Vulcan Park


Imagine Christ the Redeemer in Rio, but made of iron and depicting a beefcake Roman god of metalworking. Vulcan is visible from all over the city – this is the world's largest cast-iron statue – and the park he resides in offers fantastic views, along with an observation tower. A small on-site museum explores Birmingham history.

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