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.
Get in Edit
By train Edit
- 1 Wolverhampton railway station. Wolverhampton station is on the West Coast Mainline, so has frequent and regular services to London Euston, the North West and Scotland, as well as to the South West and Wales.
Services to Birmingham New Street Station, one of the UK's largest rail interchanges, operate approximately every ten minutes. A more direct interchange with connection to the Midland Metro light rail scheme is planned.
By bus and tram Edit
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[dead link] to help find the best value ticket.
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Get around Edit
The suburbs of Wolverhampton are easily accessible by an excellent network of buses and, south of the city centre, by 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), ☏ , 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. Managed by the National Trust.
- 4 Wightwick Manor and Gardens, Wightwick Bank, WV6 8EE (Off the A454 Bridgnorth Road), ☏ , email@example.com. The 19th-century home of the Mander family and full of the works of William Morris and Pre-Raphaelite associates.
- 5 St Peter's Collegiate Church, Lich Gates, WV1 1TY, ☏ . A 14th-century church and gardens in Cheapside - Green Heritage status.
- 6 Black Country Living Museum, Tipton Road, Dudley DY1 4SQ, ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org. Showing life in Industrial Revolution Britain. See entry under Dudley.
- 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. Managed by English Heritage. adults £6.20, children £3.70, concessions £5.60.
- Football: 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers, Molineux Stadium, Waterloo Rd, WV1 4QR. Wolves play soccer in the Premier League, England's top tier. The stadium, capacity 31,000, is half a mile north of town centre, just beyond the ring road.
- 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. The 3,000-seat Civic Hall and Wulfrun Hall are closed as of Nov 2020, but are expected to reopen in 2021. The Slade Rooms is a 550-seat venue. The Civic and Slade host emerging and big names in pop, rock and comedy. Regular events include World Championship Darts, Boxing, world-renowned circuses and psychic mediums.
- 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.
- Hike: a trail follows a former railway trackbed southwest to Wombourne (where it crosses the Staffs & Worcs Canal) then southeast to Pensnett on the edge of Dudley, 16 miles.
- Speedway: Wolverhampton Wolves[dead link] race in the SGB Premiership, the top tier of motorcycle speedway in Britain. The racing season is March-Oct. Their home track is Monmore Green, which is also the greyhound racetrack, a mile southeast of town centre.
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 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).
In addition to a wide choice of bars and clubs, centred 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 Hall, Wulfrun Hall and Slade Rooms [dead link] on North Street in the city centre, 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 Wolverhampton.
- Best Western Connaught Hotel, 40-50 Tettenhall Road (20 minutes walk from the city centre, near Molineux Stadium and West Park), ☏ .
- Britannia Hotel, Lichfield Street (close to the railway station), ☏ . A 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 (5 minutes walk from the city centre), ☏ .
- The Mount Hotel, Mount Road, ☏ . Luxury hotel in a leafy suburb approx 4 km from the city centre.
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|Routes through Wolverhampton|
|Manchester ← Cannock ←||N SE||→ Birmingham|
|Shrewsbury ← Shifnal ←||W E||→ merges with|
|Chester ← Newport (Shropshire) ←||NW SE||→ West Bromwich → Birmingham|
|Stafford ← Gailey ←||N S||→ Kidderminster → Worcester|