Wolverhampton is an important industrial center. Although there are not many monuments here, you can visit interesting museums and learn about industrial history dating back to the Middle Ages.
The origins of the city are related to the existence of a monastery here founded by Lady Wulfrune. It is from her name that the name Wolverhampton is derived. The statue of the founder of the monastery stands in front of the main entrance to the oldest church in the city, the fourteenth century Church of St. Peter. Apart from it, in the center, there are practically no buildings older than the 18th-19th centuries.
During the Middle Ages, Wolverhampton developed as a center for the production of woolen materials and the wool trade. After the collapse of this market, the first manufactories producing metal tools began to appear in the city at the end of the 16th century. Over time, during the industrial revolution, manufactories turned into factories. The machine industry dominated in Wolverhampton, and from the beginning of the 20th century also the car industry. There were, among others, Sunbeam plants, which also produced racing cars. The first vehicle in the world to break the speed limit of 300 km per hour was built here.
Today, Wolverhampton's biggest attractions are the Bantock House Museum and Park with exhibitions of arts and crafts, and the Moseley Old Hall on the outskirts of the town, a landscaped estate where King Charles II hid during his escape. There is also the Bilston Craft Gallery dealing with the history of craftsmanship in the region. The vast West Park is a popular recreational area.