Tameside Museums and Galleries are part of the Greater Manchester Museums Group. Find out more about our connected history here.
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.
Enjoy our temporary exhibition, and step back in time on our 1920s street, as the sights and sounds of bygone Tameside are brought to life. Take a look into our kitchen and parlour to find out how we used to live. Visitors can explore the area's industrial heritage and discover what life was like down the mines, or on the farm. Find out more about local crafts and industries and marvel at our historic machines. Younger children will love our 'Nuts and Bolts' educational play area, suitable for children under 5.
Planning a Visit
Portland Basin Museum is situated just outside of Manchester, accessible by car, bus and train. There is a free car park with disabled parking spaces. The museum is free to enter and is fully accessible. The car park is laid with cobbles, wheelchair users may require support to transfer from the car to the museum. Please contact the museum for more information. We offer lots of activities suitable for all ages, please see our events calendar.
Exploring museum objects, books and artworks through song, dance, stories and art with the under 5s. Free No need to book.
10am – 11am
- Fully accessible
- Museum shop
- Baby changing
- Free car park
- Trails and activities for children
- School workshops
- Loan boxes
- Bridge View Cafe
- Picnic tables
- For boat trip information please contact the Tameside Canal Boat Trust on 07482188026 or email Mark Nield
The Portland Basin Museum is part of the Quality Assured Visitor Attraction Scheme.
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