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Portland Basin Museum

Portland Basin Museum
Portland Basin Museum and canal wharf.

After a major refurbishment and enlargement, the Portland Basin Heritage Centre re-opened in March 1999 as the Portland Basin Museum. Housed in the former Ashton Canal Warehouse, the Museum is situated alongside the Ashton Canal at Portland Basin, Ashton under Lyne, opposite the junction with the Peak Forest Canal.

The Museum takes full advantage of its position, with boat trips starting from the Museum waterfront, and mooring for visiting boats. including restored wooden narrow boats.

The new Museum is on two levels. Visitors enter on the upper level on which there is a representation of a 1920's street, featuring the furnished downstairs rooms of a typical terraced house, a school room, fish and chip shop, grocer's shop, pub and other settings.

The lower floor has a display about the production of goods that have been "Made in Tameside" including hats, coal and textiles. There are also displays and models showing the development of transport in the area.

Portland Basin Museum
Model canal and lock.
Portland Basin Museum
Model industrial town.
Portland Basin Museum
Boats outside the window.
Portland Basin Museum
Re-created pub scene.
Portland Basin Museum
As we used to shop.
Portland Basin Museum
Old-fashioned parlour.
Portland Basin Museum
Outside toilet.

The Museum is open daily (except Mondays other than Bank Holidays)
from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.
Admission is Free.
Telephone number is 0161 343 2878
There is plenty of parking space in front of the entrance.
By car, there are signs from A635 Ashton By-pass (Park Parade).
Drivers will need to locate the roundabout halfway along the Ashton by-pass (near Asda), drive westwards towards Manchester and turn second left into Welbeck Street, following this straight ahead and the museum is on the left.
There are signposts for pedestrians from the centre of Ashton or the Museum can be reached via the canal towpath.
Nearest bus stops are at Chester Square (Stockport Road and Manchester Road) or Cavendish Street (outside Asda).

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