We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Portland Basin Museum

Certificate of Excellence
Improve this listing
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Portland Place, Ashton-under-Lyne OL7 0QA, England
Phone Number: +44 161 343 2878
Website
Improve this listing
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.
read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 202 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 103
    Excellent
  • 80
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Look back in time..

After a look on Trip Advisor of where to go, which was local, we decided on here.. somewhere we hadn't been. We found it easy enough, even a parking space, can imagine weekend... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
steven b
,
Oldham
Add Photo Write a Review

202 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Your overall rating of this attraction
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Oldham
Level Contributor
67 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

After a look on Trip Advisor of where to go, which was local, we decided on here.. somewhere we hadn't been. We found it easy enough, even a parking space, can imagine weekend being busy. Once inside, great childhood memories, games & toys of yesterday, great display's all around, school, chip shop, grocery, church, pub, doctors.. home, kitchen even the... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Manchester, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

I was here with two young children and we had a really good time for well over 1 hour. The museum is set out to show what Ashton was like over a number of different time periods and it really gives you a sense of history. The children enjoyed exploring and pretending to be Victorian school children. The dress-up stuff... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
bolton
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Having been born in Ashton this was my first visit back for over 10 years, the place has certainly changed. This is a little gem of a museum took my two grandchildren aged 11 and 8 and they really enjoyed the visit including the boat trip. My only criticism is the lack of signs ,it took us over half an... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
manchester
Level Contributor
9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We had seen the funday advertised in the local paper so headed down. It was lovely. Animals for the children to hold, crafts for the family to take part in, canal boat trips to go on etc. It was lovely. Then we headed for lunch. I couldn't believe how rude some of the families could be. Prams parked everywhere, kids... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

This was a very interesting place to visit. You learnt about the history of the industrial revolution in Ashton as well as about the importance of the canal system to the town. Activities available for kids in the holidays and there is a charity that organises boat rides. Must visit if you are in the area

Was this review helpful? Yes
Mossley, England, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
24 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015 via mobile

This is a great place to spend half a day with the kids, museum is very good and informative detailing information about the local area, industries, canals and people etc. Lots of things to see and a few talks to attend. The café is very nice serving fresh food, cakes are tremendous and also have a wide range of coffee.... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Watford, UK
Level Contributor
22 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

I never even knew this place existed. It has really interesting exhibits, very informative. The canal boat trip is a bit disappointing though. It doesn't last long enough and the staff on there don't inform you of anything.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Ashton-under-Lyne, England, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Good Museum, we enjoyed to find out the history of Tameside, my son enjoyed himself also and he us 7yrs old, especially when they did a sheep hunt so he had to find mini sheep in the different rooms,

Was this review helpful? Yes
Manchester, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

The Portland Basin museum is a free very interesting museum located at a place where 3 canals converge. It has exhibits of shops, house interiors and even the outside loo from the first world war period. After touring the museum go outside and see all the canal barges and enjoy walks along the towpaths or a trip on one of... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Manchester
Level Contributor
26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Great place to visit with little ones, free admission and lots to see! They usually have arts and crafts on as well to take part in.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Portland Basin Museum also viewed

Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester
Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester
 
Manchester, Greater Manchester
Manchester, Greater Manchester
 

Been to Portland Basin Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Portland Basin Museum and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Portland Basin Museum staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?