I HAVE LIVED IN THIS DEPRESSING DUMP ALL OF MY LIFE AND FIND IT THE WORST PLACE ON THE FACE OF THIS PLANET TO LIVE IN!LACK OF FACILITIES AND AMMENITIES MEANS NO STIMULATION OR INTEREST OR INCLINATION TO GO AND SHOP THERE! I LIVE LESS THAN A MILE AWAY FROM THE SHOPS AND MARKET (HA!) BUT IT'S SOOO CONVENIENT AS I'M JUST YARDS AWAY FROM THE MAIN BUS SERVICE FOR THE MERRY HILL SHOPPING CENTRE AND CAN EASILY GET ON THE METRO TO GO TO BRUMIGAM!MY ADVICE TO ANYONE CONSIDERING VISITNG THIS DUMP OF A DOGHOLE IS TO KEEP GOING...DON'T STOP TO WASTE YOUR TIME MONEY AND RESOURCES HERE...IT'S DEFINATELY NO MANS LAND AND WELL WORTH FORGETTING ABOUT!!!!!
Interesting to read these reviews about Wolverhampton.
Wolverhampton like most places is a town of two halves. It was somewhat unfairly listed by one travel guide as the 5th worst city in the world. I have been to some far worse cities. Wolverhampton has its problems: rough industrial, dirty areas; it has ugly 1960's tower block architecture; it has a big crime and drug problem; a big unemployment problem; the city centre has beggars and some of the shops are very poor. Frankly as a resident of Wolverhampton I don't go into the city centre at night and I avoid it during the day. The heyday of Wolverhampton's nightclub scene has been and gone. I won't dwell on the bad points because they are well known.
Now to the good points. Not all of Wolverhampton is like that. Take the example of Tettenhall, which has its own public school, village green (with summer fete), medieval church, several manor houses, golf course, tennis and squash club, cricket club, shopping arcade, small police station. Tettenhall is so upmarket that the residents won't let takeaways open in the area and oppose having a bus route (because anyone on the bus shouldnt be in the area). In the 1930's Tettenhall was called by Country Life the finest suburb outside London with the exception of Clifton in Bristol - its no longer as good as that but is still a very respectable upmarket area. When the UK was the workshop of the world and Britain's industry was centred in the Black Country, Wolverhampton was a very wealthy place: entreprenurs gifted schools, hospitals, parks, an art gallery and various other public works to the city they lived in. A lot of West Midlands industrialists moved to Tettenhall in victorian times and built very large houses, which set the tone for the area. Tettenhall Towers became the public school Tettenhall College 100 or so years ago (and educated a Nobel prize winning chemist), The Mount where Lloyd George called a general election from became an upmarket hotel where you can pay £13 for a burger, and Wightwick Manor became one of the first National Trust properties in the 1930s. Most of the other grand houses were knocked down in some acts of 1960's architectural vandalism. The remaining grand houses were smaller and turned into apartments, their grounds were turned into "executive" housing estates. Some other Wolverhampton suburbs like Penn and Codsall are almost as snooty as Tettenhall. Pattingham is even snootier.
Outside of Tettenhall, Wolverhampton maintains two other public schools and the girls high school which is regularly in the top 10 schools in the country. The local university has some mickey mouse courses it also has some excellent courses - despite its low reputation the teaching training, legal and business courses are supposed to be very good.
Wolverhampton Civic Hall is a top music venue, having hosted Blur, Ocean Colour Scene, Willie Nelson and ZZ Top in the past few years. If a band is visiting the UK to play 3 gigs they are frequently just King Tuts in Glasgow, Brixton Academy and Wolverhampton Civic Hall. Wolverhampton Grand Theatre is a large regional theatre (in the shadow of Birmingham Rep though) which hosts some of the latest plays - presently the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Hairspray is playing there. The Art Gallery is not large but you can spend a few hours looking round, it has one of the largest (and best) collections of Popart in the country - its a shame if like me you aren't into Popart!
There are some good gastropubs just outside Wolverhampton - the Red Cow and Woodman are very good with quite reasonable prices (I have paid the same price for a burger in London as I have a ribeye steak at the Red Cow). Wolverhampton has some of the finest curry restaurants in the country, again these are well priced for what they are. In terms of proper restaurants that cost a £100+ for a couple to eat your choice is limited, maybe Bella or the Cowshed but you would have to get a bottle of dessert wine to go with pudding to take the bill past a £100.
Wolverhampton has premiership football, motorcycle speedway, all weather horse racing and a dog track. It also several cricket, rugby, football, hockey, tennis, badminton, squash etc clubs. The sports fan is very well catered for.
