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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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Eclectic, well organised and fun

There is plenty to keep the attention of children and adults alike. Play areas offer hands on experiences to help bring history to life - eg felt hats The old street area and... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

There is plenty to keep the attention of children and adults alike. Play areas offer hands on experiences to help bring history to life - eg felt hats The old street area and shops were amazing - I enjoyed the old chapel, my daughter loved the Victorian schoolroom and we both loved the old house - inside and out. On... More 

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Thank Jillian D
Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a good local history museum, with some interesting exhibits. Great place to go for a last minute visit when the kids are bored and you haven't got time or money to go anywhere else. Beware though that kids will get bored very quickly, but you should be able to occupy them for about an hour. If it's sunny... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2017

This place was perfect for my 2 ½ year old to explore - what a hidden gem. Well laid out, lots of space, lots of exhibits to interest everybody. Seemed to accurately reflect the local area's history. Better still, a great cafe too! Will definitely be returning.

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Thank Claire3382
Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2017

I take my dad who is in his 80s and my young grandchildren and they all enjoy going lovely in the summer as you can have a walk up the canal. and its all free..

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Thank Margaret H
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2017 via mobile

Our grandson loves museums and we visited this museum on Saturday 7th Jan. Well presented and interesting museum showing the history of Tameside from the recreated street to the industrial heritage. All in a canal side setting. Well worth a visit.

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Thank Dave W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2016 via mobile

This little museum is really interesting, it has narrow boat history downstairs, with boats outside in the actual basin, loads of engineering artifacts to look round, hat makers, etc, all really well displayed, with a fabulous play area for children. Upstairs is a brilliant old fashioned street featuring a school house, scullery, living room, pub etc, again there are children's... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2016

Old time blast of the past! Been here since i was little. So nice to take my little ones here now. Lovely piece of history and nice cafe too

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Thank Tammy L
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2016

Well hidden away in a business park, fairly hard to find. However parking easy and staff really helpful and friendly. Really interesting building and content s. Most definitely worth a visit. It's a hidden gem.

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Thank Louise J
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2016

Great place to visit. Local history in Tameside. Kids enjoy it, plenty to look at and in the summer its great to get out on the canal side

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2016

This museum is a hidden gem, full of fascinating Victorian Artifacts and other interesting items, dating from the great canal era. There are canal boat rides, and a great little cafe to round off you visit.

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