Away days: Wolves
As the Swans get set to face Wolves on Saturday, we bring you a fan's guide to Molineux to improve your matchday experience.
Saturday, January 6, 2017 - 3pm
Address: Molineux, Waterloo Road, Wolverhampton, WD18 0ER
Telephone: 0871 222 2220 Website: wolves.co.uk
WHAT’S IT LIKE? Swans fans are behind the goal in the Stan Cullis Stand and the atmosphere in the stadium is excellent. The usual pies, burgers and hot dogs are available along with jacket potatoes, chicken wraps and chips. Lager, bitter, cider and stout are also served in the stadium. It is best to keep colours covered near the stadium and around the city centre.
VISITING WOLVERHAMPTON Wolverhampton boasts art galleries, museums, music venues, theatres and sporting activities to be enjoyed. As with most cities, there are lots of shops, places to eat and drink as well as parks and open spaces. Hotels in the city include chains of Britannia, Mercure, Ramada and Novotel.
The Wolves Museum at the stadium gives the history of the city’s football club and the science behind the modern game. There are some pieces of rare memorabilia and artefacts that tell the Wolves story, as well as videos from different eras.
For info on entry and stadium tours, go to https://www.wolves.co.uk/club/history/wolves-museum/.
Elsewhere, you can take a two-hour tour of Banks’s Brewery (WV1 4JT) learning about the brewing process, ending your visit with three free half-pints of cask ale. You can also buy produce at the Brewery Shop.
To book your tour, go to http://www.bankssbeer.co.uk/brewery-tour.aspx.
Prices are £8.50 for adults and £5 for kids on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Meanwhile, Monmore Green Stadium (WV2 2JJ) has 12 dog races every Saturday night; with entry costing £6 for adults, £2 for senior citizens and under-18s are free.
Visit http://www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/visit for more information on things to do and see in the locality.
PUBS AND GRUB The only downside of a visit to Molineux is the lack of away-friendly pubs. There are loads of pubs around the stadium and in the city centre, but they do not let away fans in. The Hogshead (WV1 1NA) has plenty of craft beers with Bohemian Bar (WV1 1EQ) offering similar with a few ciders on tap, but they seem to be the only welcoming places in the city centre. There is a small bar inside the Premier Inn near the train station for away fans.
PARKING The city centre car parks are handy, but busy with shoppers and long queues going in and out. It is better to park away from Molineux and walk 10 minutes, as you will be able to get away easier after the game. Near Kennedy Road (off Culwell Street), there is some street parking on a small industrial estate; about a 10-minute walk to the stadium.
TRAIN The stadium is a 15-minute walk from the station in the centre of the city. Trains leave Swansea for the three-hour journey at 8.29am, 9.29am and 10.29am. Trains leaving after the game depart Wolverhampton at 5.17pm, 6.17pm and 7pm and arrive in Swansea at 8.42pm, 9.43pm and 10.44pm respectively.