Our guide to Wolverhampton

Whether it's culture you're after, or a good night out, there’s plenty to keep you entertained in Wolverhampton.

Our guide to Wolverhampton

Wolverhampton City Centre

From gigs, theatre and arts, there's plenty to choose from, while the city centre is just a stone's throw from some great country walks.

Read on and let us show you around the Millennium City.

At a loose end in the city centre? Head over to Wolverhampton Art Gallery and watch the time fly by.

No, really. The gallery has a collection that spans over 300 years of art, featuring permanent collections such as the Pop Art Gallery, Georgian Gallery, and Victorian Gallery. All are housed in this stunning Grade II Listed building, right next to St Peter’s Church in the centre of town.

Sniff, smell and keep an ear to the ground in the Sensing Sculpture exhibition, and if your tastebuds need a workout too, there’s a delicious menu at the gallery café.


Wolverhampton Art Gallery
Check out the collection at Wolverhampton Art Gallery

Looking for a bit of light entertainment? Head over to the Black Country's only indy cinema, the Light House.

Situated near the train and bus stations in the stunning old Chubb Lockworks building, the Light House has two cinema screens and shows only the best movies.

Between the two or three new films each week and the occasional 'back by popular demand' screenings, you'll have plenty to choose from. There are even live screenings from the National Theatre, RSC, and Royal Opera House.

It's not all popcorn and Oscars though - there are plenty of other events to keep you coming back. Practice your foreign tongues at a language cafe - French, German, Italian, Spanish or Japanese. Spin your own vinyl at a monthly 'All Hands on Decks' event, or take to the stage at a 'Live Lounge' open mic night. Or, if you just want to chill, then you can kick back with a drink in the licensed Lock Works cafe bar.

The 120-year-old Grand Theatre is a real jewel in Wolverhampton’s crown.

One of only two Midlands venues which receive touring shows from the West End and RSC, the Grand has played host to an impressive array of stars, including Charlie Chaplin, Sean Connery, and Michael Caine, to name but a few…

There are musicals, dramas, ballets, operas, concerts and family shows including one of the country's biggest annual pantomimes.


Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
Wolverhampton Grand Theatre is a jewel in the city's crown

Fancy the theatre, but want something cosier than the Grand?

University arts theatre The Arena is the place for you.

Showcasing professional and student productions alike, the Arena is a 150-seat venue and sees over 200 public performances a year. Pick up a programme and see what jumps out.

The Civic Hall, or the 'Home of Rock' as it's known around here, is where you'll catch some of the biggest names in music and comedy.

Grab yourself a Red Stripe and sing your heart out to your favourite band, or laugh yourself silly through a stand-up set by one of TVs favourite comedians.

If nothing takes your fancy at the Civic, check what's on at the Wulfrun Hall, the Civic's sister venue and situated right next-door.

Perhaps you want something more intimate than the 3,000 capacity Civic or 1,134 capacity Wulfrun?

Then check out the Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton’s busiest new music and stand-up comedy venue. You'll find it easily - just two minutes' walk from the train and bus stations. 


The Civic Hall is an iconic venue in the city
The Civic Hall is an iconic venue in the city centre

Ever wondered what life was like here 100 years ago? Come and find out at Bantock House Museum.

Bantock gives visitors the chance to find out about the people and the industries that shaped Wolverhampton.

The house is named after Baldwin and Kitty Bantock, who lived there 100 years ago. You can see how they lived, flip through their family albums, and find out how they decorated in the days before IKEA (gasp!)

Temporary exhibitions mean there is always something new to see, and make sure you don’t miss the delightful Dutch Garden. There’s pitch and putt in the surrounding 43 acres of parkland, and the courtyard café serves great homemade food and ice creams, to cool you down on those long sunny afternoons.


Bantock House Museum
Soak up some history with a visit to Bantock House Museum

We didn't think we were the competitive types... but then we found ourselves at Wolverhampton Racecourse screaming for horses we'd never even heard of!

