Basin Museum: Is the centrepiece of the recently rebuilt Ashton
Canal Warehouse, now looking much as it did in 1834 when it was first
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
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
Park: A fine formal park between Ashton and Stalybridge, including
superb floral displays throughout the year in the large conservatory.
Trips from Portland Basin: Operated by the Huddersfield Narrow
Canal Society (Tel. 0161 339 1332) and
the Ashton Packet Boat Company (Tel. 0161 320
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
Market: One of the oldest and largest in the region. Ashton Market
fascinates visitors from near and far. Open daily except Sun, Flea Market
Tel. 0161 342 3268
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
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
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.
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