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Portland Basin Museum

Address: Portland Place | Ashton, Manchester OL7 0QA, England
Phone Number: +44 161 343 2878
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Ranked #15 of 98 Attractions in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Museums
Owner description: Portland Basin Museum is housed within the restored nineteenth century Ashton Canal Warehouse in...
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Type: History Museums, 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 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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Failsworth, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 NEW via mobile

I have been here a few times and I always find it really interesting! It's a little bit hidden but when you are inside you feel like you're back in time on the old Victorian street that is set up! It's also interesting to see the narrow boats outside! I have been with two children aswell and the loved it... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015 NEW

I started my life in Ashton. I've been away a long time and was absolutely delighted with the museum as it reminded me so much of my child hood. The rooms set up to reflect life in the 1914-18 war were like many of the rooms older people had in the 1960s! Weird. The best bit for me was finding... More 

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Manchester
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

A free attraction. We visited with our children (9 and 2) on a Saturday afternoon. The kids loved the exhibits, dressing up and pretending to be a school, shop etc. The old fashioned street caught the little ones imagination and the stories of wars and weapons in displayed pleased the older boy! There's a play area with books arts and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Absolutely brilliant!!!, it's free lots to see, i'm local, & remember a lot of what's displayed. Very informative. School trips are welcome. When you've finished, visit the cafe down stairs. I took my cousins mother, she loved it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

The kids love it here, great place to go for a cheap day out as it free to get in. The cafe is lovely and the little shop too, everything is reasonably price.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

Took the two kids 7 and 2 my son was in his element of how things used to be in the oldy days and couldn't belive that there was no tesco and computers and you had to shop at different shops for food my little girl loved dressing up in the kids area they watched a film on canals and... More 

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athens
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

A great place to learn about our history with interesting exhibits and a lovely setting by the canal.

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We visit regularly with our 5 children ages 7, 6, 4, 2 and 1. The upstairs Victorian street is always fun to explore. Downstairs there are lots of things to look at and learn and a nice play area. My only negative is that often the doors downstairs are wide open on to the canal and I don't think there... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I love it here my 2 year old loves it too and so does my 8 year old nephew ... It's only small but full of interesting things and fun for all ages Definitely a must and it's FREE

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We tried to pass on some very old items of interest (original hoover vacuum cleaner - over 50 years old and still working) that belonged to my elderly Aunt who was moving into residential care thinking they would be of help with the displays. They weren't interested - that's the last time we help !

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