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Exploring our local heritage.

We visited we our 6 year old granddaughter and spent a lovely couple of hours in this family... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Helen B
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Stockport, United Kingdom
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Great Day Out

A good museum with a free car park near Ashton town centre. It had lots of interesting artefacts... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
mswconsulting
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Altrincham, United Kingdom
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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...more
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Heritage Centre Portland Place, Ashton-under-Lyne OL7 0QA, England
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All reviews local history all ages hidden gem canal side interesting place interesting exhibits canal boat trip lovely cafe free entry rainy day school room great place to visit adults and children few hours step back in time worth a visit chip shop
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We visited we our 6 year old granddaughter and spent a lovely couple of hours in this family friendly museum. The cafe served excellent inexpensive food. Afterwards we enjoyed the canal boat trip with a very knowledgeable guide. The gift shop had lots of gifts...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A good museum with a free car park near Ashton town centre. It had lots of interesting artefacts focusing on local historical events in and around Manchester. Our 5 year old grand daughter found lots of interesting things to see which caused her to ask...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Local attraction, which is rare, free to enter, followed by a lovely canal side walk. Museum interesting as about local area

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank cmls5763
PortlandBasinmusem, Visitor services manager at Portland Basin Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to leave a great review. It is great to hear you found the museum interesting. We hope you visit us again soon.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have just visited Portland Basin and been on a short canal boat trip. It was something my 3 year old wanted to do and, to be honest, I didn’t think I’d enjoy it as much as I did but it was just brilliant. The...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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PortlandBasinmusem, Visitor Services Manager at Portland Basin Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for leaving a great review. The canal boat rides are run by Tameside Canal Boat Trust and go from outside the museum. I will make sure I pass on this feedback to them. We hope you visit us again soon.

Reviewed August 8, 2019 via mobile

I visited Portland Basin today with my three year old son. It is within easy walking distance of the town centre although I did get lost on the way. Once there we spent a couple of hours exploring the museum and playing in the children's...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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PortlandBasinmusem, Visitor services manager at Portland Basin Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for the great review. We are adding some new bits and pieces to our play are over the next few weeks, we also have some different trails available in the reception area which we hope you try out on your next visit. It...More

Reviewed August 7, 2019

What a great museum! Visited yesterday with my two kids who are 10 and 8. On arrival we were greeted by a man dressed as a world war 1 soldier who told us all about the kit the soldiers had to carry. It was really...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank CataBarnes
PortlandBasinmusem, Visitor services Manager at Portland Basin Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your lovely feedback. It sounds like you had a lovely experience. It is great to hear you enjoyed meeting Tommy Atkins Our first world war soldier, he is here every Wednesday in the school holidays. We hope you come and...More

Reviewed August 7, 2019

Not just the canal industry but also the industrial industry of Thameside.Lots of interesting things to see including a street of bygone shops.All topped off with the beautiful canal walks and a very good cafe.Entry is free.

Date of experience: August 2019
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PortlandBasinmusem, Visitor Services Manager at Portland Basin Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for leaving such a great review. We hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed August 1, 2019 via mobile

We visited 1/8/19..easy to find.. cobbled road leading to warehouse.. free entry.. small gift shop..nice cafe.. clean toilets.. bigger than we thought.. history of Ashton and surroundings.. reconstructions of shops and school room.. right next to Peak Canal where boat trips start and finish on...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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PortlandBasinmusem, Visitor services manager at Portland Basin Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a great review. We hope you come back and visit us again soon.

Reviewed July 24, 2019

Visited on Friday 14th June. It is situated at the junction of the Peak Forest Canal with the Ashton Canal which we passed as we did the Cheshire Ring on our canal boat.

Date of experience: June 2019
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PortlandBasinmusem, visitor services manager at Portland Basin Museum, responded to this reviewResponded August 2, 2019

Thank you for your review. We hope that you will visit us again soon.

Reviewed July 13, 2019

Nice place to get some of the history of the canals I have walked on for so long whenever I come visit Manchester. An engineering marvel, I'd say.More

Date of experience: August 2018
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PortlandBasinmusem, Visitor services manager at Portland Basin Museum, responded to this reviewResponded August 2, 2019

Thank you for your kind review. We definitely agree that we are in a lovely location. We have some great walking and cycling routes available that start from Portland Basin museum. You can download these from our website or ask at the museum reception. We...More

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Marytwink
February 16, 2019|
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Response from Patrick S | Reviewed this property |
347 denton to ashton. Stop near the shell garage followed by a short walk. I think its sign posted.
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Response from stevenb108 | Reviewed this property |
Yes,you can park at the front or the street at the side,guess it all depends on the day & time you go?..
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Response from RnWP | Reviewed this property |
I would suggest it would be best to speak to them directly on 0161 343 2878
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