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Portland Basin Museum

Portland Basin Museum is currently closed due to lockdown restrictions. We will update this page when we have a date for reopening. 
In the meantime you can find lots of ideas for children’s craft activities here and family walks and trails here

To manage visitor numbers, visits must now be pre-booked and visits can last around an hour. Opening has been slightly shortened to 10am to 3pm, Wednesday to Sunday.
To help keep the public and staff safe, we have made several changes, such as introducing a one way system around parts of the museum and extra cleaning. You will need to wear a face covering in the museum and observe social distancing. We are also limiting capacity and staggering entry times to the museum, so we are asking visitor to pre-book their visit.  Our indoor play area will remain closed for now and Bridge View Café remains closed.
Before booking, please read our FAQS for lots more information about the measures we have put in place and what to expect when you visit. You can read our Covid-19 risk assessment here.

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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 events calendar.


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 Cafe Link to External Website
  • Picnic tables
  • For Boat Trip information please contact Tameside Canal Boat Trust on 07869007886 or for anything else, email Mark Nield.  For up to date information about Tameside Canal Boat Trust please  Or 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.

Tameside Museums and Galleries are part of the Greater Manchester Museums Group.

If you would like your details to be added to our database to be kept informed of future events, activities and exhibitions happening within our cultural services department,  please click on the following link   

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Portland Basin Museum
Portland Place
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0161 342 5480
Contact by Fax
0161 343 2869

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