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The wonderful West Midlands city of Wolverhampton is located 22 miles from Birmingham and is also in striking distance of Coventry, Derby, Leicester and Stoke-on-Trent. Part of the Birmingham and Black Country conurbation, it’s a dynamic portal between this historic area and the stunning natural scenery of Staffordshire and Shropshire. Originally a bustling market town which was heavily reliant on the wool trade, its fortunes were boosted during the Industrial Revolution when it became a centre for coal, steel and car and motorcycle manufacture. Today its economy is supported by the aerospace and engineering industries and it’s a young, vibrant city with one of the top 10 expanding UK economies and record levels of inward investment. Wolverhampton has a robust sport, leisure, cultural and entertainment scene and a highly-skilled labour pool enhanced by the University of Wolverhampton, which is one of Britain’s most entrepreneurial and business-focused institutions. As you can see, this is an up and coming place to visit and some great car hire deals are available from Enjoy Travel. Prices for hiring a mini-sized car like a Fiat 500 start at just £23.71 (€26.11) a day if you book off-season and an economy car like a Vauxhall Corsa costs £24.64 (€27.14) a day. Meanwhile, a spacious saloon like a Skoda Octavia costs £32.42 (€35.58) per day and a sporty Nissan Qashqai ̶ with a commanding, elevated driving position ̶ is £35.32 (€38.90) a day. With easy car hire from enjoytravel.com, open road adventures around Wolverhampton await!
Guide to Wolverhampton
A buzzing university city with over 600 restaurants, bars and shops, two expansive malls, a fascinating history and rich cultural scene supported by independent cinemas, art galleries and theatres, Wolverhampton has much to recommend it. Add a famous football team and a host of leisure activities and you’ve got a city with much more to offer than initially meets the eye.
Arts & culture
In the 19th Century, renowned Wolverhampton artists like George Wallis, Edward Bird and Joseph Barney earned their stripes as commercial painters in the city’s burgeoning Japanned ware industry and a School of Practical Art was opened here in the 1850s, with stellar staff and alumni including Sir Charles Wheeler and Sara Page. The school became closely aligned with Wolverhampton Art Gallery, which opened in 1884, while the city’s Grand Theatre opened a decade later. Today, the Wolverhampton Creative Industries Quarter is situated around Broad Street and this is where you’ll find hotspots like the Slade Rooms, Light House Media Centre (which houses an excellent art house cinema), the University of Wolverhampton and the Arena Theatre. Meanwhile, visit Wolverhampton Art Gallery these days and you’ll see over 300 years of art comprising over 18,000 items and artefacts, with permanent exhibitions including the Georgian Room, Victorian Gallery and more, with a range of outstanding masterpieces in various styles including Pop Art. In terms of contemporary culture, the Newhampton Arts Centre (NAC) is a lively creative hub bang in the middle of the city centre where you can see the work of more than 30 creatives in genres including music, visual arts, comedy and drama.
Apart from the iconic art gallery, there are several attractive historical buildings in Wolverhampton including the stunning St Peter’s Collegiate Church, which is a 15th Century architectural tour de force what hosts the city’s bishop to this day. Meanwhile, if you’re interested in Wolverhampton’s industrial heritage, head to the brilliant Black Country Living Museum, which showcases everything from the inventions and innovations which catalysed the Industrial Revolution to exhibits which explain the way it transformed ordinary people’s everyday lives. You’ll see a huge collection of original photographs here and a plethora of industrial devices and accessories. Alternatively, another popular historical attraction is Wightwick Manor, a salubrious Victorian-era style pile which was built by wealthy industrialist Theodore Mander and, according to local legend, is haunted by his ghost. If you’re not easily spooked, you’ll enjoy strolling through the immaculate rooms here and taking in the collections of original furniture and artworks or strolling through the gardens enjoying some cathartic tree bathing.
