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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 #19 of 127 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
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

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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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

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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61 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

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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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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Rainham, null, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

My husband and I took our 7 yr old here and he thought it was great. There is a 100 yr old 'street' with a house (kitchen, lounge and outside loo), fish & chip shop, grocery store, pub church and school. Most you can actually go into. It was all very interesting to see how many changes have occurred over... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 via mobile

Based in Ashton-under-Lyne this is a great day out to see a bit of our heritage. Walk the canal and see inside the museum. Great cafe as well. Free parking. Try it.

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Manchester, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We visited today with out 9 year old son after being at a loss of where to go on a dismal summers day and really enjoyed it. This isn't a place that would take a full day, we probably managed to get around the place within an hour or so. Upstairs you have replicas of a 1920's street with a... More

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Billington, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We called at Portland Basin one morning as we were gearing for Manchester. It is a very interesting place for adults and children. There are canal boats outside and you can go on a trip on one of them. We had a brew and a cake sitting outside the cafe watching the boats.well worth a visit.

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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Took my 4 year old grandson as I look after him one day a week and like to keep him on the move. It was a rainy day and someone suggested this place. we spent an afternoon and there was enough to see and do to keep a 4 year old engaged he loved the old school room and shop... More

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