New 144-bedroom Hilton hotel to open in Wigan as part of town’s £135m redevelopment

It's being called "one of the most important elements" of the Galleries masterplan.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 15th March 2024

A new hotel with 144 bedrooms is set to open in Wigan as part of the town’s £135 million redevelopment project.

Officially announced this week by Wigan Council, in collaboration with its development partner Cityheart, the franchise agreement with world-renowned hotel brand, Hilton, will see a stunning six-storey Hampton by Hilton hotel pop up right in the heart of Wigan town centre, located just off Market Street.

Designed by JM Architects, and managed and operated by Leaf Hospitality, the new venture forms part of the Greater Manchester town’s £135 million redevelopment of the former Galleries Shopping Centre – which was approved last summer.

The hotel will be located directly-opposite the bus station entrance of New Market Street, and is within 500 yards of both town centre train stations.

It’s being called “one of the most important elements” of the Galleries masterplan.

The Galleries Redevelopment
Artist impression images of the £135m Wigan Galleries redevelopment project / Credit: Cityheart

As well as the 144 bedrooms – with ‘accessible’ rooms to be built on each accommodation level – the new hotel will also house a gym overlooking the new square, a main reception area and dining space on the ground floor, and secure parking will be available for guests.

More than 60 staff are expected to be employed at the new hotel – which the Council says will provide a range of job opportunities for local residents.


Councillor David Molyneux MBE, who is the Leader of Wigan Council, says the new hotel is an “exciting chapter” for Wigan’s future.

“It’s really exciting to welcome Hilton to this multi-million-pound redevelopment,” he commented as the plans were announced this week. “This well-known and prestigious brand coming to Wigan demonstrates the confidence that investors, businesses, and partners have… in our town centre.”

Graham Dodd, who is the Managing Director of Development at Hilton UK & Ireland, added: “Our partnership with Wigan Council marks an exciting new chapter, as part of Hilton’s growing presence in the North West. We were impressed by the Council and Cityheart’s vision to provide a thriving new retail, leisure, commercial and residential destination, and are excited to be part of Wigan’s transformation.


“We look forward to welcoming guests to Hampton by Hilton and showcasing the town’s great potential to our global network.”

Wigan Council says “significant progress” is currently being made in preparing the cleared site for delivery of phase one of the Galleries redevelopment in the town centre – which includes this new Hampton by Hilton hotel, as well as new market hall and food court.

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This initial phase will be closely followed with the construction of the Pavilion building and the MMC, all before 464 homes across seven new residential buildings are built, alongside a retirement living complex too.

Find out more about the Wigan Galleries £135 million redevelopment project here.

Featured Image – Cityheart / Wigan Council