Sports & leisure
Spectator sport here is dominated by the famous Wolverhampton Wanderers FC professional football club, which is currently enjoying a spell in the Premiership. Formed in 1877 as St Luke’s FC, the club has played its home matches at the renowned Molineux Stadium since 1889, enjoyed 66 seasons in the top tier since it was founded and won the English League championship three times in the 1950s and the FA Cup four times, the most recent of which was in 1960. ‘Wolves’ traditionally play in burnished gold strips with black detailing and their fiercest rivalry is probably with fellow Black Country rivals West Bromwich Albion. Meanwhile, the University of Wolverhampton runs a high-performance sports programme with specialist disciplines including judo, netball, basketball and football.
What to do in Wolverhampton?
From picturesque parks and blockbuster breweries to unusual collections bursting at the seams with superb exhibits, there’s plenty in Wolverhampton to amuse, entertain and educate visitors of every age, stage and taste.
Do you love nothing better than a refreshing stroll in verdant surroundings? Then make a bee line for Baggeridge Country Park, where there are 150 acres of stunning grounds on the site of a former colliery, just 20 minutes from the centre of Wolverhampton. Part of the park around Himley Hall was landscaped by the legendary Capability Brown and there’s so much to do here that you could easily entertain yourself for a full day. For starters, there’s fab fishing for a fee available around the Island and Spring Pools, a well-appointed children’s play area with a range of exciting obstacles, a miniature railway manned by volunteers from the Wolverhampton and district Model Engineering Society and a high ropes adventure which comprises a unique network of obstacles suspended 12ft in the air, with nets, platforms, zip lines and more. If you’ve built up a thirst with all these activities, pop into the onsite tea shop for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and tasty treats like cakes and ice cream!
If you would happily drink beer until the cow’s come home (and perhaps even share a few pints with the cows themselves!) then you don’t want to miss a Banks’s Brewery Tour. During this fascinating visit you’ll discover the pure and natural ingredients that have been used to brew the brand’s cask ales for centuries and learn about every single stage of the brewing process, from mashing through to fermentation and beyond. This trip through brewing history will also reveal how brewing techniques have become more sophisticated down the generations and you’ll learn how to discern what’s different about keg and cask ales. Finally, don’t partake unless you have a designated driver, but since this scintillating tour is thirsty work, it always ends with three free halves of awesome cask ale for every visitor. For anyone interested in how beer is made as well as its taste and refreshing qualities, this artisan tour is a must!
Anyone interested in military and civilian aviation history will absolutely adore a trip to the RAF Museum Cosford, where some of the world’s most iconic flying machines are on display in all their gorgeous glory. The eclectic exhibits are spread across four expansive hangars which span the whole history of aviation and there are galleries covering test flights, airborne combat and more. Unusual items here include the Hawker Siddeley P.1127 which was a kind of prototype for the famous VTOL Harrier, WWII planes like the German Messerschmitt Me 410, several engines which showcase the evolution of aircraft propulsion systems and even a few (deactivated!) missiles such as the famous surface-to-air Henschels. Wolverhampton and the West Midlands have a proud association with the RAF since many of its citizens served in this arm of the UK forces during WWII and many of the exhibits were purchased by members of the public as a tribute to the service of family and community members.
Eating out in Wolverhampton
From British fare that fuses local ingredients with an international twist to tapas to die for and sumptuous dishes from the Indian subcontinent, a culinary tour of Wolverhampton takes in exquisite edibles from every corner of the earth. Loosen your belt a couple of notches and experience delightful dining in the West Midlands ̶ delaying that diet for a few days won’t do any harm!
For something a little special, try the British classics with a contemporary flourish available at the immaculate Hamilton’s Restaurant at A Park View Hotel. There’s something here for everyone but highlights from the A La Carte menu include roasted pork tenderloin with ginger and apple puree, dauphinoise potatoes, roasted carrots and a honey and mustard glaze, or the tender 10oz ribeye steak with chunky chips and green peppercorn sauce. For an alternative treat, you can also sample the signature ‘pretty posh afternoon tea’ which includes savoury treats like Cajun chicken wraps and spicy paneer rolls, perfectly baked fruit scones, mini macaroons and lemon bar cakes and naturally, as much tea as you can drink! Main courses here range from £14 to £24 and afternoon tea for two is £30.
