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Large Northern town with a rich history and plenty of things to see and do

Are you looking for things to do in Wigan? We've got plenty of great ideas for you across the town.

Known for...   Wigan Pier


Did you know...

  • Famous Wigan food products include Heinz baked beans, Pataks Indian foods, Potters herbal remedies, Uncle Joe's Mint Balls, and De Roma ice cream.
  • Marks and Spencer was born in Wigan when Michael Marks joined forces with Thomas Spencer in 1894. For three years the town was the firm's headquarters.
  • Wigan Pier, once a musical hall joke, has been restored as one of the UK's top heritage attractions, winning 15 national tourism awards for its portrait of local life at the turn of the century.



 

  Attractions

Trencherfield Mill Steam Engine

Built over 100 years ago, one of the largest and finest working examples of its type.
Wigan Pier Quarter
Heritage Way
Wigan
WN3 4EF

Recommended by Kevin Farrow, Preston

 

Wigan Roller Rink

The North West's premier indoor skating venue.
Eckersley Mill
Swan Meadow Road
WN3 5BD

01942375675

Recommended by Robert Holloway, Wigan

 

Kittywake Canal Cruises

Departs from Wigan Pier.
39 Henry Park Street
Ince
WN1 3DA

01942836885

 

Formula One Experience

Let your motoring dreams become reality by experiencing this great chance to drive a Grand Prix Formula One racing car.
Three Sisters Race Circuit
Bryn Road
Wigan
WN4 8DD

 
 

  Children's Activities

Kids Ferrari Driving Experience

Would your kids love a Ferrari driving thrill? For 12 to 16 year olds only, parents can watch from the side lines.
Three Sisters Race Circuit
Wigan
Lancashire
WN4 8DD

 
 

  Museums

Museum Of Wigan Life FREE

Museum about local life in Wigan, Leigh and across the borough.
Library Street
Wigan
WN1 1NU

 
 

  Parks

Mesnes Park FREE

A beautiful jewel at the edge of Wigan town centre, Mesnes Park is well worth a visit after its £6 m restoration programme.
Mesnes Park Terrace
Wigan
WN1 1TU

 

Haigh Country Park FREE

250 acres of extensive park and woodland, with magnificent views across the Douglas Valley towards the Welsh Hills.
Haigh
Wigan
WN2 1PE

01942832895

 

Borsdane Wood FREE

Surrounded by birdsong and enveloped in woodland perfumes, it’s the perfect place to relax and get away from it all.
Hindley Mill Lane
Wigan
Greater Manchester
WN2 4BT

 

Haigh Hall And Country Park FREE

A great destination for walks through stunning parkland and woods or treating yourself to the finest cuisine.
Copperas Lane
Haigh
Wigan
WN2 1PE

 

Pennington Flash Country Park FREE

Pennington Flash is a great day out for families and one of the best bird watching sites in the North West.
Off St Helens Road
Leigh
Greater Manchester
WN7 3PA

 

Jubilee Park FREE

Facilities include tennis & basket ball courts, a pavilion, toilets, grass pitches, play areas, formal flower park, woodland areas.
Wigan Road
Ashton in Makerfield
WN4 9BH

 

Alexandra Park FREE

Alexandra Park is a much loved local community recreation area for dog walking or just relaxing on the park benches.
Warrington Road
Newton
Wigan
WN5 9BN

 

Orrell Water Park FREE

A rich network of tracks and paths around two former reservoirs, with enough walks to keep fit and healthy for you and your dogs.
Lodge Road, Orrell
Wigan
Lancashire
WN5 7AT

 

Pennington Hall Park FREE

A pretty community park with a band stand, play areas, bowling greens and tennis courts.
St Helens Road
Leigh
WN7 3RU

 

Three Sisters Recreation Area FREE

A place where people can enjoy long woodland walks past ponds and three old slag heaps, hence the name.
Three Sisters Road, Bryn
Ashton-in-Makerfield
Wigan
WN4 8DD

 
 

  Galleries

Drumcroon Art Gallery

Popular art gallery.
2 Parson's Walk
Wigan
WN1 1RS

01942321840

 
 

  Bowling

AMF Ten Pin Bowling

Ten-pin bowling centre.
Wallgate
Wigan
WN3 4EA

08448263038

 
 

  Cinema

Empire Wigan

Multi-Screen Cinema.
4 Anjou Boulevard
Wigan
WN5 0UL

08714714714

 

Cineworld Leigh

Multi-screen cinema.
The Loom
Spinning Jenny Way
Leigh
WN7 4PE

03303334444

 
 

  Theatre

Wigan Little Theatre

Contemporary and traditional theatre.
44 Crompton Street
Town Centre
WN1 3SL

01942242561

 
 

  Comedy

Frog And Bucket

Popular comedy club.
The Orwell
4 Wallgate
WN3 4EU

01612369805

 
 

  Golf

Dean Wood Golf Club

Golf Club.
Lafford Lane
Upholland
Lancashire
WN8 0QZ

 
 

  Leisure centres

Robin Park Arena, Sports And Tennis Centre

Wide range of indoor and outdoor sports activities.
Long Drive
Pemberton
WN5 0UH

01942828550

 

DW Fitness

Health and fitness club.
Stadium Way
Wigan
WN5 0UH

01942225055

 

Ladybird Fitness

Ladies only gym and fitness centre.
55 Albert Street
Wigan
WN5 0TR

01942231010

 

Total Fitness

Health and fitness centre.
Warrington Road
Goose Green
WN3 6XD

01942326800

 
 

  Karting

Elite Karting

Premier indoor karting centre.
Chapel Lane
Wigan
WN1 1DU

01942829697

 
 

  Sport

Three Sisters Race Circuit

Premier outdoor racing centre.
Three Sisters Road
Wigan
WN4 8DD

Recommended by Bob Saunders, Lancaster

 

Haydock Park

Racecourse and open air concert venue.
Lodge Lane
Newton-le-Willows
WA12 0HQ

01942725963

 
 

  Riding

Abram Hall Riding Club

Lessons available for all ages and abilities.
Warrington Road
Abram
WN2 5XA

01942707021

 

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