Wolverhampton Activities & Things To Do
Wolverhampton, West Midlands is a town in the U.K. with an estimated population of about 249 thousand people and pretty much the second largest urban area in the U.K. It was founded about 985AD and originally went through a number of changes but was primarily considered a trade hub. In 1859 it was well regarded as a reliable place for wool trading. Another significant part of it’s history is tied to a phrase you’ll know well if you’re from the UK or otherwise familiar with the V for Vendetta book/movie “Remember, Remember, the Fifth of November, Gunpowder treason and plot; For I see no reason why Gunpowder Treason should ever be forgot.” The attempted assassins of King James I of England and VI of Scotland took their final refuge in a house near Wolverhampton; the owners of the house were subsequently charged with sheltering the criminals and were sentenced and hung nearby.
Travel to Wolverhampton is quite convenient; the National Express Bus arrives at Park Lane or you can take the Arriva Midlands bus service 70 as well. The Train station has routes to and from Edinburgh, London Euston, Walsall and Birmingham International. Flights into Wolverton are available through a number of Airlines including Adria Airways, Aer Lingus, Air Europa, Alaska, Singapore, Transaero and Qantas. A good number of hotels from luxury (The Mount Hotel), a 3 Star (Mercure Wolverhampton Goldthorn) and a good midrange (Britannia Hotel) are available for lodging.
The best time really to visit is in the Summer; highs are around 19ׄ°vs 22° in July but you can find plenty of things to do in the city throughout the year. During that nice weather, there are a number of tours and local points of interest to consider like the City Show or the West Park. If history is your thing then make sure you see the Moseley Old Hall; an Elizabethan farmhouse where King Charles II reported had taken refuge during the English Civil War in 1651. It is limited though on opening times, weekends and a few days during the week. There’s also great golfing at the 3 Hammers Gold Complex, Painball and Rope Adventures if you’re looking for a bit of excitement and exercise. After the sun goes down, there are pubs and places aplenty with live music and comedy like the Spice Lounge, Quadrant Lounge and the Grand Theater.
The City’s motto is “Out of Darkness Cometh Light.” It has had some challenges reputation-wise. The DailyMail once listed it as the 5th worst city in 2009. East Park is commented frequently as a place still to avoid but it has improved quite a bit since.
If you’re curious about any famous people from Wolverhampton, currently there’s Liam Payne of One Direction, the actor Nigel Bennett, Robert Plant and Eric Idle and Button Gwinett, a signer of the US Declaration of Independence and served as Governor of the State of Georgia.
Wolverhampton has many things to see and do in accordance with a city of it’s size and location. History and modern activities are everywhere to be found.