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5 things to do in Wigan
Wigan is a surprisingly diverse destination. There's heritage, miles of countryside, sporting glory, shopping, vibrant nightlife, popular festivals, and the best in northern character and hospitality.
250 acres of wonderful and historic woodlands and plantation wrap around the Georgian Hall - once the home of earls and lords. Today Haigh is home to country trails, a 15 inch gauge railway, a model village, children’s rides, walled gardens, and stables centre with its café, information centre, and craft gallery.
Wigan’s fascinating heritage is retold in the newly opened Museum of Wigan Life. Located in the old reference library, the building was used by George Orwell when researching ‘The Road to Wigan Pier’. The Museum recounts Roman settlements, Civil War battles, industrial heritage and local social history.
The longest of its type in Britain, the canal connects most of Wigan’s attractions such as Haigh Hall, the town centre, Wigan Pier, Pennington Flash. Refurbished and traffic-free tow paths provide opportunities for walking, cycling and exploring Wigan’s industrial and natural heritage.
Premier retail names occupy the Tudor-clad Standishgate and the Edwardian red brick Market Street. There are contemporary shopping centres and the traditional indoor and outdoor Market. Well served with excellent parking and with two railway stations, Wigan town centre is a must for shoppers.
At 2500 horse power, this is thought to be the world’s largest working mill steam engine. It is regularly steamed and is free for visitors. Located at Wigan Pier, you can watch a demonstration, learn of the engine’s proud past and you might even get invited to blow the steam whistle!