Museum and gallery to both welcome back visitors

Portland Basin Museum in Ashton and The Astley Cheetham Art Gallery in Stalybridge will be welcoming back visitors this month. 

They are both set to reopen on Wednesday 14 October. 

There will be several changes to the way that the museum operates and visits - which can last around an hour - must now be pre-booked at

Opening hours will also be shortened slightly - to 10am to 3pm Wednesdays to Sundays. 

A one-way system has been put in place around the exhibits, there are hand-sanitising stations, and extra cleaning measures have been introduced. It is also obligatory to wear a face covering and observe social distancing.

The children’s play area remains closed for the time being and usual events have been suspended. However, staff have created a wide range of craft activities to try at home. They are available at

Admission to Portland Basin Museum remains free and there is free parking. People remain welcome to take full advantage of the picturesque walks alongside the surrounding canals.

Cllr Leanne Feeley, Tameside Council’s executive member with responsibility for culture, said: “I’m delighted that we’re able to reopen Portland Basin. It’s one of the most popular visitor attractions in Greater Manchester and I realise how much families will have missed it.

“We have had the situation under constant review but safety had to be our paramount concern. We could only reopen once we were fully confident we were able to do so without putting anyone at risk. The more we all abide by the rules, the faster we can safely reopen Tameside, which is what we all want.”

The Astley Cheetham Art Gallery in Stalybridge (pictured below) will also reopen with extra safety measures in place.

No booking is required to visit the gallery, which is situated inside Stalybridge Library on Trinity Street.

Its opening hours will be Wednesdays 1pm to 5pm, and Saturdays 10am to 3pm.


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