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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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enjoyable afternoon out its not overley large but it is quite interesting ive ben here a few times and enjoyed it

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

enjoyable afternoon out its not overley large but it is quite interesting ive ben here a few times and enjoyed it

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Redcar, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very interesting and free to view plenty to view and participate in. Easy to excess, clean cafe and plenty of toilets. There seems to be plenty for children to do.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An eclectic mix of exhibits but everything was well-presented. The information with each exhibit was clear and well-written so that everyone could get something from it. John, one of the assistants was especially helpful and told us a lot about the surrounding area. We started our visit with a cup of tea and didn't expect too much considering the low... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Not been in a while but it was a good visit. Interactive exhibits and lots of interesting facts. Good coffee shop with helpful staff. And the toilet was clean.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited here with my five year old twins after a relative moved house now living next door to the museum and what a nice surprise lovely little place plenty to see and do I enjoyed the trip as well as the kids also have little barge rides reasonable prices too, I would go back.

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Bolton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Having lived in Bolton for the past 38years I am astonished that we had not seen this place before, We went on a mystery trip and I am so glad we did. The museum is very interesting to all ages and even a walk along the canal is lovely. We wish we could have stayed longer but we had to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016 via mobile

Great little part of history in our home town. My grandson loved it even if he did not understand stand it but he was only 9. Good little cafe and shop.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

Been here lots of times as a child and still going now with nieces/nephews etc. Nice little museum, educational and fun! They can sit inside a school and get a feel of what it used to be like! Or have a look round the village shops and pretend to go shopping. Very good on days off with kids!

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

Took my 5 year old here and she really enjoyed it. Especially the 'Victorian' style street where you can visit replicas of shops and a school classroom. The staff are friendly and I would go again.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016 via mobile

With historical education and interactive entertainment this is a good way to spent some family time without spending too much money. There is a gift shop selling related articles and a nice cafe for lunch or a picnic area.

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