The town of Wigan, just outside of Manchester, is served by two railway stations that sit just over 100 metres apart, Wigan Wallgate and Wigan North Western. Wigan Wallgate is the largest and is part of the West Coast Main Line served by Virgin Trains to Preston, Lancaster, Manchester and Glasgow. A small number of services running between London Euston and Edinburgh each day stops at Wigan Wallgate. The second station, North Western, is operated by Northern Rail, who provides the local services between Manchester Picadilly, Manchester Airport, Southport and Staylbridge. If you are driving to either of the Wigan stations you have the choice of over 500 parking spaces divided between the station car parks. As both stations lie at the heart of central Wigan public transport in the form of regular bus services operate to the surrounding areas.
Despite its close proximity to the central shopping areas of Manchester, Wigan remains most famous as the titular location of the George Orwell book The Road to Wigan Pier. Although you will find Wigan in a location inland from the north west coast of England, Wigan pier is in fact an important visitor attraction on the Leeds to Liverpool Canal. Within this Greater Manchester town you will find a large shopping centre and many retail parks. If you are a sports fan, the options of matches in Wigan are numerous and include football and rugby league. Both of these sports are played at the DW Stadium, which lies a few miles outside the town itself and can be accessed by public transport from the station. Every visitor should explore the Wigan Pier Quarter, which houses a number of museums detailing life in the late 19th and early 20th century, where you will follow in the footsteps of George Orwell who researched his famous novel in the Museum of Wigan Life.