The Portland Basin Museum is part of the Greater Manchester Museums Group. It shares the history of Tameside from its industrial heritage to life down the mines and what happened in the area when the country was at war. Situated on two levels, part of the museum is decorated to look like a 1920's street which features different rooms such as shops, a pub and a school designed to represent the history of the time. This is a great way to experience life in the past as if you are there. This is a child-friendly venue with areas specifically for children to play in and activities designed for younger visitors. The museum is part of the Quality Assured Visitor Attraction Scheme, so you can be sure of a great day out.
The museum is located in Ashton-under-Lyne. Located in the 19th Century Ashton Canal Warehouse, this is a unique building with lots of character and history. Situated right next to the Peak Forest Cana,l you can enjoy both the beautiful interior of this historical building and the relaxing waterside setting.
Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am until 4pm, there is plenty of time to visit and it makes a great weekend day trip. Please note the museum is closed on Mondays, however, it does open on Bank Holidays.
How can I get there?
The Museum is located near Manchester, it is easy to get to via public transport or car. The address is Portland Basin Museum, Portland Place, Ashton-underLyne, OL7 0QA. There is a free car park for visitors. Please be aware that the car park is a cobbled road, wheelchair users can contact the museum for help accessing the building.
The museum makes for a great day out. With frequent temporary exhibitions, you will never get bored. There are displays, activities and films to enjoy. The building itself is great to explore and you can also enjoy the outside area with a wildlife garden and canal side views. If you are planning a full day out, you can explore the local area by following one of the walking routes which start from the museum - this is a great way to explore the surrounding areas and get some fresh air and exercise. If you'd rather sit back and enjoy the view, then why not take a boat trip, which also starts at the museum or visit the museum cafe.