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Portland Basin Museum

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Address: Portland Place, Ashton-under-Lyne 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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day trip with little one

fabulous day out trip on the canal in a barge was great lots to see and do inside very informative,staff very attentive and always available lovely little café too

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

fabulous day out trip on the canal in a barge was great lots to see and do inside very informative,staff very attentive and always available lovely little café too

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW via mobile

We have been to lots of museums in Manchester and Liverpool but were amazed at this lovely museum in Ashton The children loved the school and shops. They enjoyed the little market play area and had lots of fun A wonderful way to spend a rainy morning with children. Adults were also impressed

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Been more that a dozen time with my kids they both enjoyed it, they like the barges that you can play with also the history.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

We visited Portland Basin Museum as we were at a loose end, with an afternoon to kill and live not too far from there. The museum appears to survive on donations as there is absolutely no charge to enter. The top floor has been transformed into a street with the kind of shops that I remember as a child, and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

This museum is so much more than you could ever imagine it to be at first sight. It is packed full of so many different enjoyable things to keep children and adults engaged, you probably wont ever realise how educational it actually is. On entering the museum you come across the old-fashioned high street including a school room, a house,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Visited Portland Basin Museum as part of a coach trip, which also included the markets at Ashton Under Lyne. Ideal for adults and children. Includes a street with makeshift shops of the era when canal travel was at its height in the 19th century. Also a replica of a working area with original weaving machines. Hands on experiences for children.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

This museum far exceeded my expectations. From stepping through the entrance door to exiting at the back and taking a canal boat ride, which I recommend (£4 for adults), everything was interesting. Labels are clear. On the lower ground floor there is an amazing children's play area. Carers would be able to watch children and view exhibits. There is also... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

A lovely trip back in time. Lots to see and even more to learn - very,very interesting for all, young and old.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We have been here a few times before and its always enough when u need something to do that doesnt take too long! The cafe was open today, affordable prices. The museum is great considering its free to enter

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Visited Portland Basin on Easter Sunday 2015. Free admission & parking. Small museum spread over two floors. Interesting exhibits and information about the area of Tameside from the Bronze Age to modern day. A mock up of a Victorian style street takes up the ground floor and shows an insight into the social life of that period. The lower level... More 

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