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Portland Basin Museum
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 28 June 2018

Visited a week ago on a quiet Sunday Morning to be greeted by helpful and informative staff. The area has been well preserved to display the role of the canals in the industrial history of Ashton Under Lyne. It is situated off the main Ashton road but it's like stepping back in time, with a small reconstructed street with very realistic models. The history is well documented whilst the displays bring to life a time now gone for all to experience life and living conditions. As the weather was so nice I decided to explore the Warf and canal outside. The canals are well signposted and from here you can walk to Manchester, Marple and Macclesfield if feeling energetic. There are lots of Canadian Geese ready to be fed but their droppings are a problem in the open area, fortunately it was dry! The area which is across the bridge around the seating area is a lot of rubbish that has been left by untidy uncaring people. A huge bin is provided near by so should not be a problem. Will visit again and take family. Good venue for a day out.

Thank Peakwoman
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Reviewed 19 June 2018

This museum is superbly laid out, informative and fun. A great place to take children with regular and high quality learning experiences for preschool and school age.

Thank Ian Y
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Reviewed 1 June 2018

Visited here yesterday, we didn't know what to expect, and we were pleasantly surprised. Our little grandson was a bit too young to appreciate it, but he loved going into all the shops on the old street. I would thoroughly recommend a visit if you are interested in local history. Some of the displays reminded me of things from my childhood which I had forgotten about. Had lunch in the coffee shop, which was really good value. The museum is FREE admission but there is a box for donations. Will definitely go back.

1  Thank 1978Juliet
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Reviewed 13 May 2018

We have been twice and all members of the family have loved the place. Lots of interest for children of all ages. The old street as you come in is good but is getting a bit battered around the seams. We crossed over to the marina expecting highly painted barges but where sadly disappointed. But you can rent a barge for the day if you wish.

Thank davewinstanley
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Reviewed 19 April 2018 via mobile

I visited Ashton Basin Museum with a group of mates. I thought it was a very interesting place about History. It is a very practical place as well. You can try out some of the displays. I would recommend it if you're interested in History.

3  Thank Sarah H
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