Wolverhampton has several parks, West Park in Wolverhampton was once upon a time Wolverhampton Race course, the victorians turned it into a park and it has recently won a few national awards. They also built their own crystal palace here and held a great exhibition, the crystal palace was however dismantled soon after. The park has a boating lake, acres of gardens, a bandstand, tennis courts and a playground. The area around the park is fairly mixed, venture a 1/4 of a mile the wrong way and you could be on some mean streets. Wolverhampton has I think 3 other large parks, I believe West Park is the best but I haven't been to the others.
Not far away from West Park is the Newhampton pub which is well known for its real ales, it has a bowling green at the back (once again a pity about the area). Wolverhampton as you might expect for a brewery town has plenty of real ale pubs, it also has plenty of grotty pubs though.
45 minutes from my door in Wolverhampton I can be in the centre of Birmingham, Wales, Ludlow, the outskirts of Manchester or halfway to London. The motorway connections on the west half of the city aren't great but the overall location of the city is quite convenient for getting round the UK.
For those people who live on the Western side of the city and avoid the city centre apart from for the train station, concerts and plays a high quality of life can be had. The rest of the city is not (all) as bad as the media makes out, but there are some very bad pockets.
Ive lived just outside Wolverhampton all of my life. Two words spring to mind....dirty and dull. I'm 19 and wouldnt recommend the nightlife round here- more trouble than its worth. The Civic Centre and Little Civic play host to some popular names and there are some talented bands coming out of Wolverhampton. Nice art gallery, average shopping centre, average eating places.
Wolverhampton is not a place I would like to visit often. Yes, it has had millions pumped into it in recent times and the night life is very lively indeed - if you like this sort of thing. But..there's a side to Wolverhampton that cannot be ignored: crime, to the point where one can almost taste the atmosphere of rowdiness especially during evenings and weekends. It has become a haven for voilent crime and locals are ever fearful when they enter the town and its surroundings, i.e. the Park Lane area just down the road. I recently moved away because of such issues. Despite the large student base I do not feel that Wolverhampton is exactly the ideal seat of learning it's proclaimed to be. The traffic congestion is some of the worst you can find in the country; the road system has to been seen to be believed. Best to avoid it like the plague unless you fancy being tailgated sround a relentless array of islands and traffic lights. I'm not totally against Wolverhapton. I like the array of shops (especially for music and computers), and the train station is situated just a hop away from all the attractions. But the disadvantages far outweigh the advantages. It is a predominately dirty and violent place at the best of times and most uninviting to the visitor who expects better. The bus station is a perpetual no-go area at night and if you're in urgent need of a taxi you have to wait in line at the gritty taxi rank near the station since they aren't allowed in the center. The last time I visited this town I saw countless brawls and very shady people hanging about and ended up asking myself why people would want to put themselves through it. I have no intention of offending the people of Wolverhampton who on the whole I have always found friendly and helpful, but this town needs an overhaul if it is to attract investment and people.
I have lived in Wolverhampton for all my life, and i think it is one of the most miserable towns in this country. It is dirty, smelly, has little for young people to do, and is run by a very elitist group of people. In short, Wolverhampton sucks. About the only thing going for Wolverhampton is the nightlife, whcih in recent years has improved somewaht, more so with the opening of the Litten Tree, Yates and the Canal. If you cannot be bothered to go to Birmingham, then Wolverhampton is not a bad place to be of a nightime, but other than that, it is pretty grim. The shopping facilities at Wolverhampton are again pretty abysmal, with the best shop in the town being Another World, which is a definate must see. Beatties is also good, but a little expensive for the majority of inhabitants. Apart from that, there are the usual chain stores, and little else, making this town a pretty dull and boring place to live, work and play in.
