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Portland Basin Museum

Portland Place | Ashton, Manchester OL7 0QA, England
44-161-343-2878
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Ranked #19 of 126 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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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

Live quite near this area ,and is a very nice place to walk the dog and talk in scenery ,with some war time history

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Oldham, Lancashire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

The PBM is well worth a visit for anyone going to AuL for a bit of shopping and culture. A bit off the main town centre (or reached via the canal towpath from the Etihad as was my last visit) it is a real little gem at the end of a walk or somewhere to sit and have a coffee... More

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ashton-under-lyne, manchester
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I loved it as much as the kids lol, been a few times its very educational and fun, you can buy snacks and drinks and even dress up in some old clothing lol.

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Bury, Lancashire
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74 reviews 74 reviews
24 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

A little bit of Manchester's history here and, therefore, well worth a visit. Take the time to read up on it.

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Bolton, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We are a family with boys aged 4 and 6 and they loved this museum. It was the first time we'd been and we will definitely be going again. There were free activities on for the children which were brilliant for the children. The toilet facilities were very good and well maintained. Can highly recommend.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Impressive! Have been here many times before but the exhibits are forever changing. Currently has exhibits relating to the First World War. Very moving. Well worth a visit.

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3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Took 5&4 yr olds, not expecting too much but were overwhelmed by the amount if stuff to see and do. Normally take picnics but this was last minute and went to cafe- £22 fed 4 of us 'proper' food and a drink each, and although we were warned that we may wait a while due to staff shortages, we got... More

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Hyde, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

I have visited this museum many, many times over the years. It was always a favourite with me and my mum. Unfortunately, I visited last week and was disappointed by the lack of exhibits. There used to be a vast interesting gallery about local industries, this seems to have dwindled. Some of the exhibits used to have recorded narration, only... More

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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117 reviews 117 reviews
64 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

This is a gem of a museum situated by the banks of a canal, tucked away down cobbled streets in an urban area off a main road between Ashton and Stalybridge. It has 2 floors and a small gift shop and café. There is a replica street scene which is very well done - circa 1914 - with a mock... More

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Scotland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

I loved the interpretation of rural and industrial Ashton at this lovely museum. It was great to listen to and watch how the children and young adults were interacting with the exhibits. Particularly liked the re- creations of the chippy, pub and church and the displays of clogs, hat and gloves manufacturing. The meal and afternoon tea we had at... More

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