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Portland Basin Museum


Portland Basin Museum is open Tuesdays to Sundays 10am-4pm and entry is free. There is no need to book to visit. We look forward to welcoming you on your visit.

Opening hours:
Tuesdays to Sundays 10am-4pm
Closed Mondays, except Bank Holidays
We are open all bank holidays, except Christmas and New Year


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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.

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 What’s On pages for full details.


Let's Go...

Portland Basin Museum has always been a great place to visit, but now there are walking and cycling routes starting from the museum, showing you what great countryside and heritage there is to discover on your doorstep.

Accessibility at Portland Basin Museum

We want as many people as possible to enjoy a visit to the museum and we are always looking for new ways to improve. 



  • Planning your Visit
  • Museum shop
  • Baby changing
  • Free car park
  • Trails and activities for children
  • School workshops
  • Loan boxes
  • Bridge View CafeLink to External Website
  • Picnic tables
  • For Boat Trip information please contact Tameside Canal Boat Trust on 07914815636 and for up to date information please follow them on  Facebook and Twitter
  • Boat trips are also available aboard ‘Community Spirit 2’ which is run by East Manchester Community Boat Project. For enquiries and to make a booking, please telephone 07503 145146 or email

The Portland Basin Museum is part of the Quality Assured Visitor Attraction Scheme.

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Contact information

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0161 342 5480
0161 343 2869
Portland Basin Museum
Portland Place
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