Wigan has a proud history of mining, cotton milling and clothing. It once had a viaduct that transported coal onto waiting barges on the canal. While that landmark may have gone, much of the industrialists’ legacy remains including grand Victorian buildings and the railways.

It has two railway stations and is perfectly positioned between Merseyside and Manchester, with easy commuter links. Your new build is close to shops, markets, a canal and a football ground, all within walking distance. 

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Living in Wigan

Shop till you drop

While you may have bought your new house for the excellent schools, the green space or employment opportunities, the good news is, your leisure time can be well spent. Shopping opportunities, range from a weekly shop at the supermarket to a browse around the town’s two large shopping malls. The Grand Arcade and The Galleries both offer many high-street stores and a choice of cafes and eateries. If you'd like more than shopping, you are close to bowling, the cinema, Ninja Warrior and a Roller Rink.

Sports and leisure

Wigan has local leisure centres, swimming pools and sports clubs. You’ll find a variety of fitness, tennis and netball classes at local venues as well as golfing at Pennington and Haigh. 

From your new home, there is a fantastic choice of parks and green spaces to explore. Enjoy the wetland wildlife at Wigan Flashes Nature Reserve or follow the Leeds and Liverpool Canal towpath. A few minutes walk from the town centre is Mesnes Park where you’ll find attractive gardens, a pond, a pavilion and a play area, or make the short drive from your new build to Haigh Woodland Park.

The Little Theatre, a popular and intimate 230-seater venue; the fascinating Museum of Life or head out for dinner and drinks at one of the many restaurants and bars around the town. I

By road, rail and air

The M6 motorway skirts the town to the west, giving easy access to Warrington (14 miles) to the South and Preston (20 miles) to the North. The M58 starts just west of the town and links to Liverpool (22 miles), while the M61 to the East, bypasses Bolton (11 miles) and gives easy access to Yorkshire. 

Your new build house is served by two train stations - Wallgate and North Western, providing regular services to Manchester Airport, Liverpool, Glasgow and London. International air travel is also easily accessible, with Manchester Airport and Liverpool John Lennon Airport both less than 45 minutes away.

New build houses in Wigan

Persimmon Homes has a number of new houses in Greater Manchester including Leigh and Cheadle. To find out more about our new properties in your area, see our list of Persimmon developments below…