Wigan

Wigan is a large town in Greater Manchester, roughly halfway between Manchester and Liverpool. It expanded rapidly in the Industrial Revolution and became a major mill town and coal mining area. By the late 19th century there were more than 1,000 pit shafts within five miles of the town centre.

Haigh Hall, Wigan
Haigh Hall

Hotels

Hotels and places to stay in and around Wigan include:

  • Mercure Wigan Oak Hotel
  • Bay Horse by Greene King Inns
  • The Mount by Greene King Inns
  • The Greyhound Hotel
  • Mercure Haydock Hotel
  • Holiday Inn Express Leigh - Sports Village
  • Britannia Hotel Wigan
  • Macdonald Kilhey Court Hotel & Spa
  • Holiday Inn Express - Wigan

Attractions & Things To Do

Wigan Pier, a wharf on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, was made famous by George Orwell’s pivotal book about the northern working class, The Road to Wigan Pier. Orwell did much of his research in Wigan Public Library. With a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the building reopened in 2010 as the Museum of Wigan Life.

Trencherfield Mill, Wigan Pier
Trencherfield Mill, Wigan Pier

The Metropolitan Borough of Wigan, two thirds of which is open land, boasts some fantastic parks and recreation areas.

The Haigh Hall estate, once the home of the Earl of Crawford, has been under public ownership since the middle of the 20th century. It features over 250 acres of park and woodland, a miniature railway, children’s playground, and cafe. Haigh Hall itself, one of over 200 listed buildings in Wigan, is now a popular wedding venue.

Pennington Flash is another popular spot. The centrepiece of this relaxing country park is a 70 hectare lake, created at the turn of the 20th century by coal mining subsidence and subsequent flooding. More than 200 species of bird have been spotted here, making it one of the best places for bird watching in North West England.

Pennington Flash, Leigh
Pennington Flash

Mesnes Park was Wigan’s first municipal park and in recent years has undergone extensive restoration work. It enjoys a great location on the edge of the town centre.

Robin Park is a massive retail and leisure complex. It is home to the DW Stadium (the ground of Wigan Athletic and Wigan Warriors) and the Empire Cinema.

Other entertainment options in the area include AMF Bowling in Wigan town centre and Cineworld Leigh at The Loom.

Wiganers are frequently referred to as ‘pie eaters’ but the name does not actually derive from their love of pies. It actually dates back to a miners’ strike in 1926 when starvation forced the miners of Wigan to eat ‘humble pie’ and return to work early. Nevertheless, the town is host of one of the UK’s wackiest events; the annual World Pie Eating Championship.

Restaurants

The list was last updated on Tuesday 17th of December 2019.

NameAddressCuisinePriceDetails
Casino de Cuba13 - 15 Millgate
Wigan
Cuban, Spanish££[Facebook]
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Fat Olive13 Upper Dicconson Street
Wigan
European££[Facebook]
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Franco's5 Rodney Street
Wigan
Italian££[Facebook]
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Gallimore's13 The Wiend
Wigan
British, International££[Facebook]
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Green Lane Chippy509 Holden Road
Leigh
British££[Facebook]
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India Lounge2 Vauxhall Road
Wigan
Indian££Indian restaurant just outside Wigan town centre. Friendly staff. Function room.
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La Sentidos Loca14 Market Street
Wigan
Tex-Mex££[Facebook]
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Market Kitchen1 Warrington Road
Ashton-in-Makerfield
French££Family-run restaurant in Ashton-in-Makerfield. Offers a French-inspired menu. Close to Haydock Park Racecourse.
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Olive Garden489 Preston Road
Wigan
Italian££[Facebook]
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Perola do Mar98 Railway Road
Leigh
Portuguese££[Facebook]
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PrimoGerard Street
Ashton-in-Makerfield
Italian££[Facebook]
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Red Door Bistro1 College Avenue
Wigan
British££[Facebook]
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Summat To Ate48-50 Market Street
Wigan
Steakhouse££[Facebook]
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Shopping

Wigan achieved worldwide fame as the home of the Wigan Casino, the home of northern soul music and voted the best nightclub in the world by Billboard magazine. The Grand Arcade shopping centre now stands on its site.

Other retail sites in the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan include Parsonage Retail Park.

Transport

Car

Wigan is situated immediately east of the M6 motorway. Drivers coming from the south should leave at Junction 25 and take the A49 to the town centre. Those coming from the north should exit at Junction 27 and take the A5209/A49 to the reach the town centre.

Wigan Council operates a number of car parks in the town centre. Large car parks in the town centre include the multi-storey car park at the Galleries Shopping Centre on Mesnes Street (625 spaces – WN1 1QP and the car park on Chapel Lane (WN1 1UP).

There are also car parks at the Grand Arcade, Wigan Wallgate Train Station, and Wigan North Western Train Station.

Bus and Coach

Wigan Bus Station is situated in the town centre, adjacent to the Galleries Shopping Centre. In addition to local bus services it is also on the route of several National Express coach services.

The National Express coach from Blackpool to London stops at Wigan. Other stops on the route include Preston, Chorley, Leigh, St Helens, Birmingham, Coventry, and Milton Keynes.

Wigan is also served by the National Express service from Whitehaven to London. Coaches on this route also stop at Keswick, Grasmere, Ambleside, Windermere, Kendal, Carnforth, Morecambe, Lancaster, Preston, and Birmingham.

Train

There are two train stations in Wigan town centre; Wigan North Western and Wigan Wallgate. Both are situated on Wallgate, just north of Wigan Pier.

Other train stations lying within the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan are Atherton, Hindley, Bryn, Orrell, Gathurst, Pemberton, Hag Fold, and Ince.

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