shops, art and country/canal trails
OK, so it's not a major tourist hotspot, but there's more there than you think
Nice, but not pretty
Winter Hill is a landmark visible from many towns in Lancashire. There are 3 distinctive features of the hill: transmitter Mast, Rivington Pike and the Pigeon Tower.Its a beautiful walk, but can be very steep in parts. Make sure you wear appropriate footwear and take warm clothing for when you get towards the top.more
Wigan's history of cotton spinning industry is evident by the acrhicture and museum of Trencherfield Mill. You can see by the date on its exterior that is was built in 1907 for William Woods and son. It closed in 1968 when it was still part of the large Courthaulds chain and then laid neglected for several years. Fortunatelty a heritage grant came...more
A theme park for people of ALL ages! My partner and I went on a cold rainy day (which turned hail/snow). The rides werent the most frightning Iv been on, and there were plenty of great rides for kids (which we enjoyed more than the "scarey" rides). And the animal farm was probably my favourite part! The goats were gorgeous, such tiny little goats...more
Haigh Hall is situated in 250 acres of park and woodland. The hall itself is now for use of buisness & leisure activites, unlike many of the usual heritage halls & houses around the UK.But you will find it nice to take the family, there is minigolf, a miniture train, playground & giftshop.more
Visit the JJB stadium to watch Wigan Athletic or Wigan Warriors. Walk through the Plantations up to Haigh Hall Country Park. Visit one of the Flashes to see the birdlife - Scotsmans Flash in Poolstock and Pennington Flash in Leigh. Wigan Pier isn't worth visiting anymore since the Council closed most of it down to so called build a cultural quarter...more
The church in Wigan town center is a fantastic building dating from the 1500's. It has been restored twice, once in about 1630 and again in 1847. Although closed while there is no service on, the architecture on the outside of the buildings, and the grounds round it, are beautiful.more
Warrington Road, Marus Bridge, Wigan, WN3 6XB, United Kingdom
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Almond Brook Road, Standish, Wigan, WN6 0SS, United Kingdom
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River Way, Wigan, Lancashire WN1
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This pub enjoys a picturesque setting by the canalside near to the Top Lock. Two private houses in mock Tudor style were turned into one to create this place more than 100 years ago. It serves welcome refreshment and good home cooking - note no credit cards are taken though. Just a refreshing beer midway on our walk from Wigan Pier to Haigh Hall....more
We called in The Raven mainly because we couldnt decide where to eat, and places like Subway and McDonalds were all full. We both had the Cajun chicken, but it was absaloutly fantastic, the best i've ever had when eating out. It was served with a healthy portion (or not...as the case may be) of delicious chips, onion rings, grilled tomato and...more
A century old cinema that was converted into a dance nightclub during the 1990's and later turned into a live music venue.The venue currently hosts live gigs (Arctic Monkeys and other high profile indie acts have played here) but its main nights are its under 18's rock night on a Thursday and Northern Lights indie night every Friday. the club holds...more
Wigan is also situated on the Leeds to Liverpool Canal so you may well arrive in Wigan by narow boat! Whilst it doesn't have the spectacular Bingley Five Rise lock staircase section (much further upstream) it does have its fair share of locks to navigate. Starting by Trencherfield Mill, 23 locks raise the canal 298 feet above sea level in the space...more
Wigan straddles the North Western border between Greater Manchester and Lancashire, its between junctions 24 and 27 of the M6 and junctions 5 and 6 of the M61. By rail it lies between Warrington and Preston on the West Coast line (North/South) and between Manchester and Liverpool/Southport on the East/West line - our mode of transport, arriving at...more
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The Ethnic Emporium sells all things bizzare. Every town usualy has at least one of these shops, but this one did seem extra special. It has been in the local news recently about a 260 million year old fossil on sale there. It contains alot of Pagan, Hindu and Bhuddist trinkets and books, so will appeal to the spiritualist in you, and has a huge...more
In 1898, Mrs Santus wasmaking sweets in her kitchen at home using pure cane sugar, oil of peppermint and cream of tartar. Now, 110 years later, Wm Santus and Co, the name of a factory in Wigan, Lancashire, still make 'Uncle Joe's Mint Balls' to the exact same method and recipie.A national institution, Uncle Joe's Mint Balls are traditionaly found...more
Sir William Bradshaw of Haigh.A knight of some renown.Married a young girl from Blackrod and Haigh.On the outskirts of old Wigan town.Sir William, he had to go away.To fight in some war.It may have been Bannockburn.Or it could have been further afar.Now, it's said he was taken prisoner.But what we don't know is, how long.All that we know is, he...more
Wigan Pier seems to be the main known attraction in Wigan. But the attraction is no longer what it used to be. Ofcourse the pier is still there, many canal walks begin here which are great if the weather is decent, but you cannot go inside the building there, where they would have different exhibitions.
Unique Suggestions: Take your walking shoes and go for a walk along the Leeds-Liverpool canal.
During summer, a light weight jacket and perhaps an umbrella, and a pair of comfortable shoes, in winter bring a good quality jacket with a hood as it can get very wet and very cold!
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you want to go camping there are many areas in and around the town that offer camp space for a small fee, and some farmers will even allow you to camp for free in fallow fields, but always ask first.
Miscellaneous: The weather in Wigan ranges from cold and wet to stuffy and humid in summer months, and like many other places in the north of England it is quite unpredictable as just what you are going to find from day to day! In Wigan itself (rather than one of its satalite towns) when it gets windy, it gets really windy as the town lies at the bottom of a valley and the wind seems to rip its way through at times. Likewise in the summer it can get very stuffy due to the location of the town and this is when you are most likely to find all the public parks filled to the max.
Yes, I'm telling you to visit a supermarket. But with a bit of vision and a bit of rugby knowledge try to imagine one of the most legendary rugby grounds ever in existence. Central Park. It feels like I grew up here, the heart of Wigan.
It's now a tesco supermarket, but if you look hard enough you can see the hints of the past. There's a small rugby ball statue in the corner of the car park, and every time I go there I feel a shiver.
Maybe it's just me, but with some rugby love and some romance in your soul, you might just feel it too.
League Play In
Blue and white striped shirt,
To be continued
The Wigan Way is an 8 mile circular route starting from Wigan Pier to Haigh Hall and back to Wigan.We enjoyed this easy mainly level walk one July on a balmy summer's day.The most scenic part is throught he Leeds to Liverpool Canal - which although the longest canal in Britain at 127 miles long - its one of the least busy - perhaps because of all...more
The Leeds and Liverpool canal was completed in 1827 and is 127 miles long with 91 locks and 2 tunnels The canal was instrumental in Wigan's industrial development and heritage - especially for transporting coal and cotton. The canal was prosperous until the railways provided their comptition in the 1850's but it was 1972 before coal traffic finally...more