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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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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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A great museum for the little ones

What a fab place...can't believe it's free (can make donation though!). Great for kids, there is a little play space with kitchen and dress up area and books to read and upstairs... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

What a fab place...can't believe it's free (can make donation though!). Great for kids, there is a little play space with kitchen and dress up area and books to read and upstairs is the museum where you can visit the 1920's street and experience an old school, chippy and shops etc, great for little imaginations. Free parking as well.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well thought out, very well presented local museum. Plenty to amuse the kids and enough recent history to make adults smile as they remember "back in the day". Highly recommended.

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Thank Ian C
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Been Here Plenty Of Times But Took The Fella For The First Time, He Thought It Was Great..Never Had Problems With Parking..Nicely Laid Out..Nice Area To Eat..Lovely To Go Out To The Outside Where There Are Boats..Fantastic Day For Free 👍

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Thank Leanne G
Ashton-under-Lyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've been to Portland Basin Museum many times and went again recently for an afternoon. The exhibits are interesting and well laid out. Nice gift shop and cafe.

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Thank Em S
Ashton-under-Lyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

We went round the museum and then went on the canal barge trip. It was very well laid out and very informative. It kept us all interested. It was entertaining and the barge trip was exciting for the grandchild as we went under Asda and he could make echos off the tunnel. Afterwards we went for tea and sticky buns... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

We go here every few months. Its is really interesteing and my 6 year old Granddaughter Dionne loves dressing up with the pretty clothes and hats provided and trying on all the old hats on display. There is an old school room you can go into and sit at the desks and an old 1940's house, pub etc. All the... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

good and free to visit with kids- ids can dress up and play with bits and pieces. good to kill an hour or two with under 10s

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Thank Adele A
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

Taking the Grandchildren for an exciting day out and also took them on a short canal trip which they rely enjoyed with some commentary about canals and the life of of the bargies. The museum has lots to keep children of all ages occupied and introduce them to the history of the mills and foundries and canals. Plenty of interactive... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015 via mobile

Took the kids for a rainy day activity, good local knowledge and displays not that big but plenty to see and do the kids loved the hands on section.

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Thank Philip S
Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

Visited with my grandson, very informative museum, well worth a visit, very good for a rainy day activity.

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