Should you get the urge to explorer during your stay in Wolverhampton, here are a few places we think are worth discovering.
Wolverhampton Art Gallery
The Wolverhampton Art Gallery houses collections of works from contemporary and pop art to Georgian and Victorian in a grand building. It’s located in the heart of the city, next to the University of Wolverhampton campus–and is free!
Lichfield St, Wolverhampton, West Midlands WV1 1DU
Phone: 01902 552055
Hours: 10am–5pm Monday to Saturday, Sunday closed
Bantock House Museum & Park
Set within 43 acres of urban parkland, Bantock House serves as a museum of Edwardian life and local history. It’s free and a quick 10-minute bus ride or leisurely 20-minute stroll from the City Campus.
Finchfield Rd, Wolverhampton WV3 9LQ
Phone: 01902 552195
Hours: 12–4pm Tuesday to Sunday, Monday closed.
St Peter’s Collegiate Church
For many centuries St Peter’s was a chapel royal, and played an important role in Wolverhampton’s development. The shaft of a 9th century Anglo Saxon preaching cross and nave’s medieval pulpit are worth the visit alone.
Lich Gates, Wolverhampton WV1 1TY
Phone: 01902 422642
Hours: 10-2pm Monday to Friday and 10-1:30 pm Saturday
Wightwick Manor National Trust
Wightwick is comparatively rare in that it was built and furnished according to Arts and Crafts ideals, rather than simply modified to suit those ideals. The house’s interior features original wallpaper and fabrics by William Morris and you’ll find plants originally from the gardens of Shelley and Keats in the poets garden.
Wightwick Bank, Wolverhampton WV6 8EE
Phone: 01902 761400
Hours: 8am–8pm every day
Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
Commonly called The Grand, this Grade II listed building was originally designed by Charles J. Phipps, the famous Victorian theatre architect who also built the Strand and Savoy. The Grand is held in high regard as one of Phipps’ crowning achievements, so much so that the facade of the building has remained virtually unchanged.
Lichfield St, Wolverhampton WV1 1DE
Phone: 01902 429212
Hours & Shows: http://www.grandtheatre.co.uk/whats-on/allshows
Moseley Old Hall
This National Trust landmark is a fine example of an Elizabethan farmhouse, and is where King Charles II hid during his escape following the Battle of Worcester in 1651. Built in 1600, stands within an attractive knot garden and nut walk. The richly paneled interiors still conceal several hiding holes for priests during times of religious turmoil.
Moseley Old Hall Lane, Fordhouses, Wolverhampton, WV10 7HY
Phone: 01902 782808
Website: Moseley Old Hall
(There is no direct bus to Moseley Old Hall, so you’ll need to plan on booking a taxi. It takes about 30 minutes to get there from the city centre)
Asylum Art Gallery
21 Chapel Ash, Clifton St, Wolverhampton WV3 0TZ
Phone: 07506 963884
Hours: visit their website at http://www.theasylumartgallery.com/
The Light House Media Centre
Located in the historic Chubb locks factory building, the Light House is a cultural hub that includes the Black Country’s only independent cinema, two galleries, an eatery and a lovely cobblestoned courtyard.
The Chubb Buildings, Fryer St, Wolverhampton WV1 1HT
Phone: 01902 716055
Hours: 9am – 8.45pm Monday – Friday, and 4.45pm – 8.45pm Saturdays
Broad Street Canal Basin
A short walk from the railway station, you’ll find the Broad Street Canal Basin, which is a pleasant, quiet urban oasis. For those of you who like an early morning jog, it’s the start of the 2.8 km (1 3/4 miles) Birmingham Mainline Canal Network walking trail that includes 21 individual canal locks, each with their own story.
Cross the Broad Street Bridge just off St. David’s Ring Road