Wolverhampton then. What is there apart from smog, a football ground and a load of students? Well quite a lot I would say. I came to Wolverhampton to go to university. Well, I transferred here from a far, far worse place than this! So what is there then. I'll begin with the obvious, Shopping! The city's centre is relatively large. There are two shopping centres, the Wulfrun and the Mander centre. They are joined together at some point, but still each have their own names! There's enough for the average shopper to be happy coming into the centre every Saturday. Shops such as New Look, Boots, BHS and Marks and Spencers are all present. There are also a couple of alternative stores, "Penny Farthing" and "Rowfers", which sell incense, candles and clothes for the non-topshoppers among us. There are a couple of comic stores aswell. The biggest being "Another World". There is a market which I think is on most weekdays bar one and then on a Saturday. It sells the usual; fruit, cheap clothes, electrical appliances and so on. In the week I think they have specialist days, but I rarely visit the market, so I'm not sure. Next then, Food and drink! Well, there ae quite a lot of pubs here. There is The Varsity, Hogs Head, Royal London (part of the Its a Scream chain) Wetherspoons, Tap House, The Litten Tree and a few others. Wetherspoons and the Royal London do food, Wetherspoons is the cheapest, although the service has sometimes been a tad poor. The food is your basic burgers and chips etc. There are also quite a lot of cultural restaurants within the city. Indian, mexican and italian restaurants are spread about the place, not all in the main centre but not too far from it itself. There is also the obvious McDonalds and Burger King, but my favourite place to go to is Subway. I have never stumbled across these before, but I'm glad I did. They ma
ke sandwiches and they are nice! They might seema bit expensive at £3.49 for a meal, but you get a drink and crisps and a delicous sandwich, and compared to MaccyD's and BK, its not that bad. Football. The Molineux is the home of the Wolverhampton wanderers. I hate football so I can't really comment on the stadium etc. but it does have a bar and a shop. So places to boogie then. Atlantis is for those who like dance and stuff, as is the Canal club. Never been to either of these myself, but apparantely it does the business for those who do. For the more alternative stuff...there isn't anywhere really!! On Wednesday nights there is an alternative thing at the Terrace Bar in the Molineux Stadium. It has only just started up after ebing gone for a few months. Don't know how long it'll last this time!! The civic centre has a couple of nights on on a Friday and Saturday. They also have gigs and shows on here. There is of course the student union too. Only for students though normally, but there are a couple of thngs that go on that they allow the public into. These are more acts like hypnotists and stuff. Places to stay. There are a few B&B's around the place. You wouldn't really come here for a holiday. Probably more to see a band or a show or even maybe the football. Apparantely some of them are quite well priced too. I wouldn't really want to live here for the rest of my life, but that's not because its a bad city. It has all the amenities and its only a short metro ride into Birmingham! Who knows. I could still be here in a few years, but for now, its fine for me as a student!
So what can I tell you about the place, let me see? This is my second year in Wolverhampton and I can seriously say I hate the place. Unfortunately I am a student here and I have got another year and a half to go before I can escape for good. I will not be returning if I can help it. When I first looked around the area I thought it was quite nice, big town centre, football ground (even though I am a villa fan!) and the university looked okay. I obviously didn’t look hard enough. Don’t get me wrong there are a few good things to say about the place, I’ve met some good friends here that I will probably keep for life. It has a good leisure complex on the outskirts with a great multi screen cinema. The best thing about the place is cheap pub grub. There are many places to eat in the town centre for very reasonable prices. Unfortunately the list of bad things about the place is much longer. I live in a really rough area with rows and rows of terraced housing. I have become used to the daily routine of police sirens and burglar alarms. I won’t go anywhere in the dark by myself, and even feel nervous walking around in broad daylight. Only the other day did I see about five police cars down my street for one incident. The city centre is good for shopping but you can’t go anywhere without seeing beggars everywhere, big issue sellers on every street corner and preachers shouting their hearts out outside McDonalds. I think the best thing about the area is the train station. I have used the trains a lot more than I thought I would as I get out of the place as often as I can. You may be thinking it is like this in every city but all the ones I have visited are far more desirable than Wolverhampton. If anyone is considering moving to Wolverhampton please rethink. If you insist on still coming make sure you stay in a good area and be careful at all times. I used to hate my hometown Grimsby but know I think it is great
having experienced life in Wolverhampton. I am sorry if I have offended anyone in this opinion but I am just writing from my heart. I haven't seen every part of Wolverhampton and I agree there must be some good parts, all I can say is they must be well hidden!
I’ll start by saying Wolverhampton has a pretty bad reputation; it often seems to come up as the butt of many jokes but does it actually deserve any of the criticism? In a word, No I don’t personally think it does. I moved to the town just over a year ago now to study at the university. I was actually dreading coming here as I had been told it was a “dive” – I’d like to set the record straight. Firstly there is a lot to do in Wolverhampton, a lot more than in the town where I come from. There are loads of pubs, clubs, shops, restaurants and bars. Birmingham is a stones throw away by train, bus or tram and you get loads of bands and comedians playing in the town. It is also a lot cheaper to live up here than down south where I live, you can eat out for less (even chain pub’s such as Weatherspoon’s charge less for the same meal up here) You have clubs like Miss Moneypenny’s resident at the Canal Club here with big name DJ’s playing for the same amount of money as normal clubs in other towns. There are all the normal chain shops that you find in any town and a large cinema and leisure complex about a mile out of town. I agree that in some area’s the town is run down, but I think you will find that’s the case with most big towns in the UK Some of the building’s in the town centre (the university buildings, the art gallery and the tourist board shop to mention a few) are old, beautiful buildings. Another advantage of Wolverhampton is that the actual town centre is quite small making in easy to struggle round with bags and bags of shopping (as I so often find myself doing) Overall I’d say, it’s an average middle of England town with more going for it than most people think.