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Portland Basin Museum

Portland Place | Ashton, Manchester OL7 0QA, England
+44 161 343 2878
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Ranked #17 of 80 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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athens
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

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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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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manchester
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7 reviews 7 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Every time we go children love it. We go two to three times a year. They enjoy activities and hunting games.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

The museum is small but very interesting and enjoyable and worth a visit. There is also a cafe with a nice selection of food. It has an outdoor seating area with a pleasant outlook.

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Rainham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

This was a very pleasant museum, full of little shops set back in time showing how things would have been, a school room, a chapel etc. downstairs was access to the canal with barges to look at and a tea room. Also included was a history of industry. Very informative and enjoyable for a lovely afternoon out.

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Stockport
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

this museum is a long side of the Bridgwater canal it holds various exhibitions of days past the cotton mills the coal mines and displays of towns this is a excellent place to go for a nice afternoon look around near the centre of Ashton underline town

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Dukinfield, Cheshire England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

My daughter went here on a school trip and chose this place for us as a family to visit during the school holidays. Despite all the years this place had been open and it being less than 2 miles from home I had never been;I just assumed it was a museum about canals. How wrong I was!. The exhibits from... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

What a fantastic place to visit .went yesterday with our grandson,who was on a visit during the school holidays.Was born in Manchester and lived here all my life and never knew this fantastic museum existed. Free of. Charge to go in, spotlessly .clean brilliant staff very helpful and informative.so interesting with lots to see. A lovely little cafe.was situated inside... More 

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