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Portland Basin Museum

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Address: Heritage Centre Portland Place, Ashton-under-Lyne OL7 0QA, England
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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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This takes me back!

Not visited for many years. Like being a kid again. Really good for children today to learn about past lives and industry, really enjoyable visit.

Reviewed 4 days ago
TJ672016
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Not visited for many years. Like being a kid again. Really good for children today to learn about past lives and industry, really enjoyable visit.

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Brill for kids and adults we had a fab day. Loved the Victorian street and the kids went away happy with lots of information. In warmer months you can do the canal boats too.

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Ashton-under-Lyne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My family enjoyed this event, it shows that the steps in coding are simple to apply and can be fun. Portland Basin is a great little gem and has some great events on all the time. On site cafe with a varied menu is a bonus.

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jrichy026
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited here with a 3 & 9 year old last week and really enjoyed it. I've not been before despite living 10 mins away but the 9 year old had. It's not massive or anything but it will kill an hour. There's lots of bits to look at and a cafe on site too. It's free and they just ask... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely little place with the option of a little barge ride . Specified activities for certain times of year and really put on good little shows ! X

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Thank Emsiemo
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Been to Portland basin a few times now and enjoy it as a family each time. Our friend from America came and she enjoyed it also. Not a big place but can spend a good few hours in the museum and then take a trip on a canal boat, that takes about half an hour. The museum is free but... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a great place to spend a few hours and it's free lots to see and do including dressing up then outside for boat trips along the canal and free parking

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lovely place to visit, great for children also. There's lots to look at and its fairly interactive for children. You can take a boat trip and have something to eat and drink at the cafe on site.

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Glossop, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 15, 2017

The museum and immediate basin area are very pleasant and the people at the museum are really helpful and friendly. Badly badly let down by the area - as soon as you are a couple of hundred metres along the towpath the area is strewn with plastic bottles, litter and dog poo - not my idea of a good place... More 

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Ashton-under-Lyne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 13, 2017

The museum has loads of local history of Ashton and the wider area. Fantastic settings including old schools, doctors, mining and clog making. Also changing "special" exhibits which cover local interest. It is well worth a re-visit if like me it has been several years since your last.The canal basin is great to sit out on a sunny afternoon. Free... More 

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