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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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  • Been to Portland basin a few times now and enjoy it as a family each time. Our friend from America came and she enjoyed it also. Not a big place but can spend a good few hours in the museum and then t...  more »
  • What a great place to spend a few hours and it's free lots to see and do including dressing up then outside for boat trips along the canal and free parking  more »
  • Lovely place to visit, great for children also. There's lots to look at and its fairly interactive for children. You can take a boat trip and have something to eat and drink at the cafe on site.  more »
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  • A hidden gem. A must see. Over a few floors it takes you back in time and is great few hours for all the family. There is a coffee shop which is cash only but nice coffee and burgers. You can also have a little boat trip.
  • Lovely trip with the family. You can get lost in the history as the victorian Street is well designed along with all the displays on offer. Kids loved it
  • Nice place to visit for all the family, quite easy spend a few hours walking around, very well set out.
  • 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.
  • Really nice free museum. Not to busy and plenty to see.