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Portland Basin Museum

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Address: Heritage Centre 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 very nice Museum

I went with a group of friends and had a very enjoyable visit, the Museum is small but very interesting, Telling the history of the local area from the romans up to the present... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I went with a group of friends and had a very enjoyable visit, the Museum is small but very interesting, Telling the history of the local area from the romans up to the present day, On two floors the first floor has a street from the early 19th century showing shops church school and pub , Downstairs there is steam... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

went here with my teenage daughters. really liked the old house and shops they had set up. my daughters weren't impressed by the school rules children were expected to follow in "the olden days"!!!. some interesting exhibitions. lovely to sit out by the canal on a sunny day and eat your lunch. well worth a visit.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

visited with my wife on 10th august 2016 fantastic old shops set in the 1912-1915,cobbled street and good museum of the first war one,nice cafe able to drink or eat inside or out near the narrow boats and canal.the setting outside is wonderful if only the sun would have been out.recommend.you can if you wish go on a canal ride.

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Flintshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great facility for adults and children, it features an old street and lots of memorabilia. It really is very interesting. he café has lovely food and is great value with very helpful staff in the museum and the café. There is also a canal behind the museum where you can have a lovely walk or take a... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Really enjoyed our visit to this museum. The walk through the old shops is fascinating. My favourite parts were the classroom and the doctor's surgery.

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Thank Paul B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I visited here on a family recommendation and was pleasantly surprised. From the outside the museum looks small but inside it is a hidden treasure. It really does give you the history of the Tameside area, very informative, hands on and loads to do with young kids. The coffee shop is very good with homebaked produce and the best cherry... More 

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

Visited 8 years ago and again yesterday. Still worth a visit. Plenty for little ones as well as grown ups!

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Thank 440alexl
Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

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 July 12, 2016 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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Macclesfield
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016

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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