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Gem of a museum

Great little find, free entry and parking. Exhibition that changes, sweet cafe with good prices and... read more

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Sherridon W
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lovely quaint old mill

we had a great time lots of different interesting exhibits , like a walk back in time, good access... read more

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“local history”(23 reviews)
“all ages”(26 reviews)
“narrow boat”(12 reviews)
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
Heritage Centre Portland Place, Ashton-under-Lyne OL7 0QA, England
+44 161 343 2878
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All reviews local history all ages narrow boat hidden gem free entry interesting place rainy day canal side worth a visit school room two floors barge trip few hours old school nice cafe step back in time coal mining
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Reviewed today via mobile

Great little find, free entry and parking. Exhibition that changes, sweet cafe with good prices and very nice food. Well worth a trip.

Thank Sherridon W
Reviewed yesterday

we had a great time lots of different interesting exhibits , like a walk back in time, good access for special needs and a lovely cafe with lots of affordable treats yum

Thank Sightsee610559
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Sweet place where many olden days scenes are brought to life. Interesting for little kids and some coll photo ops.

Thank TerenceG143
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a lovely place to spend a couple of hours with the kids. Good not only for adults but a cool place for kids too.Educational. Nice pleasant walk by the canal too on a nice day. Cafe and little who are ok

Thank Steve P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Right on the canal where I spend many hours with pals in the 60s, the museum is very interestimg with reproductions of rooms, shops etc from times gone by. Good selection of local interest books in the shop too. Have a walk along the canal...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Great experience not only for kids but also for the adults. There is a lot to see and a lot to learn.

Thank 784beatak
Reviewed 5 October 2018

Very interesting covering industrial history of the local area well worth a visit. There are also canal boat rides during the summer and pleasant walks along the canal side

Thank Peter H
Reviewed 21 September 2018

I enjoyed our visit to this small museum. The houses and shops on display reminded us of our homes 70 years ago. The ancient history of Thameside was imaginately potrayed in the exhibits.

Thank Maurice L
Reviewed 19 September 2018

It's 30 years since I moved from Tameside and as I had a few hours to kill, I went for a look, not being aware there was a museum. What a great place. I learned so much about Tameside by visiting the museum. I particularly...More

Thank Sue C
Reviewed 18 September 2018 via mobile

A friend and I attended over the weekend. It was great fun. The figures in the museum have such lifelike faces and eyes, very well made. I particularly liked the exhibits where you can literally step back in time into an old fashioned sitting room,...More

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Hayley P
9 May 2018|
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Response from steven b | 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?..
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