Wigan Athletic on Saturday 2nd November 2019 at 12:30
Distance from the Liberty Stadium: 191 miles ~ 4 hours 10 minutes.
Address: DW Stadium, Loire Drive, Wigan WN5 0UZ
Telephone: 01942 774 000
Web Site: www.wiganlatics.co.uk
What’s the DW Stadium Like
The North Stand behind the goal holds up to 4,800 away fans giving loads of leg room and excellent views of the pitch. To the left is the singing contingent of Wigan fans, aided by a drummer.
In this part of the world, they make the best meat and potato pies, other pies and hot dogs are on sale.
For those who like a drink, Heineken, John Smiths, Strongbow and wine are available.
Wigan is half way between Liverpool and Manchester, so you could visit either of these or see more of Wigan itself.
The Leeds to Liverpool Canal is the longest canal of its type and connects most of Wigan’s attractions such as Haigh Hall, the town centre, Wigan Pier, Pennington Flash. The tow paths are good for walking, cycling and seeing Wigan’s heritage.
With no trains prior to kick-off from Swansea, you could well need an overnight stay and there are plenty of hotels to choose from.
Another nearby hotel is the Premier Inn Wigan Town Centre, which is just 2 miles away from the DW Stadium.
What’s on in Wigan
A guided evening tour of the Wigan Brewhouse (WN1 1JU) is available for £13.50 and includes a beer on arrival and sandwiches or pizza. Tours run from Monday to Saturday, subject to a minimum of 15 people and booking is needed.
Haigh Hall and Country Park (WN1 1N) is a Georgian Hall in 250 acres of woodlands. It has country trails, a 15-inch gauge railway, a model village, crazy golf, high ropes, walled gardens, and stables centre with a café, information centre and craft gallery.
Museum of Wigan Life (WN1 1NU), was used by George Orwell when researching ‘The Road to Wigan Pier’. The Museum recounts Roman settlements, Civil War battles, industrial heritage and local social history.
Hoping to re-open in late 2019, the Trencherfield Mill Engine (WN1 1BA) at 2,500 horse power is thought to be the world’s largest working mill steam engine. It’s regularly steamed and is free for visitors.
Pubs and Grub in Wigan
The stadium has a large marquee bar for away fans, which serves food and drink, with screens showing Sky.
The traditional pub for away fans is the Red Robin (WN5 0UJ), opposite the cinema complex, 0.2 miles away.
The Douglas Bank (WN6 7NF) serves cheap beer and 0.5 miles away.
The town centre has a Wetherspoons, The Moon Under Water (WN1 1PE) and is 1.2 miles away.
The Anvil (WN1 1HE), is near the bus station and 1.2 miles away. It has six hand pulls plus Fosters, Stella & Carling, Hydes Black, All Gates’ Mild, Guinness, Strongbow and Gwynt Y Ddraig.
The Berkeley (WN1 1LD) is near the train station at 1.2 miles away and is a fair sized pub having real ales and Sky TV on a huge screen.
There’s a Pizza Hut, Burger King, Frankie & Bennys on the retail park near the ground.
Parking near the DW Stadium
here’s a large car park at the stadium, behind the away end, (£5 cars, £10 minibuses). but expect delays getting out of the car park after the game.
The nearby retail park is only 2 hours parking, over that and you may get a parking ticket.
You can also choose from a small selection of private car parking spaces near the DW Stadium – including on-street parking, off-street car parks and around 6 reservable parking spaces from just £4.00 per day.
Train to Wigan
Wigan’s railway stations – Wigan North Western & Wallgate – are both 1.4 miles and a 20-minute walk to the stadium, but taxis and buses are available.
The 621 bus between the two stations drops off outside the Red Robin pub. The 600 bus is more regular running to Robin Park roundabout, a 10-minute walk to the stadium.
No trains from Swansea get to Wigan North Western before kick-off.
Trains back are at 15:28, 16:30, 17:30, 18:28 and 19:29 getting in at 19:51, 21:10, 21:51, 23:25 and 23:55.
For the Travelling Jacks making the trip – Be Loud, Be Proud and Be Positive!