Your matchday experience doesn’t need to last just 80 minutes at the DW Stadium, there is plenty to do before and after the big match both in and around Wigan and the DW Stadium.
Situated in the heart of North West England, Wigan is a popular and vibrant destination. Visitors to the town will discover picturesque countryside, popular visitor attractions, events, festivals, heritage, culture and much more. 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 a scenic network of canals and waterways.
There are a range of attractions in and around the town along with various hotels, bars and restaurants.
Other popular locations, all just a short commute away include Liverpool, Manchester, Southport and Blackpool.
Wigan Town Centre
Wigan town centre has a vast assortment of restaurants and bars along with an array of shops.
The Grand Arcade shopping centre, located in the heart of the town centre and home to Warriors World – the Warriors’ official retail outlet - is among the finest in the North West following considerable redevelopment and renovation.
Popular restaurants and bars in the town centre include Franco’s, Gallimore’s, the Fat Olive (Swinley), Casino De Cuba and Revolution Bar - where Wigan Warriors season ticket holders are entitled to 25% off food orders on matchdays.
Various fastfood restaurants are available in the town centre whilst season ticket holders are also entitled to various special offers at all McDonalds restaurants across Wigan.
The Stadium is a 15 minute walk from the town centre.
Robin Retail Park
The DW Stadium is situated opposite Robin Retail Park which offers plenty of destinations for you to enjoy before the action gets underway.
The Retail Park has a plethora of shops along with many places to grab a bite to each such as Frankie & Bennie’s, Pizza Hut, the Red Robin Pub, Burger King and Jamal’s Indian Restaurant. Empire Cinema is also located just across from the DW as is Robin Park Leisure Centre.
Starbucks (Scott Lane - at the end of stadium way) is also in close proximity to the stadium and Wigan Warriors season ticket holders are entitled to 10% off on matchdays.
Haigh Hall & Country Park
Set in 250 acres of picturesque park and woodland with magnificent views across the Douglas Valley to the Welsh Hills, Haigh Country Park and Haigh Hall are wonderful places to visit.
The grand Georgian building is surrounded by miles of woodland trails, small lakes and streams, and features all kinds of wildlife. Add Children’s rides, an art and craft gallery and a year round programme of events and you get a memorable family day out.
On the banks of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal lies the iconic Wigan Pier. Set in an eight and a half-acre site beside the canal, Wigan Pier remains one of the town’s best-known locations.
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.
Please check the Wigan Tourist Board website for the Machinery Hall opening times CLICK HERE
Museum of Wigan Life
The Museum of Wigan Life, holds over 30,000 objects relating to life in Wigan Borough, past and present. Collections include fine art, archaeology, social history, natural history, coins, decorative art and industrial history.
Situated on Library Street in Wigan town centre, the popular museum tells the story of local people through everyday objects like Roman pottery or 16th century pewter ware. The museum holds everything from 19th century Blackpool holiday souvenirs to a German helmet from the First World War.
Recent additions to display artworks at the museum include work by J L Isherwood, Theodore Major and Harry Walder.
Night Time Activities
After a 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 for you to enjoy. Popular spots include Revolution Bar, Wigan Central and the Moon Under Water public house.
The town also hosts AMF Bowling, Wigan’s premier bowling alley. AMF Bowling has over 30 lanes, a diner and quasar games room and is open seven days a week till late.
Wigan Roller Rink, located near Wigan Pier, is the North West’s premier indoor roller skating destination and the ideal location for a family-friendly night.
Wigan also offers various driving experiences with Elite Karting and Three Sisters Racetrack both just a short drive from the DW Stadium.
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. For the latest information on the Arts Exchange visit their website CLICK HERE
Various hotels including The Premier Inn, Quality Hotel and Wrightington Country Club are all situated just a short ride away from the stadium, providing ideal locations to reflect on your day’s activities and retire for a good night’s sleep!
For further information visit the following websites:
North West Tourist Board CLICK HERE
Visit Manchester CLICK HERE
Wigan Leisure & Culture Trust CLICK HERE