Bel Air Hotel
236,Wigan Lane, , WIGAN WN1 2NU
We would recommend
We stayed the night while in Wigan for a family party. We received a warm welcome and the rooms were very pleasant and comfortable, we stayed in Room 4 on the first floor. It looked newly decorated, presumably resulted from the recent refurbishment. They ordered us a taxi and were very helpful. We had a drink in the bar on the Saturday evening, this was full of life and very enjoyable. We had the continental breakfast on Sunday morning which was perfectly adequate as we were having lunch at 12:30. The hotel has a 3 star rating which I would agree with. I got the impression they are trying very hard to build a successful business and would wish them well in that endeavour.
More about Wigan
walking towards wigan along the canal
arriving in Wigan
Travel Tips for Wigan
It was a busy Saturday and the centre was crowded with shoppers - fortunately a pedestrianised area.
No evidence anymore of the 1000 or so pitshafts that were once a feature of this old coal mining town!
Two historic thoroughfares cross Wigan town centre; Standishgate and Wallgate with tudor style frontages - but nowhere near as nice as Chester I'm afraid.
All the major shops and arcades can be found here.
Warp and Weft
Just before the town centre on Standishgate is this disappointing piece of artork - entitled Warp and Weft. It didn't look anything like I'd expected from the description I'd read about it. Its made of steel and is supposed to take on differnt curves and angles depending upon which way you look at it. Well I suppose at least its a W for Wigan.
Along the route of the Wigan WAy are several canalside pubs where you can stop en route for resfreshment - this one in the pic is the Commercial Inn - we didn't stop here but one just a bit further up - the Kirkless Hall (see restaurant tip).
Discovering the Wigan Way
Wigan was a former coal mining and cotton mill town. We came here to take a look at the famously riddiculed Wigan Pier and the museum of Victorian life here - but found it closed:-S Never the less we just as much enjoyed walking around, discovering the public art in and around the town.
Another day we will return to tackle the 8 mile circular walk - " The Wigan Way" from the Pier along the canal towpaths and woods to Haigh Hall country park estate - when its a more sunny day hopefully.