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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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Good on a rainy day

Lovely museum. You need to take cards in the Cafe though. That's my only criticism. Would have... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
via mobile
Hidden Gem

This museum is fantastic, this was our first visit to Portland Basin. I visited with my daughter... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Manchester, 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 something for all the family.
  • Excellent56%
  • Very good36%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“local history” (21 reviews)
“hidden gem” (17 reviews)
Heritage Centre Portland Place, Ashton-under-Lyne OL7 0QA, England
+44 161 343 2878
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely museum. You need to take cards in the Cafe though. That's my only criticism. Would have stayed longer.

Thank Jonno1701
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This museum is fantastic, this was our first visit to Portland Basin. I visited with my daughter aged 5. She loved to look at and learn about how we lived in the olden days. We managed to spend a good chunk of the day here....More

Thank cartylaura
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum is a great place for young and old. Take a step back in time. Show the children how the older generation lived. There are life like statues a oldie public bar. Old chip shop. Outside toilet. Many more things to see.There is also...More

Thank sssuuusan2013
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Came to Ashton to have a look because it was an end of a metro line. Enjoyed the indoor market although the outdoor one was tired. The canal museum was the highlight of the day and was a short walk along the canal to the...More

1  Thank Mike + Sue C
Reviewed 3 October 2017

I've spent many hours her with my grandchildren in the school holidays, they always have fun during our stay. There are usually activities on for the children and information about local history including coal mining, canals, hat making. Good cafe and canal side areas. I...More

Thank gandw18
Reviewed 3 October 2017

A brilliant museum set in 1914/1918. We spent two hours at the museum but could have stayed longer. All the staff were extremely helpful and very friendly, you could tell they enjoyed their work. We will definitely recommend and we will be visiting again.

Thank Ian T
Reviewed 30 September 2017

We visit this area regularly from Canada due to having family here. I was born here in 1951, and lived in the area until 1981 when I emigrated. The Portland Basin was part of my life for many years from childhood through to my later...More

Thank Peter K
Reviewed 24 September 2017 via mobile

Visited quite a few times and its a great place for history. I kinda hope they clean the hats and gloves so people don't get diseases. It has some great displays but some do need an update though as it is free that will be...More

Thank Helen M
Reviewed 22 September 2017

This included a 2/3 mile walk, a guided tour of the Museum from a very knowledgeable gentleman, & a lunch in the Restaurant. A most enjoyable morning apart from the Rain during the walk.

Thank BrianB321
Reviewed 15 September 2017

Lovely little museum. Very interesting and good for both kids and adults. play area for small children and a very reasonably priced cafe selling good food and drinks. Staff are very friendly and informative. All for free!!! Definitely recommend. Could do with better direction signage...More

Thank john267
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1 January 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
2 June 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
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2 June 2016|
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Response from Nathanael S | Reviewed this property |
A café