If tapas floats your boat, you’ll be in seventh heaven at Café Maxsim, where you can feast your eyes (and your belly) on over 60 dishes from eight different nations. Vegan favourite tasters here include chimichanga hongos burritos stuffed full of delicious mushrooms, chillies, onions and jalapenos, while seafood fans are satisfied with homemade crab fishcakes served with king prawns, mozzarella and garlic. If you’re a meat lover meanwhile, try mouth-watering morsels like the quesadilla wedges or piri piri chicken. Mains are magnificent too and the standout dish might be the pollo maxsim chicken breast stuffed with chorizo, peppers, cheese and mozzarella and served in a hearty tomato sauce. Starters here are £6-£8 and mains are around £12-£17.
Mentioned in glowing terms in the Michelin Plate Guide, Bilash is simply the best place to dine in Wolverhampton when you want to sample authentic, lip-smacking Bangladeshi and Indian cuisine. There’s so much to choose from in this deep and diverse menu that it’s tough to select favourites, but the tandoori salmon is a terrific starter and the North Indian style Bilash tandoori style special chicken curry is a classic comprising pulled tandoori chicken cooked in a thick, spicy tomato-based sauce and seasoned to perfection. Starters at Bilash range from £6-£9 and mains are £16-£24.
Transport in Wolverhampton
The nearest airports to Wolverhampton are Birmingham (BHX), East Midlands (EMA), and Manchester (MAN), which are 19 miles, 37 miles and 55 miles away respectively. Enjoy Travel works with trusted car hire partners at these airports like Green Motion, Easirent, Keddy and Alamo, so the collective fleet you have to choose from is huge.
Buses, trains and trams
Public transport in Wolverhampton is organised by West Midlands Network. There’s a decent, environmentally-focused bus network supported by companies like Stagecoach, National Express, and Arriva, and many buses across the city and beyond conveniently accept contactless card payments.
The local rail network here offers trains every ten minutes, so you’ll never be waiting long on any platform, and Wolverhampton railway station is on the Birmingham loop of the West Coast Main Line, meaning you can catch a connecting train to practically anywhere in the UK.
West Midlands Metro trams run every 6-8 minutes during daylight hours and every 15 minutes in the evenings and weekends between Wolverhampton and Birmingham and there are many stops close to tourist attractions along the way around Wolverhampton, West Bromwich and Birmingham.
You should drive on the left-hand side of the road in Wolverhampton. Speed limits are: 70 mph (120 km/h) for motorways, 60 mph (100 km/h) for non-motorway main roads and 30 mph (50 km/h) or 20 mph (40 km/h) if you’re in city centre or built-up areas.
Drink driving is strictly illegal here, seatbelts must be worn at all times and mobile phone use isn’t permitted unless the system is hands-free and doesn’t cause a distraction for the driver.
There’s lots to see in striking distance of Wolverhampton ̶ here are a couple of recommended road trips:
You can drive from Wolverhampton to Birmingham in under 20 minutes along the M6 and since you’re so close, it would be a sin not to visit England’s ‘second city’. There are ample attractions in Brum, including the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, the National Motorcycle Museum, shopping at the massive Bullring and chocolate galore at Cadbury World.
Fancy spending the night in a sublime stately home? Weston Park is under 30 minutes north of Wolverhampton via Stafford Road/A449 and the A5. Various lovely holiday cottages are dotted around the main mansion and there’s a vast park, gardens and woodland adventure playground for kids to explore. This is a favourite location for wellness weekends and as well as delicious food, you can recharge your batteries with the Japanese art of forest bathing. A weekend at Weston Park will transport you back to a more genteel era and you’ll experience the pampering you deserve in this stunning sanctuary.
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