Haigh Hall was built in the mid-19th century and was once the home of the Earl of Crawford and Balcarres. It was sold to Wigan Council in 1947 and is now used for weddings and corporate events.
The 250 acres of park and woodland surrounding the house now form Haigh Country Park and Haigh Hall Golf Club.
Haigh Country Park is a great place for a family day out. The former stable blocks, close to the main entrance, now houses a café, information centre, and toilets. Nearby there’s a great children’s playground with swings, slides, climbing frames and more. The park also boasts a crazy golf course (open at weekends and holidays).
The park offers plenty of open spaces, a walled garden (Walker Gardens), picnic areas, and an arboretum. There are also large areas of woodland with beech, sycamore, birch, horse chestnut, and oak trees. Details of waymarked trails through the park can be found on the Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust (WLCT) website.
One of the nicest features of the park is the Haigh Hall Miniature Railway. The 15 inch gauge railway is one of the best in North West England. The train travels along a route over one mile long, through woodland and gardens, and boasts covered carriages with pretty comfortable seats. It is open weekends and school holidays.
Haigh Hall is situated around 2 miles north east of Wigan town centre. Drivers with satellite navigation systems can use the postcode WN2 1PE to find it. There are two car parks near the park entrance. A pay-and-display system is in operation. Parking charges at the time of writing (May 2015) are £1.50 (flat rate for a day).
Buses going to Haigh Hall include the 575 and 576. Both services depart from Wigan Bus Station for Bolton Interchange. Get off the bus on St David’s Crescent. From here it’s a 15 minute walk down Haigh Road and then Copperas Lane to reach the entrance.
It’s also possible to reach Haigh Hall on foot. Start from Wigan Pier and walk along the towpath of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.
Plans for a massive redevelopment of Haigh Hall and Haigh Country Park were announced at the end of 2014.
The multi-million pound project will see Haigh Hall transformed into a 30-room boutique hotel. It will be managed by Contessa Hotels.
Haigh Country Park will benefit from an adventure golf course, a high ropes course, and new play equipment.
Wigan Council and the WLCT predict that the £12 million project will increase annual visitor numbers from 300,000 to 500,000. It will take around five years to complete.
Haigh Hall and Haigh Country Park
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