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Map of the Ashton area

The numbers on the map relate to the following activities, museums and other days out.

  1. Portland Basin Museum: Is the centrepiece of the recently rebuilt Ashton Canal Warehouse, now looking much as it did in 1834 when it was first built.
    Here you can walk back in time to learn about Tameside's history, and experience for yourself the lifestyle, industries, crafts and trades of previous generations.
    In its peaceful waterside setting, Portland Basin provides the perfect day out.
    After exploring the museum, there are pleasant walks nearby, picnic spots, a heritage trails, and plenty of places to eat and drink. Or you can just relax and watch the canal boats go by.
    Tel 0161 343 2878
  2. Stamford Park: A fine formal park between Ashton and Stalybridge, including superb floral displays throughout the year in the large conservatory.
  3. Canal Trips from Portland Basin: Operated by the Huddersfield Narrow Canal Society (Tel. 0161 339 1332) and the Ashton Packet Boat Company (Tel. 0161 320 8338).
  4. Museum of the Manchesters: At Town Hall, Ashton, this tells the colourful story of the Manchester Regiment. Exhibits include a reconstructed World War 1 trench complete with sound, sight and smell effects and a Second World War air-raid shelter and computer interactive display. Also a feature on 'Women at War' and Medals of the Manchester Regiment. Books and gifts for sale. Admission free. Open Mon - Sat, 10am - 4pm.
    Tel. 0161 342 3078/3710
  5. Ashton Market: One of the oldest and largest in the region. Ashton Market fascinates visitors from near and far. Open daily except Sun, Flea Market Tue.
    Tel. 0161 342 3268
  6. Astley Cheetham Art Gallery: Above the library in Stalybridge with a varied programme of national touring and local exhibitions. Open weekdays, except Thu, 1 - 7, Sat 9 - 4.
    Tel. 0161 338 2708
  7. Cheetham Park and Eastwood RSPB Reserve Stalybridge: A delightful reserve a short distance from Stalybridge Town Centre - the entrance is off Mottram Road (A6018) between the 'Hare and Hounds' pub and Stalybridge Celtic Football Club. It is one of the oldest RSPB reserves in the country and it adjoins Cheetham Park. Open all year round. For further information contact the Cheshire Wildlife Trust.
    Tel. 01270 610180
  8. Stalybridge Town Centre: The canal restoration is providing a new environmentally attractive focus for this town. A new continental-style piazza with bars and bistros will surround the restored canal with its new locks. Other waterfront developments are also being planned.
  9. Stalybridge Country Park: A mile north east of Stalybridge, the Park is based on the Brushes Valley and has four reservoirs. It is being developed to enable visitors to make full use of the countryside in the area. For further details contact the Visitor Centre.
    Tel. 0161 338 8200
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