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Portland Basin Museum

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Address: Portland Place | Ashton, Manchester OL7 0QA, England
Phone Number: +44 161 343 2878
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Description: 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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Great place to take kids

This museum is so much more than you could ever imagine it to be at first sight. It is packed full of so many different enjoyable things to keep children and adults engaged, you... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 1, 2015
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7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015 NEW

This museum is so much more than you could ever imagine it to be at first sight. It is packed full of so many different enjoyable things to keep children and adults engaged, you probably wont ever realise how educational it actually is. On entering the museum you come across the old-fashioned high street including a school room, a house,... More 

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Rhyl, Wales, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Visited Portland Basin Museum as part of a coach trip, which also included the markets at Ashton Under Lyne. Ideal for adults and children. Includes a street with makeshift shops of the era when canal travel was at its height in the 19th century. Also a replica of a working area with original weaving machines. Hands on experiences for children.... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

This museum far exceeded my expectations. From stepping through the entrance door to exiting at the back and taking a canal boat ride, which I recommend (£4 for adults), everything was interesting. Labels are clear. On the lower ground floor there is an amazing children's play area. Carers would be able to watch children and view exhibits. There is also... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

A lovely trip back in time. Lots to see and even more to learn - very,very interesting for all, young and old.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We have been here a few times before and its always enough when u need something to do that doesnt take too long! The cafe was open today, affordable prices. The museum is great considering its free to enter

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Visited Portland Basin on Easter Sunday 2015. Free admission & parking. Small museum spread over two floors. Interesting exhibits and information about the area of Tameside from the Bronze Age to modern day. A mock up of a Victorian style street takes up the ground floor and shows an insight into the social life of that period. The lower level... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Although not a massive museum, there are two floors of displays about Ashton past, and the layout is such that young children can dart about fairly safely. It could do with a few more interactive elements though. But if you're looking for somewhere to go on a rainy day, then you can easily pass a couple of hours here, and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

I hadn't heard of this place until Easter 2015 even though it is only 7 miles from my home. I searched the internet for somewhere to go on a damp Good Friday. We went as a family of 3 generations. There was something for everyone to enjoy.

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

This museum is free to enter and has a section re local industry and another with houses and shops set out as they were around the time of the last war. It was really interesting. There Is a Lovely cafe with good food at reasonable prices. It is on two levels with a lift and disabled toilet.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 via mobile

I came across this museum on the Day Out with the Kids website and I'm so pleased I did. I thought the displays were fantastic and educational in a fun way. You feel like you've gone back in time. The place was tidy, welcoming and well presented. I visited with my 2 year old and my parents and we all... More 

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