Whilst Wolverhampton isn't well known as a tourist attraction, those visiting friends at the University, enjoying a football match at the famous Molineux Stadium or attending a concert at one of the fine local music venues will probably be pleasantly surprised by what this city has to offer.
Mass acclaimed singer Beverley Knight was born in the Pendeford area of the city. The soul diva is a regular attendee of the Molineux Stadium where her beloved Wolves play.
1 Wolverhampton railway station, which is due for an extensive renovation, is positioned on the West Coast Mainline, and so operates frequent and regular services to London Euston, the North West, Scotland, the South West and Wales.
Services to Birmingham New Street Station, one of the UK's largest rail interchanges, operate approximately every ten minutes.
The station is just a few minutes' walk from the city centre and a matter of metres from the city's bus station.
By bus and tram
Bus services originate from the city's bus station, near the railway station. There are regular and frequent services to all parts of the city, although many services stop at around 11PM. Buses from Wolverhampton also travel to the towns of the Black Country (including Dudley, Sandwell, West Bromwich and Walsall) and to Birmingham, although the journey by road can be quite long.
GorillaBus operate low cost intercity services to Liverpool, Stoke, East Midlands Airport, Nottingham and Yorkshire from Faulkland Crescent Coach Station.
The West Midlands Metro. provides very regular and frequent trams that start at 2 Wolverhampton St George's tram stop. in Bilston Street (very close to the city's main shopping area on Dudley Street) and pass via Bilston, Wednesbury, West Bromwich and Sandwell. They terminate new Stret Birmingham's New Street Station. There are plans to extend the Midland Metro network to Edgbaston and throughout the Black Country.
You can save a lot of money by buying day tickets, if you intend to do a lot of travelling in one day. Network West Midlands provides a guide to help find the best value ticket.
The suburbs of Wolverhampton are easily accessible by an excellent network of buses and Midland Metro trams.
- 1 Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Lichfield Street. M-Sa 10AM-5PM, closed Bank Holidays. Home to one of the best collections of Pop Art in the UK, including works by Andy Warhol. Free entry.
- 2 West Park. A fine example of a Victorian park close to the city centre, with a refurbished bandstand, conservatory and lake. Green Flag/Green Heritage Status.
- 3 Moseley Old Hall, Moseley Old Hall Lane, Fordhouses, WV10 7HY (between the A449 Stafford Road (junc 2, M54) and A460 Cannock Road (junc 1, M54) south of the M54), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. An atmospheric 17th-century farmhouse that is most famous for its association with King Charles II, who sought refuge there from Cromwell's troops after he fled the Battle of Worcester in 1651.
- 4 Wightwick Manor and Gardens, Wightwick Bank, WV6 8EE (Off the A454 Bridgnorth Road), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. The 19th-century home of the Mander family and full of the works of William Morris.
- 5 St Peter's Collegiate Church, Lich Gates, WV1 1TY, ☎ . A 14th-century church and gardens in Cheapside - Green Heritage status.
- 6 Black Country Museum, Tipton Road, Dudley, DY1 4SQ, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Showing life in Industrial Revolution Britain.
- 7 Boscobel House and The Royal Oak, Brewood, Bishop's Wood, ST19 9AR (10 miles north-west of Wolverhampton), ☎ . A timber-framed house, most famous for the 'Royal Oak' where King Charles II hid to evade capture after his defeat at the Battle of Worcester in 1651. adults £6.20, children £3.70, concessions £5.60.
- Watch football (ie socccer) at 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers, Molineux Stadium, Waterloo Rd, WV1 4QR. Wolves play in the Premier League, the top tier of English football. The stadium, capacity 31,000, is half a mile north of town centre, just beyond the ring road.
- Go to the races at 2 Wolverhampton Racecourse, Dunstall Park WV6 0PE (Two miles north of town off Gorsebrook Rd), ☎ . This is the UK's first all-weather floodlit horse racetrack, so it has flat-racing year round, mostly in the evening, often mid-week. It's an artificial "Tapeta" surface; they don't have jumps races here. The course is in the throes of expanding its hotel, creating a casino, and tarmacking the overspill car park, so it'll be a tad messy while all this construction is under way.
