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Wigan town guide

Wigan is an industrial town in Lancashire, well known to most people from the George Orwell book "The Road to Wigan Pier". The Leeds-Liverpool Canal reached Wigan in the 18th. Century and linked many Lancashire towns together for the transport of coal and cotton. Wigan Pier was named after the wharf on the canal. Today this area is a fascinating attraction with a super museum featuring an old schoolroom where you can take part in an authentic Victorian lesson as one of the pupils, canal boat rides and a working spinning mill.

Wigan and District Mining and Technical College was world renowned in the mining industry, although coal is no longer mined in the area.

Nearby Haigh Hall is the former house of the Earls of Crawford, now open to the public with miniature train rides, a model boating lake, as well as magnificent parkland and more formal gardens.

Wigan has long been famous for it's rugby league team which now has a new ground in the JJB Stadium.

Renting a car in Wigan will allow you to visit the nearby attractions of the Lake District, Rivington Pike or even Southport. Manchester and Liverpool are both within 30 miles by car.

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