If you need convenient access around the North West, Wigan will be high up on the list as a base for your new home. For city life, it's halfway between Manchester and Liverpool. For a place in the North West, it's in Lancashire, is also seen as part of Greater Manchester and it's close neighbour is Merseyside. For transport and commuter routes, it's got the M6 and the M58 on the doorstep.
Manchester and Liverpool may have the lion's share when it comes to shopping but Wigan holds its own, with a multi-million pound shopping centre development, the Grand Arcade. There are great plans for the historic Wigan Pier Quarter on the famous Leeds Liverpool Canal too. This is a home town in a great location, with a vision for the future that will be sure to offer something for everyone.
That famous catch-phrase certainly applies to Wigan as it's so central to the North West region. Liverpool and Manchester are 22 miles away, Warrington is 16 miles to the south, Bolton is 11 miles to the northwest and Preston is 18 miles to the north. The M6 takes you down to Birmingham in a couple of hours or in an hour and a half on the West Coast mainline from Wigan North Western station. Services from Wigan Wallgate station link with Liverpool and the Merseyrail network, as well as with Southport and Kirkby. Both stations are in the town centre.
Town and borough
Wigan has its sights set on an exciting new retail, leisure, commercial and residential redevelopment for the town centre. The wider borough of Wigan - the second largest in the Greater Manchester area - has facilities and amenities to cover all aspects of day-to-day living, leisure and entertainment, education and healthcare. As well as the parks and green spaces in town, there are three country parks a short distance away; Pennington Flash Country Park, Haigh Woodland Park and Beacon Country Park.
Out and about
Head north to the Rivington Reservoir and Rivington Pike, part of the West Pennine Moors, for a great viewpoint over the North West. Head to the coast between Liverpool and Southport for sandy beaches, pine woods and dunes. Head into Manchester or Liverpool for their famous shopping venues, culture and nightlife.