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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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Highly recommended

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 24, 2015
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North Yorks
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28 reviews 28 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW 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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Manchester
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Nice building with lots of rooms to explore and dressing up. Free to enter and OK to bring a picnic. Cafe is very nice but overpriced in my opinion. On a nice day outside area is good and there are barge trips.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Ok visit took little girl to the frozen exhibition very very poor frozen dresses not even like the film pathetic olaf amd a scary sven. Was adveristed as a good exhibition but not x staff were rude x

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Ashton-under-Lyne, England, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Great day out for all ages,lovely canal walk,great museum and a superb cafe to top it all off! Lovely to sit outside in the good weather and watch the world go by.

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Torrevieja, Spain
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

If you like canals then this is the place for you. Located on the Huddersfield canal at Portland Basin, there is lots to see and a small cafe for a drink and a snack

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
28 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

Interesting history displays are displayed in this museum, of old english life, how they used to live with displays of rooms of old houses, and classrooms and transport etc. Outside the back there is the canal, with boat rides available.

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Failsworth, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

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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5 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
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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