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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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Great museum for all ages

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Ashton-under-Lyne, United Kingdom
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Glossop, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Brilliant visit to the museum the highlight was travelling along the historic street and trying on the hats. The children loved pretending to steer a narrow boat and then watching real ones on the canal. Well worth a visit and will definitely go again.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited the museum today with 3 children aged under 4. The exhibitions were very educational and the children enjoyed seeing the way people used to live. The play and activity area includes dressing up clothes, books, drawings, and play shop etc all very clean and well equipped. The museum is next to the canal and it's a pleasant walk along... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great day out. So much to look at. Well presented. They always have a theme in the entrance which is changed regularly. Downstairs gives access to the canal which is lovely in the summer. Plenty of barges about that adds to it. No charge to go in. Donations only. Nice little shop. The cafe is worth a... More 

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

Visited with a 8m old and a 2yr old today and 2 adults. Lovely little museum with a 1920's street scene and engineering through history - boats, model trains, animals - a little boy (or girl) 's dream. Good exhibits with local stories. As it was free entry, we stopped and had tea and cake, which was reasonably priced and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

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 20 January 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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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 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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