Wolverhampton is a vibrant, metropolitan borough within the West Midlands and regularly attracts tourists and people simply looking for a great day or night out.
Once considered part of Staffordshire, Wolverhampton’s roots lay principally in the industrial revolution, when it was known for steel production, lock making and the manufacture of vehicles.
Beyond it’s vibrant economy, Wolverhampton also benefits from considerable investment and on-going improvements to the city, with projects such as ‘Interchange’ promising redeveloped leisure and retail space.
If you’re heading to Wolverhampton, there’s so much you can do, but we’ve saved you some time hunting around for the best tourist spots and activities by listing our favourite ten things to do in this wonderful city.
1. Wolverhampton Speedway
Home to the Wolverhampton Wolves British Speedway team, this represents a brilliant day or night out, for motorbike fans and racing fanatics alike.
To be honest, it’s great fun for anyone, no matter how partial you are to loud, exciting motorsport (you’ll soon come around – trust us!).
With a packed fixture list that typically runs from March to October, you’ll get to see the best riders tussle with one another around the huge track, purchase merchandise and enjoy great food and refreshments.
Address: 14 Sutherland Ave, Wolverhampton WV2 2JJ
2. Wightwick Manor and Gardens
Located in Wightwick Bank, this is a somewhat more serene day out than the time you’ll spend at Wolverhampton Speedway, but a great way to explore a beautiful piece of architectural history.
Pronounced ‘Wittick’, Wightwick Manor is a Victorian manor house that is one of only a few surviving houses built under the influence of the Arts and Crafts movement.
It’s gardens are particularly spectacular, but look deeper at this family house and you’ll spot influences from William Morris, the famed English Textile designer.
A wonderful day out and the perfect place in Wolverhampton to get some culture under your belt!
Address: Wightwick Bank, Wolverhampton WV6 8EE
3. Banks’s Park Brewery
If you’re partial to a real ale or two, Banks’s Park Brewery will demonstrate the best of the vibrant brewing scene in Wolverhampton.
Open from Tuesday to Saturday every week, beer aficionados and anyone who is curious as to how Banks’s makes its popular beers can go on a brewery tour. You’ll discover the 100% natural ingredients they use and find out how the brewing process works, from mashing to fermentation.
There’s even a free drink to be had at the end of the tour to cap off a memorable trip out in Wolverhampton.
Address: Wolverhampton WV1 4JT
4. Grand Theatre
A grade II listed building, Wolverhampton’s Grand Theatre is located conveniently on Lichfield Street.
Designed in 1894, ‘The Grand’ (as it is more commonly referred to) is a classic example of architecture from that era which is still immaculately maintained today.
The Grand will soon be undergoing a major refurbishment (one of many throughout it’s lifetime) as part of the Black Country Growth Deal, but you can still book tickets at the time of writing to a whole host of shows, including music events, comedy gigs, panto and dance shows.
Address: Lichfield St, Wolverhampton WV1 1DE
5. Clockwork Escapes
If you’re yet to try out an escape game, you’re missing out on a craze that is fast sweeping the nation.
The premise is simple; you and a bunch of mates are placed in a locked room and told to escape. At Clockwork, you’re given just sixty minutes (the time flies – trust us) to work out how to open the door by assessing the strategically placed clues within the room.
This venue also houses the ‘Alleyway’, whose tagline (“One body. One killer. One hour to solve the case.”) tells you all you need to know about what is destined to be an awesome day out.
Address: 19 Clarence Rd, Wolverhampton WV1 4HZ
6. Wild Zoological Park
Kids and adults alike will love Wolverhamptons’ Wild Zoological Park. As it states on its website, this is a small zoo, but one that makes a ‘big impact’, and we’d have to agree.
The mission of Wild is a little different to lots of zoos, because they aim to “teach, educate and conserve wildlife”, therefore a visit to this fantastic attraction will prove fascinating with both the amazing animals you’ll get to see first-hand and the brilliant insights you’re given by the team.
Within its four walls, you’ll find meerkats, lemurs, giant tortoises and even a kookaburra sanctuary.
There’s a bush-trekker-trail, too, which you’ll be glad to hear is nothing like the similarly named task on a well-known ITV show.
Wild is open most of the year round, enabling you to experience the wonders of wildlife, no matter the weather.
Address: WILD Zoological Park, Upper Whittimere Farm, Tom Ln, Halfpenny Green, , Bobbington DY7 5EP
7. West Park
Fancy a quiet weekend stroll? West Park is one of Wolverhamptons prettiest locations in which to do so.
Formerly known as the ‘People’s Park’, West Park was opened in 1981 and it has been tirelessly looked after and curated ever since.
With over seventeen hectares of land to explore and a beautiful lake to wander round, West Park is the perfect place to make the most of a sunny summer day or blustery autumn stroll.
Address: West Park, Park Road West, Wolverhampton, WV1 4PH
8. Wolverhampton Art Gallery
If Wightwick Manor doesn’t fully quench your thirst for Wolverhampton-based culture, the art gallery is definitely worth a visit.
Originally opened in 1984, this stunning building is located conveniently in the city centre, and features a two story design sporting sculptures that represent the arts and crafts, such as painting, glassblowing, pottery and more.
There’s some stunning artwork to be admired, including the Peace and Plenty Binding the Arrows of War by Flemish Baroque painter Abraham Janssens van Nuyssen, but there are also signifiant collections of Bilston enamels and japanned ware.
There are around 12,000 artifacts to see in total, making this a great day out for anyone who loves indulging in classic and contemporary art.
Address: Lichfield St Wolverhampton West Midlands WV1 1DU
9. Wolves Museum
Football fans are advised to check out the Wolverhampton Wanderers museum for a fascinating look back at one of England’s longest-standing clubs.
Featuring interactive games, a cinema experience and selection of memorabilia from countless seasons in the English football leagues, the museum isn’t just for Wolves fans. If you have even a passing interesting the the beautiful game, you’ll love taking the journey all the way back to 1877 to see how life as a footballer was back then.
Address: Molineux Stadium, Waterloo Rd, Wolverhampton WV1 4QR
10. Wolverhampton Civic Hall
One of the most popular music venues in Wolverhampton, the Civic Halls plays host to countless artists (big and small) throughout the year.
Some huge names from the music biz have graced its stage, from Morrissey to The Specials, while it’s love of comedy gigs has seen Peter Kay, Jim Davidson and Ken Dodd appear within this fabulous venue.
Those looking for something slightly different may be able to book tickets to see the Wolverhampton Youth Orchestra play or take a Friday afternoon off to see one of the largest ballroom and sequence dances in the UK.
Address: North Street, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, WV1 1RQ
As we’ve proved above, Wolverhampton is brimming with opportunities for couples, families and anyone who is looking for an awesome day out in the West Midlands to explore one of the most vibrant, exciting cities in the UK.
Have we inspired you to get out and explore?