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Travelling around Wigan

Travelling around Wigan

The historic town of Wigan is situated on the banks of the River Douglas, in the heart of Greater Manchester. With three national parks just a stone’s throw from the centre, countless listed buildings and beautiful Gothic-style architecture, this old mill town has much to offer. There’s the famous Wigan Pier, immortalised in the works of George Orwell, and the Leeds Liverpool canal – a magnificent example of 18th-century engineering, and the longest of its kind in the country.   

Wigan has excellent road and rail links, with Manchester and Liverpool both close by. Arriva bus services operate in the area, providing routes in and around the town centre, as well as outlying areas, including Bolton and Chorley.


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No trip to Wigan is complete without exploring its wonderful network of canals and waterways. Stroll along the towpaths, head to Wigan Top Lock to see the highest point on the canal, or simply float downstream on a romantic moonlit cruise.

For some fresh air and fun, you can get back to nature at Haigh Woodland Park, with 250 acres of stunning parkland and breath-taking views across the Douglas Valley. And, with adventure playgrounds, crazy golf and a miniature railway, there’s fun for all the family at this local beauty spot.

Explore the town’s industrial past at the Museum of Wigan Life, or enjoy some retail therapy at one of the town’s wonderful shopping arcades, offering a mix of high street outlets and exclusive boutiques.

In the evening, catch a show at The Little Theatre, or head to King Street for cocktails, dancing and a taste of Wigan’s nightlife.