Wigan Area

Wigan is a surprising mixture of character, history, heritage and transition. Situated approximately halfway between Manchester and Liverpool, the town has a vibrant mixture of fantastic amenities including great shopping facilities, a vast array of pubs, clubs and restaurants, accommodation, plus tranquil countryside and lakes, and award-winning attractions.


Wigan Pier Experience life at the world-famous Wigan Pier 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.


This collery town stands on the line of a Roman road and features a good church that was rebuilt in the 16th century. Inside the building, particularly in the roof, are good examples of woodwork. The old village stocks are preserved on the steps of a modern town cross.


Parbold Hall is a splendid stone-built Georgian house (not open) with a Ventian-style doorway. Excellent views of the stunning countryside can be enjoyed from the summit of Parbold Hill, which is crowned by the impressive 19th-century building of Christ Church.


Slight remains of a priory lie to the south-west of Burscough, which has a Victorian church with four attractive buttresses.