Incredible pictures showing beautiful Birmingham will take your breath away

Beauty isn’t a word most people associate with Birmingham – but these stunning snaps might change your mind.

Birmingham at sunrise

Birmingham at sunrise

The city had earned itself a bad reputation over the years, but these incredible pictures of Birmingham’s hidden beauty will take your breath away.

From night-time cityscapes to pretty bluebell woods, the impressive architecture contrasted with rural landscapes will give you a different perspective on Birmingham.

The incredible pictures were taken by photographer Verity Milligan, in an attempt to show the city’s hidden beauty.

Verity, 33, said: “Birmingham is a city previously much maligned, but steeped in history and full of contrasting architecture that is a delight for a photographer’s eye.

New Street

New Street

“I started taking photos of Birmingham to make friends with the city, but soon that evolved into something beyond mere friendship.

“I wanted to highlight the beauty hidden in plain sight that others might miss.

“Birmingham is full of diversity – from grand architecture to quiet canals, there is much more to discover than just the obvious.

“Some of the most beautiful parts of the city can be found on the outskirts, in places like the Lickey Hills and Sutton Park.

Bluebells in the Lickey Hills

Bluebells in the Lickey Hills

“The people of Birmingham have responded so brilliantly to my work – Brummies are proud folk, so when they see someone working to improve the image of the city they will do everything to support them.

“I feel completely at home in Birmingham, and really love interacting withal the people who enjoy my images.

“One of my favourite photos is of the Ikon Gallery, surrounded by cherry blossom – it’s such a brief display of colour which makes it all the more spectacular.

Cherry Blossoms in Birmingham

Cherry Blossoms in Birmingham

“I remember stumbling across the scene and thinking how glorious it was, and how it framed the neo-gothic architecture of the Ikon Gallery perfectly.

“This is closely followed by Gas Street Basin, which is an oasis in the middle of a busy city, and home to many a canal boat.

“You get a real juxtaposition between the city architecture of the Cube and the rural trimmings of the canal.

“It’s the kind of place where you can watch the world go by on a summer day.”

Victoria Square

Victoria Square