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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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Informative Local History

I've spent many hours her with my grandchildren in the school holidays, they always have fun during... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Great museum

A brilliant museum set in 1914/1918. We spent two hours at the museum but could have stayed longer... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Ian T
Manchester, England, 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)
“narrow boat” (12 reviews)
Heritage Centre Portland Place, Ashton-under-Lyne OL7 0QA, England
+44 161 343 2878
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 11 September 2017

Once you've been there's no point in going again. It could do with a spruce up and making it more child-friendly. The playroom downstairs is filthy and could do with updating. It's a free museum which is nice but I would pay if I knew...More

Thank troketia
Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

Took my son here a few months ago and we both enjoyed it. There are canal boats outside on the water you can look at and my h more nide. They have recreated what old streets and shops were like and how people lived years...More

Thank Stevensnailham
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

This is a great place for a local history perspective. The setting is great for a meander but there is so much to see and for the children to engage with inside. The cafe is great too!

Thank Russ L
Reviewed 3 September 2017 via mobile

Visited here with young grandson aged 7 ..lovely little trip along the canal,with tour of museum afterwards.. Interesting and just enough for this age group .There is also a small cafe serving snacks and drinks at reasonable prices ...

Thank sue53402
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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
Joan M
2 June 2016|
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Response from Nathanael S | Reviewed this property |
A café