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Tenement House

145 Buccleuch St. | Garnethill, Glasgow G3 6QN, Scotland
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Ranked #28 of 127 Attractions in Glasgow
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: The Tenement House provides a rare glimpse into life in Glasgow in the early 20th century, in the...
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Sun - Sat 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Owner description: The Tenement House provides a rare glimpse into life in Glasgow in the early 20th century, in the faithfully restored four-room house lived in by Miss Agnes Toward for over half a century. See what it meant to be an 'independent woman' in the first half of the 20th century; experience how ordinary folk lived, and appreciate how many of the household amenities we now take for granted were considered luxuries less than a century ago. Authentic gas lighting has been installed to recreate the atmosphere of the house, which didn't have electric lighting until 1960. An exhibition on the ground floor makes the most of Miss Toward's extensive personal archive, providing a valuable time capsule for visitors today.

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Hamilton, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

If you have a free afternoon this is a lovely museum to visit for an hour, interesting rooms inside the house and a little slice of Glasgow in the centre.

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Cricklade, England
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Despite loads of signs directing us to it - the Tenement House evidently closes for a large part of the winter. Really pleased therefore that we had climbed a huge hill to get to see it - not! Check opening times before you visit. It is noticeable that the museums run by the city are open, welcoming and free -... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Very interesting visit. I was surprised to find that this was a very middle class home as I had arrived here mistakenly expecting to find an impoverished dwelling and learnt that not all tenement dwellers were poor. Fabulously preserved and knowledgeable guides to explain all the history. Parking is limited and astronomical of you use the ticket machines but you... More 

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Bromsgrove, England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Although it was signposted, the signs could have been a little clearer - especially as we were having to cope with umbrellas being blown inside out and driving rain! However, worth the perseverance! Our preconceived ideas of the tenements being slum properties was quickly changed when we saw the elegant rooms and furnishings. The lady who had lived here for... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Wow this really is a thistle in Glasgows cultural crown.Unbelievably interesting insight into Glasgow living in the 1900's.A must if your visiting Glasgow.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Very interesting and surprisingly middle class. Just to have a bath and toilet indoors makes you realise these were not poor people living here. The flat inside was roomy considering it was a single woman living there in the past. The exhibition downstairs was worth the reading and the tools used to make do, especially the toilet paper which I... More 

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

My wife lived in a tenement house as a child so this brought back memories of a byegone era. Well presented by the National Trust, this house is well worth a visit for it's authenticity.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

I must say I didn't expect very much when some friends brought us by, but sure was glad they did. Found it fascinating. Provides you with a very graphic and tangible glimpse of what it must have been like to live in a world very different than our own. We take so much for granted. The volunteer staff are enthusiastic... More 

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Daylesford, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

She & her Mum lived here (four rooms upstairs on the right) for 70+ years. It is as it was - a living museum displaying everything from the extra straw mattress to the improvised clothes line. And this was lower middle class living - She had a job until she was 73 - no safety net here. This was Glasgow... More 

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Newbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014 via mobile

This is a really great exhibition. Being the home and household objects of a one real woman, Miss Toward, this is an enthralling step back in time. You really feel the incredibly different way of life from a century ago. It really makes you realise how different things are now. Quite extraordinary!

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