Wigton Tourist Information

Wigton fountain

Wigton St. Mary's

Wigton tower

Wigton stands at the heart of Cumbria's Solway Plain mid-way between Carlisle, the historic regional capital of the region, and the towns and villages scattered along the wild Solway Coast.
Wigton is a particularly well placed location from where to begin exploration of the many walking and cycling opportunities available along uncluttered paths, tracks and bridleways which criss-cross the surrounding area and the nearby Caldbeck Fells and Hadrians Wall Country.
Around 10 miles to the west, the Solway Coast opens on to the Solway Firth and views beyond to the Scottish mainland. Here, on a stretch of coastline designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a diversity of bird life and flora thrive side by side together with regular sightings of dolphins and seals. To the south, and within sight, stand the grandeur of the fells and lakes of the Lake District National Park.

Wigton's history can be traced back to the 12th C with records of Roman Occupation, cross border raids, Chartist Riots, bear baiting and cock fighting. The present day Wigton has a variety of shops, stores, pubs, cafés and restaurants providing traditional and local fare plus a choice of holiday accommodation at prices to suit all pockets both in the town and within a few miles radius.

How to get there:

By rail:
Wigton train station is located about three miles from the centre of Wigton.
Depending on which direction you travel from, you may be required to change at Wigan, Manchester or Carlisle stations.
The journey takes 5 hours from London, Euston.

By road:
From the South, exit at J41 of the M6 motorway, and take the B5305 for Wigton.
From the North and East, take the A595 from Carlisle, and then the A596 for Wigton.

Attractions in Wigton

The George Moore Memorial Fountain
This occupies centre stage, standing in what was the original open-air market place. It was erected by Moore as a Memorial to his wife and has additional bronze-work by the sculptor Thomas Woolmer.

St Mary's Church
The present day Saint Marys Church was built in 1788 replacing the centuries old church structure which had fallen in to a state of disrepair. Some of the old stone was used in the construction of other buildings in the town.

Ewe Close Rare Breed Farm, Arkleby
A real working farm and dairy overlooking the beautiful Solway Coast. Come and try your hand at goat milking and animal feeding. Shetland pony rides, tractor and trailer tours of the farm, indoor activities, refreshments. Open Sundays, April to October, 11am - 5.30pm.


Food and Drink in Wigton

Bryces Chippy - 17 High Street Wigton. Open Monday-Friday 11.15am-1.30pm. and 4pm-8pm. Saturday 11am-8pm. Mobile chip van calling at Kirkbampton Village Hall from 4pm-7.30pm.on Wednesdays and Grinsdale Village Hall from 4.30pm-8pm on Fridays. Party catering when we will come and fry food at your party. Visit our website www.bryceschippy.co.uk


Transportation in Wigton

Messenger Coaches
Wide range of luxury coaches for private hire.
Weddings, Hen Nights, Stag Nights, Sports Events, School Outings and European Tours.
Phone: 016973 71111

Thomason Travel
First Class Taxi Service 24/7 availability. Fixed price to all destinations, block booking available, school runs, shopping trips, airport transfers. For reliable efficient service call 016973 44116 or 07957696248 in car mobile.


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