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Portland Basin Museum

Heritage Centre Portland Place, Ashton-under-Lyne OL7 0QA, England
+44 161 343 2878
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Gem.. loved it.

I took a friend for her birthday. It was something different. We loved the barge trip.The staff... read more

Reviewed July 11, 2017
Manchester, United Kingdom
via mobile
loved the old school and the old shops

A lovely afternoon out for the family looking back to th'olden days. in the past years I have taken... read more

Reviewed July 4, 2017
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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 something for all the family.
  • Excellent55%
  • Very good37%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Heritage Centre Portland Place, Ashton-under-Lyne OL7 0QA, England
+44 161 343 2878
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Reviewed July 11, 2017 via mobile

I took a friend for her birthday. It was something different. We loved the barge trip.The staff were great. The museum is a hidden gem we thoroughly enjoyed it. There is a cafe there too.

Thank M9shy
Reviewed July 4, 2017

A lovely afternoon out for the family looking back to th'olden days. in the past years I have taken my children and grandchildren who have all enjoyed the experience. A lovely café on site for a quick snack.

Thank awaydaysManchester
Reviewed June 28, 2017

I took my 10 year old grand daughter here last Saturday and we had a lovely time. This modern building contained in a restored canal warehouse is educational on local history and how we lived in the 1920's. it is family friendly and has lots...More

Thank tonyt4321
Reviewed June 17, 2017

Brilliant museum, kids will love it! Book a cruise on the Tameside Canal Boat only £2 for kids and £4 for adults for a 45 minute cruise up the canal

Thank chrisWakefield
Reviewed June 15, 2017 via mobile

Lovely place to visit with young children with hands on exhibits, a lovely little shop, a cafe - which had cakes etc but would benefit from serving basic meals - and right on the canal tow path. Free entry, but check opening times.

Thank AngieA383
Reviewed June 6, 2017 via mobile

The Portland basin museum takes you back in time to when it was a working mill.you can walk around the floors and see weaving of cotton clothes.theres a coffee shop at the grown floor cakes tea are coffee.its a great place for all the family...More

Thank ghosthunterjulie
Reviewed May 29, 2017 via mobile

Visited with our grandson sho us 11 years old. Fantastic little museum. Knowledgeable friendly staff. Free entry. Good location on the canal with a very nice cafe.

Thank kylkimry
Reviewed May 27, 2017 via mobile

Found this place online prior to visit , as we would be in the area on the day. Glad we got postcode for sat nav as there is not one sign post to help you locate it otherwise . Pretty quiet as it was Saturday...More

Thank mikezhivago
Reviewed May 24, 2017 via mobile

Lovely little find :) its free!! Lots of things to see .. From a old school room, a old house, old shops, old pub lots more! You can walk outside see the ducks and barges on the canal. Really good for a cold wet day...More

Thank wendi a
Reviewed May 23, 2017

It was a wet and windy day and seemed a good place to spend a few hours. Very informative and gave a good history of the area. We also had a trip on the narrow boat Still Waters, worth a visit.

Thank Peter J
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January 1, 2017|
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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
Joan M
June 2, 2016|
Response from Leanne G | Reviewed this property |
You walk towards ashton centre from the police station and then you should see the sign post. It's not very far
Joan M
June 2, 2016|
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Response from Nathanael S | Reviewed this property |
A café