Wolverhampton- The historical city of West Midlands
Wolverhampton, a city and metropolitan borough, located in the West Midlands and West Midlands region in England, is not very known and not a very common travel destination for many people. Although it might not seem to have any tourist attractions to offer, people can still do a lot of things in Wolverhampton. Visiting the University, enjoying a football match at the famous Molineux Stadium or just attending a concert at one of the fine local music venues will be pleasantly surprising for tourists and shows that the city does have to offer something. Even though during World War II a lot buildings were being destroyed, Wolverhampton still is a historical city, because the few victorian buildings/monuments who haven't been destroyed are really old, which can make the tourists feel like they are in a different time.
The Wolves Museum is a fun-packed football experience for the whole family and any person from young to old. Even when you're not part of the Molineux faithful, you still can enjoy the only football museum in the Midlands of England. This unique tourist attraction is based on four specially designed zones: An interactive Games Zone, History Zone, Club Zone and the very special and interesting Hall of Fame. So, if you are interested in sports and you want to have the opportunity to see how Sports Science has impacted the whole of football, then the Wolverhampton Wolves Museum is the exact right place for you.
If one wants to see an example of a house built and furnished under the influence of the Arts and Crafts movement, then they definitely should go and see Wightwick Manor (pronounced Wittick). The victorian manor house, located on Wightwick Bank in Wolverhampton is a tourist sensation and every visitor of Wolverhampton has to see. Also, around the manor house you will find a lot of botanical gardens where you can relax, enjoy the sun or just walk and enjoy the nature.
After a long day, people often like to spend the evening a bit more relaxed and not stressful. For those people, the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, or commonly known as The Grand, would be the best opportunity. It is located in Lichfield Street and easy to reach by bus, train, taxi or on foot. After it was built in 1894 it still is one of the most important and exciting tourist attractions in Wolverhampton. With a seating capacity of 1.200 a lot of people can enjoy either a musical, a ballett, a phantomime, an opera or plays. Fun for everybody at every age is guaranteed.
Wolverhampton's Art Gallery
Also located on the Lichfield street is the Wolverhampton Art Gallery. The victorian building opened in May 1884, which makes it the oldest Gallery in the West Midlands of England.
With a collection size of over 20.000 objects and 158.650 visitors per year Wolverhampton's Art Gallery is one of the main tourist attractions in the city. It is very interesting and home to a lot of cultural art. Everybody will find something that they will be interested in, so buying a ticket it totally worth it!
Since the nightlife is pretty decent in Wolverhampton there aren't many recommended pubs or nightclubs. The pubs are decent too and not a lot of people go out a lot, but the locals, mainly the students, sometimes to go to the “Varsity” on the weekend. Also, a secret tip is the “Walkabout” - an Australian bar which offers a wide range of beers as well as cocktails.
Wolverhampton is home to more than 600 shops, bars, cafés and restaurants as well as two indoor shopping centres, indoor and outdoor markets, many theatres, cinemas, art galleries, concert venues, clubs and hotels. The two indoor shopping centres, The Mander Centre and the Wulfrun Centre, which are connected with each other, host a mix of national and well-known high street stores such as Primark, Poundland, Iceland and Peacocks.
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Wolverhampton's climate is oceanic and therefore quite temparate with average maximum temperatures in July being around 21 degrees and with the maximum daytime temperature in January being around 67 degrees.
On the West Coast Mainline you will find Wolverhampton's mail railway station, which also operates frequent and regular services to London, the North West, Scotland, the South West and Wales. Services to Birmingham new Street Station, which is one of UK's largest rail interchanges, operate approximately every ten minutes. The main station is just a few minutes' walk from the city centre and a matter of metres from the city's bus station.
Although Wolverhampton does have a small airport, most scheduled flights arrive at Birmingham Airport, which can be reached directly by train withing just 30 minutes.
Bus services start at the city's bus station, near the railway station. Regular and frequent services to all parts of the city are available, but people should be aware of the fact that most bus services stop at around 11pm.