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With a proud sporting history and an attractive town centre, Wigan is a pleasant base for your travels in the north west of England. Booking car hire in Wigan makes it easy to get around the local area, as well as see the nearby attractions, of which there are many.
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The town of Wigan is in Greater Manchester, in England's varied and fascinating north west. A gateway to the big cities of the region, visitors can drive to either Manchester or Liverpool in less than 45 minutes from Wigan.
There's much to see in Wigan itself, so linger a little longer before you journey to the shops, museums and eateries of the cities. The town is crammed with historical treasures from across the ages, though its most notable artefacts come courtesy of Wigan's industrial past - it was known for both its mills and its many coal mines.
There are many routes via which you can delve into the heritage of Wigan. The Museum of Wigan Life is worth a look and is suitable for visitors of all ages. You could also head to Wigan Pier, on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, to see the Trencherfield Mill Engine - rumoured to be the largest working mill steam engine in the world.
While you are at Wigan Pier, clamber aboard one of the pleasure cruisers that offer scenic looks at the canal and the countryside around Wigan.
On the outskirts of town, and reached in around 10 minutes by road, is the glorious stately home of Haigh Hall, which sits on the edge of a country park. The grand home is open for visitors from Monday to Friday. Afternoon Tea, taken to the relaxed sounds of the piano and amid the Georgian splendour, is a particular delight.
Shopping is a much-loved pursuit in these parts. Check out the town centre stores in Standishgate, where black and white Tudor buildings clamour for attention, or take a tour of Market Street. There are plenty of great cafés and restaurants in Wigan too, as well as a lively nightlife scene.
Sports fans are spoilt for choice in Wigan, though you only need to find one destination: the DW Stadium. The venue is home to both Wigan Athletic Football Club, who won the coveted FA Cup in 2013, and Rugby League side Wigan Warriors - proclaimed as the best club in the world. Find out what's on and book tickets to see the action.
Collecting your rental car in Wigan is easy as you can pick up your vehicle at a convenient downtown location. For the best deals on car hire book in advance, using the search tool on TravelSupermarket to compare prices from a wide range of rental providers.
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