// LOCAL ATTRACTIONS
For most, the name Wigan conjures up thought of coal or cobbles. The reality is that the Wigan of today is surprisingly different. A destination both varied and vibrant.
Visitors to Wigan will discover picturesque countryside, popular visitor attractions, events, festivals, heritage and culture. From coach parties to independent travellers, Wigan extends a warm welcome to all visitors.
The Wigan area is two-thirds countryside, dotted with pretty townships and small villages and with an excellent network of canals and waterways.
On the banks of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal lies the international icon and visitor favourite Wigan Pier.
Also in Wigan, take a look at Haigh Hall and Country Park. This grand Georgian building sits proudly in 250 acres of green and pleasant parkland. There are miles of woodland trails, small lakes and streams, and all kinds of wildlife. Add Children's rides, an art and craft gallery and a year round programme of events and you get a wonderful family day out.
Leisure Pursuits & Shopping
The adjacent Robin Retail Park offers a cinema, bingo, and leisure centre, as well as a plethora of shops and restaurants while Town Centre at the Grand Arcade shopping is now among the finest in Lancashire following considerable redevelopment and renovation.
Set in an eight and a half-acre site beside the redeveloped Leeds and Liverpool Canal, Wigan Pier offers a great value for money day out for all the family.
Experience life in Wigan in the year 1900 in The Way We Were museum and ride on the Waterbus on the canal. Experience the sights, sounds and smells of the World's largest working mill steam engine.
Experience the Twentieth Century in a day in Opie's Museum of Memories. Experience the deafening noise of the cotton spinning machines within the Machinery Hall which acts as a reminder of the difficult conditions endured by the employees of Trencherfield Mill. In stark contrast to the noise of the Machinery Hall is the eloquent working of the Trencherfield Mill Engine - the world's largest original working steam engine.
Haigh Country Park
Set in two hundred and fifty acres of picturesque park and woodland with magnificent views across the Douglas Valley to the Welsh Hills, and featuring spacious conference rooms and banquet halls, Haigh Country Park and Haigh Hall are wonderful places for business or pleasure. There are many special activities taking place throughout the year, making any visit to Haigh Country Park a memorable one for all the family.
The Arts Exchange
The Arts Exchange is the best way to discover all the arts activities and opportunities taking place in the Wigan area. The organisations who are members of the Arts Exchange cover everything from writing, publishing, media and IT, graphics, photography, visual arts, performance, theatre, and all forms of music and dance. Many groups run classes, courses, and stage regular performances.
Night Time Activities
After a hard day visiting Wigan's many hidden talents, and cheering on the Warriors as they strive for victory, the stylish and entertaining town provides a host of pubs, bars and night-clubs.
The Quality Hotel is situated a short taxi ride away from the stadium, providing the ideal location to reflect on your day's activities and retire for a good nights sleep!
For further information please contact the North West Tourist Board, visitmanchester or the Wigan Leisure & Culture Trust.