The town of Wigan is situated on the Leeds-Liverpool Canal and has a long industrial history. Once a major coal mining location, it was also known as a mill town, with a great number of textile mills once having operated in the area.
Wigan was immortalised in the George Orwell novel "The Road To Wigan Pier", but the town has changed substantially since then. Today, many of Wigan's former industrial and canalside areas have been redeveloped and modernised, changing the face of the town.
Attractions in the area include canal cruises, Haigh Hall, a country house, and Pennington Flash, a large lake. Van hire is available in the town from local companies, too, offering a range of rental vans: