Tall Georgian houses lining its streets, an attractive memorial fountain gracing the old market place and an elegant Georgian church all suggest that Wigton was a market town of some importance in days gone by, with its jumble of streets, narrow lanes and alleyways somehow earning it the nickname ‘The Throstle's Nest'.
While some well-known literary figures have passed through the town, notably Charles Dickens in 1857, one notable writer and broadcaster was actually born here; Melvin Bragg later honoured as Lord Bragg of Wigton.
About the area
History & heritage
Just south of Wigton the Romans built a major fort - Olenacum or Maglona (commonly known as Old Carlisle) that played a key role in defending the Roman supply network.
history & heritage
Art & culture
Art and culture for you to enjoy within 10 miles of Wigton.
Wigton has it's own nature reserve: Watchtree. Watchtree is a haven for wildlife and has well surfaced footpaths and cycle tracks.
From local markets to Wigton's village festivals, why not see what events are available in & nearby Wigton.