Trains to Wolverhampton
In the heart of the Black Country in the West Midlands, visitors can find the city of Wolverhampton nestled to the north-west of Birmingham. Officially made a city in 2001, Wolverhampton has been around much longer than that! A town has been recorded as sitting at the site of Wolverhampton from as early as 985 AD – that’s over 1,000 years of human history centred around this one location.
Safe to say, Wolverhampton has changed a lot since those early Anglo-Saxon days, but its importance to the Midlands remains.
Wolverhampton might long have been sitting in the shadow of its bigger cousin Birmingham, but it has its own fierce identity and local pride, making it distinct and unique in the Midlands. It has a renowned tradition of being a place of manufacturing, and this industrial spirit remains today in the determination of the people and revival of the city centre, as well as the preservation of buildings and craftsman skills.
Visiting Wolverhampton, you can expect to find Victorian industrialism, classical art, a passionate football community, and a diverse population of people excited to share their city with you! What are you waiting for - hop on the train today and start exploring Wolverhampton.
Whether you’re looking for a family day out, a day full of culture, or just a great time on a weekend, Wolverhampton has plenty to offer!
For culture, you can’t go wrong with the Wolverhampton Art Gallery . The beautiful 18th century building houses classic fine art collections, and one of the largest collections of Pop Art. It has a regular series of guest exhibitions too, so there’s always something new to see!
Wolverhampton Grand Theatre is a great place to visit if you prefer your drama to your oil paintings. The theatre has been established since the Victorian times and plays host to many popular shows and plays, including musicals, comedy, family shows, and more.
Stop by the Creative Industries Quarter and visit The Light House for a cinematic experience you won’t forget! Housed in the old Chubb buildings, The Light House has brought film and visual media to Wolverhampton in a brand-new way, including indie films, live-stream opera and theatre, music events and even a film festival.
If you’re a history buff, Wolverhampton has some excellent stately homes to visit. Bantock House , an Edwardian manor, also houses a small museum and has acres of parkland to explore. Elsewhere these is Wightwick Manor , a Victorian-era National Trust property which is very well preserved to reflect the era accurately, with accompanying grounds too.
Make a stop by St. Peter’s Collegiate Church if you want to brush up on local history. A church has stood on this site since 994 AD, with the current building dating to the 15th century in parts. You can also find out more about Lady Wulfrun, who was responsible for the founding of Wolverhampton.
Other popular attractions include Wolverhampton Racecourse , where you can witness the thrill of flat racing all year round, as well as enjoying some famous hospitality. And of course, we can’t talk about Wolverhampton without talking about football! Wolverhampton Wanderers is the local football team, although most just refer to them as ‘The Wolves’. Many fans are deeply proud of their team, and you’ll likely see their orange and black colours in and around in the city, including at the Wolves Football Museum .
Food and drink
Following recent investment into the city, Wolverhampton now has a small but thriving food and drink scene, offering a range of cuisines and dining experiences to suit everyone.
Fine dining can be found at Hamilton’s Restaurant , ranked as one of the city’s very best for food, including evening dinner and afternoon tea options. For something less formal, try Café Maxsim for Spanish tapas dishes, or Indigo for spicy Indian flavours. You can also find a range of great quality pubs serving up traditional classics – why not stop by The Horse and Jockey or The Dog and Partridge for a pie and a pint?
Closer to the heart of the city, you can visit outstanding bars such as The Lupo Lounge , Bohemian and The Grain Store . All three offer something different, including live music and entertainment, cocktails, gin tastings and more.
After all that food, drink, and the excitement of exploring the city, you’ll be wanting somewhere to rest your head. You can choose from cute bed-and-breakfasts, budget-friendly hotels or even treat yourself to a luxury stay.
For city-centre stays, choose from Novotel and Premier Inn for a no-frills approach to hotels. Fancy something a bit different? Why not stay at Ely House Hotel , a circa 1750s converted girls school offering Regency-era elegance.
If you want a more traditional B&B or guesthouse, there are plenty of smaller options too. St. John’s Gate offers city centre convenience with traditional B&B hospitality, with the added benefit of being a very pretty 18th century redbrick.
For a touch of luxury, you can choose the Park Hall Hotel and Spa , a short taxi ride from the centre of Wolverhampton. This Georgian manor is guaranteed to offer relaxation with an indoor pool and health spa facilities for guests. Or you can opt for The Mount Hotel and County Manor , blending classic luxury with modern convenience.
There’s a range of options to suit all budgets, so you can definitely find the perfect place to rest your head for your stay in Wolverhampton!
Don’t miss out on the chance to visit Wolverhampton when there’s a cracking event on – the whole city comes to life and you can really immerse in the atmosphere.
There are always events on at Wolverhampton Racecourse , but don’t miss out on the Boxing Day racing for an event sure to chase away the post-Christmas blues! In the summer, you can set your tastebuds dancing with the Wolves Food Fest , held in the picturesque West Park. Bringing together street food from all over the world, this is an event to turn up to with an empty stomach, for sure.
Keep an eye out for the spectacular events from Word of Mouth , a leading local music production set up, dedicated to bringing house music to audiences all over the world. There’s always plenty to see at the Grand Theatre as well, with UK-favourite comedians, drag shows and arthouse theatre all on offer.
How long does it take to arrive from Birmingham?
Are you ready to visit Wolverhampton? Get there in less than 30 minutes when you travel with West Midlands Railway from Birmingham New Street station.