Wigan Activities & Things To Do
Wigan is a sensationally historic town in Greater Manchester, and as the most populated community in the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan is also distinguished as its administrative centre; the area boasts a lavish and dramatic history, having been the territory of the ancient and formidable Celtic Brigantes tribe that once ruled the North of England. Upon forcing the Brigantes to subjugate to Rome in the first century A.D., the Romans established a settlement where the town of Wigan now lies, although it was not formally named as a borough until a proclamation was issued in a charter by King Henry III in 1246. With its rich and incredible history coupled with a gorgeous location on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and the amazing Wigan Wharf made famous by the author George Orwell, the town offers a variety of inspiring and entertaining attractions with activities to please every member of the family.
Getting to Wigan
Getting to Wigan is a simple affair; located only 25 miles from the Manchester International Airport, the area is also easily accessible by a variety of trains that run in and out of both Wigan North Western Station and Wigan Wallgate Station. When traveling by road, the M6 runs straight through the town and the M61 is also close by; taking the bus is also quick and easy with a variety of convenient bus schedules available to take you in and out of the area.
When to Go
While many of the best attractions in the area are undoubtedly more outdoor-related and best experienced in summer, from outdoor pursuits such as karting, golfing and strolling through the gardens of the Haigh Hall gardens, if you should plan a winter trip there are a variety of activities to immerse yourself in, from the fantastic Wigan Little Theatre to fantastic AMF Bowling and the Astley Green Colliery Museum.
Top Sights and Activities
Wigan is a fantastic location with a wide range of activities available to visitors; the fantastic Museum of Wigan Life takes history lovers back to the days when the town was the Roman settlement known as Cocchium and offers a variety of fascinating and educational exhibits from the very beginning of the establishment up to the present day. For those who love sports, there are a variety of opportunities to take in an enthralling football match; the town’s football team spent an amazing eight seasons in the Premier League and offers up exciting and action-packed matches. The town is also firmly established as a Rugby League town (Wigan Warriors) and their Club has won the cup more than any other team in England; with a proud and accomplished history in sports, Wigan offers more than enough to satisfy any sports fan.
From the historic country park of Haigh Hall which is owned and operated by the local council and which boasts some of the best golf facilities in the UK, to the Three Sisters Racing Circuit which offers up amazing fun for the kids in the form of motorbike and karting events and even the Wigan Roller Rink, the town is an active and engaging tourist hub.
Wigan is an educational and absorbing area offering myriad attractions to keep any visitor busy; from some of the most fascinating history in England to championship sports teams and a variety of exciting sporting activities, the area is both fun and welcoming; a fabulous trip at any time of year!