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Things to do in Wolverhampton, West Midlands

There are plenty of things to do in Wolverhampton, including many sporting, historic and cultural attractions.

Wightwick Manor
Wightwick Manor © Tony Hisgett via Flickr

There are parks and historic houses to visit if you want a day out, and you can see concerts and football matches at the Molineux Stadium.

The city has an interesting history - particularly from the time of the Industrial Revolution. 

Wolverhampton Art Gallery
Wolverhampton Art Gallery © Elliott Brown via Flickr

Things to do in Wolverhampton

The Wolverhampton Art Gallery has an acclaimed collection of pop art, where you can see many works by Andy Warhol.

The West Park provides a quiet green area in this busy city, with a bandstand, lake and conservatory.

Bantock Park houses an interesting museum in the historic building of Bantock House.

Bantock House
Bantock House © Jonathan Stonehouse via Flickr

You can enjoy a day at Moseley Old Hall, a 17th century farmhouse which gave shelter to Charles II after his defeat at the Battle of Worcester in 1651. Boscobel House, a timber-framed house, was another refuge of the king, including the famous Royal Oak in which he famously hid.

Molineux Stadium
Molineux Stadium © Tony Evans via Flickr

You'll find the more modern National Trust owned property of Wightwick Manor and Gardens equally interesting with many designs by William Morris (who developed the Arts and Crafts Movement) on display.

If you want to learn about the history of Wolverhampton, you can visit the Black Country Museum.

There is no shortage of pubs and places to eat and you should definitely sample an authentic curry from one of the tandoori restaurants on Cheapside.

Molineux Stadium
Molineux Stadium © Adam Hinett via Flickr

The city has many visitors to its university, and to concerts and football matches at the Molineux Stadium. The Stadium is home to Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C., "The Wolves", who are one of the oldest English football clubs and one of the founder members of the Football League.

More About Woverhamption

The city of Wolverhampton is in the West Midlands, 18 miles northeast of Birmingham and close to the M6 and M54. It is on the main railway line to London with one of the largest national interchanges at Birmingham New Street Station.

Wolverhampton Art Gallery
Wolverhampton Art Gallery © Elliott Brown via Flickr

Its early history is sketchy but by 1179 there was a market at Wolverhampton, which was brought to the attention of King John as it did not have Royal Charter permitting it to do so. It eventually was granted a charter by Henry III in 1258.

Historically Wolverhampton had a thriving woollen trade, hence the woolpack on the city coat of arms, but the Industrial Revolution changed the city forever. Coal mining, iron ore, steel, locksmiths, jewellers and later thriving car and aerospace industries provided local employment.

At this time many of the fine mansions were built, showing the wealth and prosperity of many local families.

Present Day Wolverhampton

Wolverhampton is an ethnically diverse city of 236,000 mainly white and Asian residents. Although its shopping is overshadowed by the Bull Ring and the Merry Hill Centres nearby, you'll find the usual chain stores in central Wolverhampton along with a huge Beatties department store and some delightful independent boutiques.

Prince Albert Statue
Prince Albert Statue © Elliott Brown via Flickr

As well as several traditional churches and factory buildings, one of the main landmarks is the statue of Prince Albert in Queen Square. Known as the Man on the Horse it was unveiled by Queen Victoria in 1866.

The presence of a university ensures you will find a lively and affordable nightlife in Wolverhampton city centre, with plenty of live music and a number of real ale pubs.

Famous residents include singer Beverley Knight, Enoch Powell MP, Speaker of the House of Lords, Baroness Hayman; athlete Denise Lewis and a host of musicians and entertainers.

Saint Peters, Wolverhampton © Dale Miles
Saint Peters © Dale Miles

Central Library, Wolverhamton © Dale Miles
Central Library © Dale Miles

Prince Albert statue. © Dale Miles
Prince Albert Statue © Dale Miles

Shopping area. Wolverhampton © Dale Miles
Shopping Area © Dale Miles

Wolverhampton © Dale Miles
© Dale Miles

The Wheatsheaf, Wolverhampton © Dale Miles
The Wheatsheaf © Dale Miles



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