Named after a monastery established by Lady Wulfruna in 985, Wolverhampton translates as 'the high town or town on the hill' so nothing to do with wolves, sadly. That's not to say that the city lacks shock value as the bustling market town was built to tremendous standards in the wake of a burgeoning woollen, iron and brass, lock and key industries. Today, Wolverhampton is one of only three new Millennium Cities and the 13th largest city in England.
Culturally, there is much to see and do in the Black Country city, with the renowned Wolverhampton Art Gallery in Lichfield Street, housing artwork from the 1700s onwards, and the Bliston Craft Gallery and Museum both top-notch attractions. There is also an abundance of green spaces and historic houses, including Bantock House with an arts and crafts centre inside.
The Grand Theatre, also on Lichfield Street, and the fringe Arena Theatre in Wulfruna Street, have some brilliant programmes on offer year round. A rare treat for cinema-goers, Wolverhampton has its own independent cinema at the Light House Media Centre in Chubb Street.
If retail is your thing, there are also a lot of options. The indoor shopping centres of the Mander Centre and Wulfrun Centre are both weather-free and pedestrian-friendly with a popular store brands and independent retailers side by side. There are also thriving indoor and outdoor markets every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, as well as a Craft and Farmers Market every first Friday of the month.
Explore Wolverhampton's history and heritage with a wander to St Peter's Church and Gardens, and pay tribute to a statue of the city's namesake, Lady Wulfruna.