- 3 Grand Theatre, Lichfield St, WV1 1DE.
- 4 Civic Hall, North St, WV1 1RD. See a concert at Civic Hall. Recent bands over the past few years have included Radiohead, The Killers, Blur and Travis
- 5 The South Staffordshire Golf Club (South Staffs), Danescourt Rd, Tettenhall, WV6 9BQ, ☎ . Play golf at one of Wolverhampton's various courses, including the South Staffs course where former Ryder Cup winner Peter Baker is one of the course pros.
While Wolverhampton's shopping facilities are more limited than the Bull Ring in nearby Birmingham and the enormous Merry Hill Centre, the newly refurbished Wulfrun and Mander shopping centers are home to all of the usual high street chains and the enormous Beatties department store is unrivalled in the region.
- 1 Wulfrun Shopping Centre, Cleveland St, WV1 3HH, ☎ .
- 2 Mander Shopping Centre, Woolpack Alley, WV1 3NH, ☎ .
- 3 House of Fraser (Beatties), 71–78 Victoria St, WV1 3PQ, ☎ .
There is also delightful independent boutique The Sheila Cooke Foundation, where all the stock is made on the premises, or by equally lovely UK based companies. A must for anyone with an eye for detail and the unusual!
A listed early 17th-century timber-framed premises on Victoria Street houses an eclectic second-hand bookshop, also selling a wide variety of collectables, including vintage toys, militaria, local history, and a whole host of memorabilia from bygone days. The building is worth a visit for its attractive Tudor architecture alone.
A visit to Wolverhampton wouldn't be complete without trying a curry from one of the many Indian restaurants located in and around the city center. Of particular note is the award-winning Bilash Tandoori on Cheapside.
Other well-known restaurants include Bella in Chapel Ash (Upmarket Italian cuisine) Memsahib in Compton (Indian cuisine) and The Ship in the town center (its the only place in West Midlands that does a beef chilly fry!) Other popular eateries just outside Wolverhampton include: The Red Cow at Ackleton (on the way to Bridgnorth), The Cowshed in Pattingham and the Thornescroft Restaurant (once again on the way to Bridgnorth).
Wolverhampton's nightlife has improved considerably since the city's polytechnic became a university in the early 1990s. In addition to a wide choice of bars and clubs, centered around Lichfield Street and Queen Street, its live music scene is unrivalled by many larger cities in the UK. The main music venues include the Civic Hall, Wulfrun Hall and Little Civic  on North Street in the city center, and the Robin 2  (near Bilston Central metro station)
For Real Ale, one might consider visiting one of Wolverhampton's CAMRA pubs such as the "Combermere Arms" on the Tettenhall Road in Chapel Ash, "The Newhampton" on Riches St off Newhampton Road in Whitmore Reans or "The Great Western" in Sun Street at the back of the railway station. "The Station" in Codsall (also a CAMRA pub) is known for its real ale; it is outside of Wolverhampton.
- Best Western Connaught Hotel, 40-50 Tettenhall Road (20 minutes walk from the city centre, and conveniently located for Molineux Stadium and West Park), ☎ .
- Britannia Hotel, Lichfield Street (located close to the railway station), ☎ . reasonably priced hotel
- Holiday Inn, Gorsebrook Rd, Dunstall Park Centre. Part of the leisure complex at Wolverhampton's racecourse.
- Mercure Wolverhampton Goldthorn Hotel, Penn Road, ☎ . 3-star hotel with free wi-fi, parking and Health Club with pool.
- Novotel City Centre, Union Street (just 5 minutes walk from the city centre.), ☎ .
- The Mount Hotel, Mount Road, ☎ . Luxury hotel in a leafy suburb approx 4 km from the city center
|Routes through Wolverhampton|
|Manchester ← Cannock ←||N SE||→ Birmingham|
|Shrewsbury ← Shifnal ←||W E||→ merges with|
|Stafford ← Gailey ←||N S||→ Kidderminster → Worcester|