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Portland Basin Museum

Portland Place | Ashton, Manchester OL7 0QA, England (Manchester City Centre)
44-161-343-2878
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Ranked #20 of 121 attractions in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
Owner description: Portland Basin Museum is housed within the restored nineteenth century Ashton Canal Warehouse in Ashton-under-Lyne. The museum combines a lively... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

While the weather is sunny visit the cafe an sit outside, it is so nice. This is a real hidden gem in ashton right on the canal side. Prices are perfectly reasonable. The gentleman that works here is absolutely lovely, helpful and pleasant. Will be coming here all summer.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Great value as free entry and very nostalgic . Enjoyable trip back down memory lane. Lovely location so you can finish your trip having a walk on the canal path or just have a coffee watching the boats

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Well worth a visit, it should take you around an hour to casual walk through the museum. A lovely location next to the docks in a historical mill with free entry. They have a small street that recreates a back yard and chippy and more which is a lovely idea and is well done.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

The museum is in a warehouse at Portland Basin at the junction of three canals and is free to enter. It is divided into different sections. One is the industrial section with information about the cotton and coal industries with various types of machines, and details of hat and glove making, Jones sewing machines etc. Another section has details of... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

great little place for a mid-week stroll i say mid-week so the kids are at school as its not a huge place and my friend is bad on her feet but we had a pleasant stroll around and even tried a bite to eat and sat outside and watched the boats go by , the food and coffee was good... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

It has recently been updated and made more child friendly. However there is a male member of staff who follows you around the paved street area and makes you feel very uncomfortable. A bit overzealous but it wont put us off visiting again.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Portland Basin is an excellent free museum, easily located and well signposted by brown boat signs. The entrance to the museum is wide and spacious and leads into a 1900's street an old house, school, chippie, shops, pub etc. The attending staff are delightful people, helpful and friendly. Outside there is a large marina with boats bridges and ducks .... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

We brought our American relatives here and they loved it. And so did we. So much to read about regarding local history and the kids really enjoyed looking the old shops and trying on the hats. And if its nice a lovely walk along the canal.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Portland Basin is a lovely, quite small museum that is very enjoyable for all the family. It is free to enter and the things on show are very interesting to look at and read about. Some of the sections of the museum are interactive eg. There is old fashioned dressing up clothes, dressing up clothes like doctors, a grocery with... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This museum is hidden away behind some industrial buildings. A great place to visit on a cloudy afternoon. Plenty for young children to look at and the 'nuts and bolts' play area is also good. Would be better if there was an actual canal boat to look round! Probably wouldn't visit regularly due to the nature of the museum not... More

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