Manchester Transport




Portland Basin Museum

And Heritage
Centre, Ashton-under-Lyne

Place, Ashton-under-Lyne, Tameside, Manchester OL7 0QA.
Tel: 0161-343 2878. Fax: 0161-343 2869. Email:

Portland Basin Wharf Ashton-under-LynePortland Basin Junction with Lower Peak Forest Canal at AshtonPortland Basin Museum Display - Middle Class sitting room
Narrowboat Trips from Portland basin heritage CentrePortland Basin Museum display - Victorian Street with ShopsPortland Basin heritage Centre & Museum Display - inside a working family's sitting roomPhotos by John Moss

Restored in 1999
to its present original glory, the Portland Basin Museum buildings,
originally the Ashton New Wharf warehouse, had stood derelict for
some thirty years since it was razed by fire in the 1970s. Located
at the junction of the Ashton Canal and the Lower Peak Forest Canal,
it served as a main artery for provisions and exports to and from
the Ashton region for nearly 200 years. It is a fine example of industrial
warehousing of the Industrial Revolution period.
and built in 1834 by David Bellhouse and Company, it now houses excellent
industrial and local community based exhibits, including machinery
for hat and glove making, as well as many canal exhibits and displays. It
originally cost the Ashton Canal Company some £8,901 13s. 3d.
Also included
in the museum is a reconstructed street with excellent period settings
– a middle class sitting room, a workers kitchen, doctor’s surgery,
clogmakers, general store, pawnbrokers, public house and other settings
– all enhanced by suitable period lighting and sound effects.
In the basement,
working models of canal and rail systems offer interactive and educational
experiences for all age groups.
T here is
also a collection of local Victorian and Edwardian photographs with
the accent on period costume.

Permanently moored
in the basin are several old narrowboats of some history,
many under gradual reconstruction and restoration, by the Wooden Canal
Boat Society, which is based at the Museum.

The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00am till 5.00pm
and is closed on Mondays. (Please check before setting out – times
may have changed).

Entry to all exhibits is free.

Disabled access, hot and cold drinks available, picnic area, toilets
and baby changing facilities, shop, free car parking, conference centre.

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