Wolverhampton is in the West Midlands (county) in the West Midlands (region), England.
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.
Wolverhampton railway stationWolverhampton station is on the West Coast Mainline, so has 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.
Renovation works on the station are scheduled to be completed by mid 2020.
By bus and tramBus 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.
Wolverhampton St George's tram stopin 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.
By planeWolverhampton Airport is small. Most scheduled flights arrive at (BHX), which can be reached in 30 minutes by direct train.
The suburbs of Wolverhampton are easily accessible by an excellent network of buses and, south of the city centre, by Midland Metro trams.
address: Lichfield StreetHome to one of the best collections of Pop Art in the UK, including works by Andy Warhol.
West ParkA fine example of a Victorian park close to the city centre, with a refurbished bandstand, conservatory and lake. Green Flag/Green Heritage Status.
phone: +44 1902 782808address: Moseley Old Hall Lane, Fordhouses, WV10 7HYAn 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.
phone: +44 1902 761400address: Wightwick Bank, WV6 8EEThe 19th-century home of the Mander family and full of the works of William Morris and Pre-Raphaelite associates.
phone: +44 1902 422642address: Lich Gates, WV1 1TYA 14th-century church and gardens in Cheapside - Green Heritage status.
phone: +44 121 557-9643address: Tipton Road, Dudley DY1 4SQShowing life in Industrial Revolution Britain. See entry under Dudley.
Boscobel House and The Royal Oakphone: +44 1902 850244address: Brewood, Bishop's Wood, ST19 9ARA 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.
Watch football (ie socccer) at address: Molineux Stadium, Waterloo Rd, WV1 4QRWolves 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 phone: +44 1902 390000address: Dunstall Park WV6 0PEThis 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.
address: Lichfield St, WV1 1DE
address: North St, WV1 1RDSee a concert at Civic Hall. Recent bands over the past few years have included Radiohead, The Killers, Blur and Travis
The South Staffordshire Golf Clubphone: +44 1902 751065address: Danescourt Rd, Tettenhall, WV6 9BQPlay 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.
phone: +44 1902 424536address: Cleveland St, WV1 3HH
phone: +44 1902 711084address: Woolpack Alley, WV1 3NH
phone: +44 1902 422311address: 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!
phone: +44 1902 427762address: 2 Cheapside, WV1 1TU
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 Civic Hall, Wulfrun Hall and Little Civic 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 Hotelphone: +44 1902 424433address: 40-50 Tettenhall Road
Britannia Hotelphone: +44 871 222 0091address: Lichfield Streetreasonably priced hotel
Holiday Innaddress: Gorsebrook Rd, Dunstall Park CentrePart of the leisure complex at Wolverhampton's racecourse.
Mercure Wolverhampton Goldthorn Hotelphone: +44 1902 429216address: Penn Road3-star hotel with free wi-fi, parking and Health Club with pool.
Novotel City Centrephone: +44 1902 871100address: Union Street
phone: +44 1902 752055address: Mount RoadLuxury hotel in a leafy suburb approx 4 km from the city center