King’s Heath is a suburb in the south of Birmingham centred around the High Street that is part of the Alcester road that runs all the way from southern Warwickshire, through the outer suburbs, and then through Moseley towards Birmingham city centre. King’s Heath is bounded to the north by Moseley and Edgbaston, to the west by Stirchley, to the south by King’s Norton, and to the west by Billesley and Hall Green. Much of the housing in the suburb leads off from the High Street and was built in the later 19th century and the years leading up to the First World War.
The area is particularly known for its verdant parkland – there are two magnificent parks in King’s Heath in close proximity to one another. Highbury Park was formerly the old grounds of Highbury Hall, the 19th century home of one of Birmingham’s most prominent figures, the Member of Parliament Joseph Chamberlain. The park is packed with exotic trees, and features an Italian and Dutch garden.
The nearby King’s Heath Park holds a prestigious Green Flag Award and is a centre for horticultural training and often plays host to Royal Horticultural Society events. King’s Heath High Street also holds a farmers’ market on the first Saturday of each month at the junction of Vicarage road and the High Street.
On the High Street you will find leading chain stores as well as more independent boutique shops. There are several gyms, restaurants and pubs, including the Hare and Hounds which has been a leading venue for music and comedy for several decades. The businesses and retailers located on the High Street take part in a Business Improvement District scheme that means certain percentage of their taxes are put back into the development and upkeep of the surrounding area.
There is no specific King’s Heath railway station, though there are nearby connections at Hall Green and Bournville that will take commuters or shoppers into the city centre in 15 minutes or so, making the area popular with professionals working in central Birmingham.
King’s Heath is also particularly well-stocked with schools. The area is home to both King Edward VI Camp Hill for Boys and Camp Hill for Girls, which are leading selective state grammar schools – the Girl’s School was ranked as the third best in the country of any type, both state and independent, for GCSE results in early 2014. There are several junior schools, a Technical College, and Bishop Challoner Catholic School nearby.