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by Tammy Facey (subscribe)
Read. Write. Run.
Published September 29th 2013
Peaceful place to ponder
Connecting the Jewellery Quarter and the city centre is the St Paul's square, running adjacent to Charlotte Street. The square is quite beautiful: large well-kept grass lines the wide path, which has a total of ten benches dotted across it.

St Paul's Church, St Paul's square
Main entrance

In the middle of the square is St Paul's church. It is a Grade I listed building, which is the last of the Georgian buildings in the city. Every hour, on the hour, the bells are rung by the bell ringers, which never fails to remind me of Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

St Paul's Church, St Paul's square
St Paul's Square

While the sound of midday resounds through the square I am transported to a more tranquil time like my childhood. If you're not taken back to a time of ease, I challenge you to sit in the square and not feel a sense of calm wash over you. It's impossible. The few trees provide a little shelter when it's warm, but the benches are strategically placed so you can bathe in the sunshine, if Birmingham is so lucky.

St Paul's Square isn't so much of a square, as it is a very nice place to lounge and eat lunch - especially when there are so many surrounding cafe's, around the four sides of the square. For example the lovely Saint's Caffe, and the jacket potato stand which is directly opposite the square.

St Paul's Church, St Paul's square
More seating

This area of green, and spiritualness is a bit of gem that serves the strollers passing between the JQ and the town centre. I consider the square a little slice of free beauty - your daily dose of nature, only 5 minutes walk from the middle of town. Handy if you need a bit of thinking time, or want to just relax for a little while as you take a breather out of your journey.
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Why? Daily dose of peace in the city
When: Open 24 hours
Phone: 0121 236 7858
Where: St Paul's Square
Cost: Free
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