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Wolverhampton Area Guide

Living in Wolverhampton

With a population of over 250,000, the historic city of Wolverhampton boasts a wealthy and diverse mix of cultures. Situated to the north west of its larger neighbour Birmingham, Wolverhampton has Staffordshire to the north and Shropshire to the west of its boundaries.

Ideally placed for commuting all over the UK, Wolverhampton also offers a unique combination of urban, rural, suburban and countryside living. A superb range of shopping and restaurants, along with a healthy well-established infrastructure and good schools, means that Wolverhampton offers something for everyone.

History

The town’s name originated from the Christian name Wulfrun, and its history can be traced right back to the Anglo-Saxon period. Many famous people were once (or still are) Wolverhampton locals - Enoch Powell, Eric Idle, Mervyn King and Noddy Holder, to name just a few. Where once Wolverhampton was a coal-mining, steel-manufacturing and automobile production hub, the city is now a thriving centre for the service sector.

Transport Links

The Wolverhampton area is a major transport hub, with four motorways - the M6, M54, M1 and M40 - within just seven miles of its centre, making it extremely accessible from all directions. Wolverhampton railway station has direct links to London, Manchester and Birmingham, and a reliable modernised bus service links Wolverhampton to the West Midlands and beyond.

Culture

There are a large number of cultural attractions on offer across this vibrant city, including the fabulous Grand Theatre. Residents can explore one of the best Pop Art collections outside London, or work by English landscape and portrait genius Gainsborough, at the Wolverhampton Art Gallery. Or enjoy the splendour of the National Trust properties at Moseley Old Hall, and Wightwick Manor.

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Sports and Leisure

Renowned Wolverhampton Wanderers’ stadium, The Molineux, is right at the heart of the city, which is also home to Dunstall Park Racecourse and an excellent leisure centre. The Civic and Wulfrun Halls in North Street and the Slade Rooms in Broad Street host bands, comedy acts, classical music and sporting events. With a vast array of bars, restaurants and cafes, Wolverhampton has something for everyone.

Property in Wolverhampton

There is an enviable choice of modern, traditional and period heritage homes in Wolverhampton, providing variety and interest for buyers from local, regional and national markets. Many developers have made a mark on the area with ongoing projects across the city. At one end of the spectrum, investors and first time buyers will find a wealth of one and two bed properties. At the other end, the rambling country lanes around the city are home to truly stunning large properties and estates.

Educating Wolverhampton

Educational options are extensive in Wolverhampton. There are a staggering 91 primary schools in the area and 26 secondary schools. The town boasts an exceptional girls’ grammar school in Wolverhampton Girls High as well as an additional 10 special needs schools and vocational colleges.

Local shopping

Wolverhampton is home to two indoor shopping centres, the Mander Centre and the Wulfrun Centre, which afford a mix of national stores and quality independent retailers. The town also has three markets, offering a variety of stalls from fruit and vegetables to antiques - the vibrant Indoor and Outdoor Markets and additional Craft and Farmers Markets, which enhance Dudley Street every first Friday of the month.

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