Whether you're an expert or a novice - the atmosphere at Wolverhampton Racecourse won't fail to get your adrenaline pumping. 

You can watch all the action with your friends and family in the Grandstand, and on Saturday evenings there’s the option to stay on for live entertainment…

If elegance is more your thing, the Private Hospitality Suites are available… but we prefer the atmosphere outside, down in the crowds with a half pint and a cone of chips!

Seeing a bit of Victorian Britain here in Wolverhampton is a walk in the park - literally!

Just a 10 minute stroll from the city centre, West Park is one of the best Victorian parks in the country.

Originally created for leisure-makers to play at bowls, practice archery, and play cricket, the park has retained its original character, complete with a boating lake, chalet tearooms, and a picturesque Victorian bandstand.


West Park Wolverhampton
West Park is one of the best Victorian parks in the country

Think you're the next Bear Grylls? Reckon you could survive in the wild?

Get closer to Mother Nature at the Smestow Valley Nature Reserve. There are 120 acres of meadows, scrubland, and woodland, all of which are open 24-7 365.

The long-since removed railway track makes for a great cycle ride or walk, or you can head out into the 'bush' to find some of those grubs your inner Bear is craving.

If you get peckish but want something a bit less wriggly, then take yourself to Cupcake Lane, a boutique café in the old railway station building.

"Come on, babe, why don't we paint the town..."

Come and find out where 'all that jazz' has been hiding, at The Royal Exchange in Bilston (more commonly known as 'the Trumpet')

They've been hosting live jazz here since the 50s - it was even Slade's favourite haunt back in the day.

With live performances every night and on Sunday afternoons, there's plenty of opportunity to come and lose those blues.

Get behind our team with a visit to see Wolverhampton Wanderers in action.

Wander over to the Molineux Stadium on match day and you'll see just how proud we are of our football team here.

The stands are a real landmark in Wolverhampton. Why not see what's inside, by picking up a ticket to see the Wolves play?


molineux stadium
Catch the team in action at Molineux

Birmingham may have the largest public pre-Raphaelite collection in the world, but you can whet your appetite here in Wolverhampton too.

Wightwick Manor has a unique history. Geoffrey Mander MP managed to convince the National Trust to take on the house and gardens just 50 years after it was built.

The house interior is stunning: its owners took inspiration from Oscar Wilde's lecture on 'the House Beautiful' and created a series of rooms which are perfect examples of the Aesthetic movement.

There are pre-Raphaelite paintings on display by Rossetti, Burne-Jones and their followers.

 Make sure you take the formal gardens for a spin, then afterwards you can get a bit of R&R in the tea-room, where they serve food grown on site.

Swot up for your next pub quiz with a tour of Banks's Brewery.

We didn't know the first thing about beermaking until we made a trip to Banks's, home of the fastest-selling cask ale in the Midlands.

Now we're experts on mashing and fermentation, we know the ingredients which have remained unchanged at Banks's for centuries, and we can tell you the difference between cask and keg ales - but you've got to go and find out for yourself!

Tours are offered on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Pints are offered at their on-site pub every day of the week!

Duck, duck, goose! And turkeys, chickens, Shropshire sheep, Hereford cattle... the list goes on.

Take your kids over to Northycote Farm and Country Park for a woodland walk and a chance to meet the animals.

You'll want to keep coming back all year round - for the bluebells in the spring, snow (fingers crossed) in winter, or perhaps for one of their seasonal events like an Easter Egg Trail or the Harvest Festival.

There's also a charming Tudor farmhouse - go and take a tour!

Isn't it unfair that kids have all the fun? No responsibilities, no bills - not a care in the world. Harrumph!

Luckily there's somewhere you can go to unleash your inner child - Go Kidz Go is an indoor play area which you can book in the evenings for grown-ups.

The Christmas office party has never been such a laugh!

Oh, and we nearly forgot - kids can go too. Playtime for kids is during the day, and you can also book it for birthday parties.

 


 

 

 

 

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