Short Break in Wigan

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One Night British Inn Stay with Breakfast For 2

  • One night stay - Sunday - Friday
  • Two night stays - 7 days a week (subject to availability)
  • British hotel or Inn
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About Wigan

Wigan, a town with a rich industrial heritage situated in Greater Manchester, England, offers a compelling blend of history, culture, and green spaces, making it an intriguing destination for a weekend break. This town, once at the heart of the coal mining and cotton industries, has transformed itself into a vibrant community with much to offer visitors looking for both leisure and exploration.

The legacy of Wigan's industrial past is proudly displayed at the Wigan Pier, once a bustling coal-loading jetty and now a symbol of the town's heritage. The area around the pier has been redeveloped to celebrate its history through museums and cultural exhibits. The Trencherfield Mill, part of the Wigan Pier Quarter, is home to one of the world's largest working steam engines, offering a fascinating glimpse into the industrial revolution's impact on the town and the wider region. This remarkable engine, still operational today, is a testament to the ingenuity and hard work that defined Wigan's industrial era.

Wigan is also renowned for its commitment to preserving green spaces and offering recreational activities in its beautiful parks and nature reserves. Haigh Woodland Park, a vast expanse of woodland, is a prime example, offering walking trails, golf courses, and even a miniature railway. The park's historic Haigh Hall provides a stunning backdrop, while the kitchen gardens and play areas make it a perfect spot for family outings. For those looking to immerse themselves in nature, the park serves as an oasis of calm and a haven for wildlife.

The town's sporting heritage is another facet of its identity, with rugby league being at the heart of the community. The Wigan Warriors, one of the most successful teams in the sport's history, play their home games at the DW Stadium. Attending a game is not just about watching rugby; it's an experience that embodies the town's spirit and passion. For football fans, Wigan Athletic also calls the DW Stadium home, providing ample opportunity to catch exciting live sports over the weekend.

Wigan's cultural scene is vibrant and diverse, with the Old Courts Arts Centre standing as a hub for creativity and entertainment. This multi-arts venue, housed in a beautifully restored Victorian building, hosts a wide range of performances, including music, theatre, and comedy, alongside workshops and exhibitions that celebrate local and national talent. The centre's commitment to accessibility and community involvement makes it a key player in Wigan's cultural landscape.

The town's culinary offerings are as varied as its attractions, with traditional pubs, contemporary cafes, and international restaurants dotted throughout. The Wigan Market, a cornerstone of the town's shopping and dining experience, provides a taste of the local cuisine and a chance to purchase fresh, locally-sourced produce. The market is also a place where the community comes together, reflecting the town's friendly and welcoming atmosphere.

For history enthusiasts, Wigan's rich past can be further explored through its many historic buildings and landmarks, including the impressive Wigan Parish Church and the medieval Mab's Cross. The town's museums offer deeper insights into its diverse history, from its Roman roots to its role in the Civil War and its industrial achievements.

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