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Portland Basin Museum, Ashton-under-Lyne

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Dukinfield Junction is the name of the canal junction where the Peak Forest Canal, the Ashton Canal and the Huddersfield Narrow Canal meet near Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, England. The area has been designated by Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council as a conservation area.It is adjacent to Portland Basin, and the names are often used as synonyms by boaters, whilst locals refer only to Portland Basin. Strictly speaking, Portland Basin is the wide area on the main line of the canal. The arm under the junction bridge and the aqueduct over the River Tame were built by the Ashton Canal, and the junction with the Peak Forest canal was historically at the southern end of the aqueduct.HistoryThe Ashton Canal was authorised by an Act of Parliament obtained in 1792, to connect the coal mining area around Oldham and the textile mills of Ashton-under-Lyne to Manchester. It was heavily-locked, with 18 locks in. During construction, the company obtained a second Act to allow them to build the Hollinwood Branch Canal, the Stockport Canal and the Beat Bank Branch Canal. The line to Ashton and the branch to Hollinwood were both opened in December 1796, and the Stockport Branch opened in January 1797, but the Beat Bank Branch was never completed.
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  • Came here with my Godson second time I've been he loved it but I think I loved it more fantastic place you could spend a good few hours here . 
  • Good place to visit with kids of primary school age, decent cafe, very interesting exhibits, and some canal boats, especially on a weekend. 
  • First time at Portland Basin, bit hard to find (needs more signage!). Well displayed museum, for all ages, and very good food in the cafe. It won't be our last visit! 
  • Great free museum by the canal about local historic economy, good place to take the little ones on a rainy day. Local cafe inside also sells great value good food.
  • Nice place to visit for all the family, quite easy spend a few hours walking around, very well set out.
  • Great museum, really interesting and good for kids!!
  • Lovely little museum showing the local history. Good for kids
  • We went with our 5 and 2 years old, and while it's free, we found it lacked things to do for the kids. The 2 year old loved the electric trains going around, and our 5 year old liked trying the outfits in the playground. We thought the exhibit lacked focus and the boat ride was a little overpriced and the pilot not very skilled; the boat hit the enbankment, which sent our daughter flying off her seat. It's OK for a rainy half-day where there is nothing to do, and parking is plenty and free, bur the boat ride is best avoided.
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