham/studying there??! I am a native brummie (minus the accent i guess) lol.

    Are those ray-bans?! I want a pair XD haha

    Btw, I`d like to invite you to my giveaway.. please do check it out :)

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  36. wow!! lovely placee!!
    i lovee ur shoess!! wanna steal it from u :p

    xoxo
    secret of life

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  37. hey i really love the shape of your pink skirt. i rarely come across the shape like that. i got one pink a-shape but it's way too much a blah.

    ANDWHATELSEISTHERE

    SHOP

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  38. Aww, what an absolutely lovely little environment. Wouldn't want it to be too crowded so maybe it's best kept a hidden gem hehe.
    Oooh good luck on your essays and dissertations! :D
    Romany
    xx

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  39. Such beautiful flowers & photos!

    And very cute pink skirt :)

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  40. WOWEEE that is absolutely stunning. I wanna do a shoot there. I wish there was some hidden gem like that in London that wasn't overcrowded. Unlikely!

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  41. This is so pretty! I wish I could slip into one of these photos. I'd love to visit someday.
    & your skirt looks gorgeous against the greenery :)

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  42. So beautiful!! I love all the flowers, lake, and trees!!! So awesome. The alpine is so cute and the tunnel is awesome. Like your sunglasses and cute outfit! Jazz picnics sound like so much fun! :)

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  43. Such pretty flowers! I don't think I've ever mentioned this, but I really like your bangs. I'm considering getting a haircut with bangs like yours

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  44. beautiful photos! i love your dress, i got excited when i saw you got it at island beverly, it's one of my favorite places to shop at when i'm in hk.

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  45. wow what an amazing place to have on campus. We had a botanic garden across the road from our campus too...but noone ever went to that either. Great place of uni girls to host fairy picnics, eat food and put glitter on willing male guests lol...ended up going to a lecture wearing fairy wings and covered in glitter

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  46. Gorg flowers and love your sunnies!

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  47. Amazing place!
    The flowers looks so fresh.

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  48. gosh! That place is picture perfect!!! love all the vivid colors of the flowers in your photos. I wish there was a place like that I know of in Melbourne!!

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  49. Hey there. Great post here. I enjoy checking out your blog. Hope you've had a wonderful week. Enjoy the upcoming weekend.

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  50. so pretty! you could shoot the next burberry campaign there! :P

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  51. What a beautiful place! Isn't bluebell time just the prettiest of all?

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  52. hope you are well.
    big kiss
    marian.

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  53. i ADORE your dress!

    xo Alison

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  54. stunning! i would love to visit here. i'm sure durham university has a similar botanical garden that i have yet to visit.... this gives me the incentive!

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  55. These photos are stunning! I would love to go there. And your dress is so adorable!

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  56. It's a secret garden! beautiful indeed!

    I often go to Trent Park (north london's national park) which is not that a far from where I live (2 miles), it is also part of Middlesex University's campus. The Park is massive with lakes and woodlands, sadly no bluebells yet.

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  57. Love your outfit dear! Love the pink skirt. And you look so pretty on the first photo :D That's just too beautiful! Love the scenery, gorgeous!

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  58. gorgeous gorgeous! i l in love with edwardian gardens!

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  59. I totally want to visit this place! I didn't know birmingham could be tat beautiful :P

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  60. Wow that place looks beautiful! <3

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  61. wow i've never heard of these before! i just showed my mom and she knows them and is really keen to go an a food event, right up her street! thanks for sharing, it's gorgeous. makes me even prouder to be a brummie!

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