The city of Wolverhampton is really going places. It’s a young and vibrant city with highly affordable house prices and a huge £3.7bn regeneration programme.
The city featured in the top three best cities in Britain to raise a family in a recent survey. The Family Living Index examined six categories, including the number of outstanding schools, parks, job opportunities, burglaries, house prices and average income. Excellence in education is a major highlight for parents with 86% of Wolverhampton’s schools either rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’.
More than £3.7 billion of investment is on site or in the pipeline for Wolverhampton, helping deliver jobs in a variety of sectors. In the past two years Wolverhampton has also been named the fourth best city in the UK (out of 69) to start a business, a top-10 area showing gross value added (GVA) growth, and was fifth in Property Week's 'Hot 100 Retail Locations 2016' rankings for where in the UK investors can find the best retail and leisure opportunities. This year, the city was ranked the best Western European city for manufacturing in terms of job creation by fDi Magazine.
Not only does the city benefit from the health leadership of NHS Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group which has been recognised for its outstanding performance by NHS England, Wolverhampton City Council has been awarded the accolade of local authority of the year.
A vibrant arts scene thrives in and around Wolverhampton. Wolverhampton's Art Gallery in Lichfield Street welcomes visitors to explore over 300 years of art including the Gallery's Pop Art Collection, one of the largest outside of London, artists include Warhol, Blake, and Hockney.
The Grand Theatre in Lichfield Street is one of the country's leading regional theatres. It’s the place to go for opera, ballet and national touring productions, as well as the annual pantomime. The small, intimate Arena Theatre in Wulfruna Street presents one of the best and most diverse theatre programmes in the West Midlands.
The independent Cinema at the Light House Media Centre in Chubb Street, hosts photography exhibitions, media events and international film and animation festivals
The Civic and Wulfrun Halls in North Street and the Slade Rooms in Broad Street host a mix of world renowned bands, comedy acts, up and coming bands, classical music and sporting events.
Home to Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club, Molineux Stadium has a fantastic atmosphere on match days and houses the new Wolves Museum. Experience the excitement of racing at Wolverhampton Racecourse and Holiday Inn Hotel, located less than 2 miles north of the City Centre.
The city also boasts a city park, eight district parks, 99 open spaces, 30 neighbourhood parks, an urban farm, pitch and putt, two public lidos, five skateparks, 19 natural play areas, 50 traditional play areas, 23 multi-use games areas, 34 football pitches, two cricket wickets, four areas with multiple tennis courts and 26 outdoor gyms.
Of particular delight is Bantock House Museum, a hidden, restored Edwardian treasure set within 43 acres of parkland and surrounded by delightful formal gardens. Explore the history of Wolverhampton and its people in the period settings of the former Bantock family home.
Two indoor shopping centres, the Mander Centre and Wulfrun Centre and the pedestrian-friendly shopping areas, host a mix of national stores and quality independent retailers. The vibrant Indoor and Outdoor Market operates on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and Craft and Farmers Markets enhance Dudley Street every first Friday of the month.
What's more, the free Wolverhampton Privilege Card gives you great city centre discounts and offers.
Wolverhampton is easily accessible from all parts of the UK. The city's state of the art Bus Station, Railway Station and Metro are all located in the city centre and are all within a short walking distance of each other.