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Portland Basin Museum

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Address: Heritage Centre Portland Place, Ashton-under-Lyne OL7 0QA, England
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+44 161 343 2878
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Portland Basin Museum is housed within the restored nineteenth century...

Portland Basin Museum is housed within the restored nineteenth century Ashton Canal Warehouse in Ashton-under-Lyne. The museum combines a lively modern interior with a peaceful canal side setting. It is an exciting family friendly museum, with something for all the family.

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Good little museum

Our grandson loves museums and we visited this museum on Saturday 7th Jan. Well presented and interesting museum showing the history of Tameside from the recreated street to the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Dave W
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Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our grandson loves museums and we visited this museum on Saturday 7th Jan. Well presented and interesting museum showing the history of Tameside from the recreated street to the industrial heritage. All in a canal side setting. Well worth a visit.

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Thank Dave W
Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This little museum is really interesting, it has narrow boat history downstairs, with boats outside in the actual basin, loads of engineering artifacts to look round, hat makers, etc, all really well displayed, with a fabulous play area for children. Upstairs is a brilliant old fashioned street featuring a school house, scullery, living room, pub etc, again there are children's... More 

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Thank pollyandpete
Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Old time blast of the past! Been here since i was little. So nice to take my little ones here now. Lovely piece of history and nice cafe too

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Thank Tammy L
Warrington, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well hidden away in a business park, fairly hard to find. However parking easy and staff really helpful and friendly. Really interesting building and content s. Most definitely worth a visit. It's a hidden gem.

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Thank Louise J
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great place to visit. Local history in Tameside. Kids enjoy it, plenty to look at and in the summer its great to get out on the canal side

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Thank Liz P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

This museum is a hidden gem, full of fascinating Victorian Artifacts and other interesting items, dating from the great canal era. There are canal boat rides, and a great little cafe to round off you visit.

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Thank June L
Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

The museum is a sweet museum to visit including seeing the barges. What I would recommend you do there though is book a day trip on one of the barges. We had such a great time and memorable time

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Thank aellituv
Failsworth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

very interesting place to visit.we learned a lot about the heritage of ashton and distrct.the cafe is good too.snacks,tea & coffee not overpriced.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

Take my neices children every school holidays good craft activities reasonable prices.lots to see and do snacks good prices too and can have a sail on the canal

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Thank sand023
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

What an absolutely fantastic day worth a visit for all ages. Staff were very professional in all they do especially in the class room.

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