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Things to do in Wigan, Greater Manchester

Wigan is Lancashire's oldest town - of Celtic and Roman origin, Wigan stands on high ground above the River Douglas. During the late 1800's Wigan had over 1,000 pit shafts within 5 miles of the town centre. In the 20th century the joint reign of King's Coal and Cotton ended and Wigan's industrial base has since diversified and includes the massive Heinz factory, producing much of the UK's canned food and sauces.

Today the attractive town centre will surprise you, a lively blend of mock Tudor shop fronts, department stores and elegant arcades. Just a few yards away are the graceful parish church and The Galleries - an award-winning shopping and market complex.

Wigan Pier is situated on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, a household name thanks to the two Georges, Formby and Orwell. The Pier has been revitalised so successfully that it is now ranked among Britain's most exciting attractions. The many fascinating features of this multi-purpose heritage and leisure centre include Trencherfield Mill Engine the world's largest working mill engine and The Way We Were, an exhibition which recreates life in 1900.

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