Car hire in Wigan
Car hire in Wigan
Located close to the city of Manchester and alongside the River Douglas, Wigan is a great location if you want stunning views, plenty of history and all the conveniences of a bustling locale. Although the English town is on the small side, it is packed full of historical landmarks from the Roman and Medieval eras, which can be explored with ease if you hire a car.
What I need to know
You can choose from several car hire companies in and around Wigan, ensuring you get a great deal. Booking your hire car through our site means you can compare the offerings from all hire car companies in Wigan. We'll show you all the available vehicles and you'll benefit from free cancellation if your plans change.
Where to pick up my car
Our site will show you a map view of all the car hire companies in Wigan so you can see which offers the most convenient pick-up location for you. This means you can collect your car quickly and make the most of your time in Wigan, allowing you to see all that it has on offer.
“The pick-up was easy, it took 5 minutes from arriving at the desk to driving out the car, and the return took even less time.”
Where to go
As soon as you have your hire car, Wigan is yours to start exploring. Take a tranquil stroll through the Fairy Glen, watch a football match at DW Stadium or learn about the area by checking out the fascinating exhibits at the Museum of Wigan Life. No matter the weather, there are plenty of places to visit.
Around half an hour away from the centre of Wigan via the M6 is Warrington, which is a great place to go for a day out. You can take your family to Gulliver's World for rides, shows and lots of opportunities for fun. Alternatively, go to Warrington Museum and Art Gallery, which dates back to 1857 and has over 200,000 artefacts all displayed in beautiful and original Victorian glass.
While Manchester may be close to Wigan, the town is also within an hour of the fantastic city of Leeds. Take the M62 and you can enjoy all that Leeds has to offer, including a mix of historical attractions and modern conveniences. Shop in the largest covered market in Europe, enjoy a meal by one of the canals and hunt down some of the ancient and hidden pubs.
Eating and drinking
Being so close to a number of cities means you'll find an interesting mix of food and drink in Wigan. From delicious Indian meals to pub grub and fine restaurants, there's something for all tastes and budget in the town. On top of this, you'll find some great cafes and bars that are ideal for light bites.
Things to do
Take a break from the bustling town by taking a walk around Haigh Hall and Country Park. The stunning Georgian hall is surrounded by 250 acres of ancient woodland just waiting to be explored.
You might also want to take a trip to Wigan Pier to visit the Trencherfield Mill Engine. It's thought to be the largest working mill steam engine and is free to see.
You can't really visit Wigan without stopping to take a photo or two at the Face of Wigan. The imposing sculpture is incredibly iconic and fairly central, so you shouldn't have any trouble finding it.
Another great place to visit is the Church of All Saints, which is incredibly beautiful and atmospheric. Close to Wigan Pier, it's the perfect place to stop off after you've enjoyed the area's attractions.
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