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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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A gem!

Lovely little museum. Very interesting and good for both kids and adults. play area for small... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Preston, United Kingdom
In need of a spruce up

Once you've been there's no point in going again. It could do with a spruce up and making it more... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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.
  • Excellent55%
  • Very good37%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Heritage Centre Portland Place, Ashton-under-Lyne OL7 0QA, England
+44 161 343 2878
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Reviewed 6 days ago

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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago 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 2 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Kids love it here it's free and you walk back in time the kids love to see all the different things that happened in the past. The barge trip is great!!! And sometimes they have events on for the kids. Fun day out 🙂

Thank cassied23
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We recently visited portland basin as a family, i love the canals and have had boats myself, this was a nice day out, a small gift shop, cafe and history walk inside the building showing the local heritage of ashton and the trade industry aswell...More

Thank wadar
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very good customer service, food is very tasty and enjoyable. expected to be high priced and not that good and got very tasty and average priced. nice they don't take advantage with having a captive audience.

Thank jcg2604
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Not many places you can go now a days that don't charge the earth for a family day out but this place is great for just that. Free entry and fun for all the family.

Thank Liz C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

took the kids for a day out had a great day looking round.also fou d a small place at the back that do barge hire for the day so booked one for the following week.kiddies loved sailing uo the canal some really nice views

Thank paul w
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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