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“Worth visiting if you are a NT member; otherwise, expensive” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Tenement House

Tenement House
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City Sightseeing Glasgow Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Ranked #24 of 268 things to do in Glasgow
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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.
Barnoldswick, England
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“Worth visiting if you are a NT member; otherwise, expensive”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2013

We enjoyed looking round the flat but hadn't appreciated at first that it was only four rooms. It was interesting but a very short experience for £6.50 per adult. I would only recommend going if you are a member of the National Trust and can get in for free.

Visited October 2013
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Dundee, United Kingdom
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“Worth a visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2013

The tenement is worth a visit, as everything still in place when the occupier lived there, before being hospitalised, but sadly never returned to. A bit of a hike to get there as not well signposted (something the trust are trying to get the council to alter) but really nice people welcome you in, and show you around, worth a visit

Visited October 2013
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Paisley, United Kingdom
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“Wonderful piece of social history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2013

We were so glad we made the decision to go here as it was the last day this year that the house was open. The forward thinking of a previous owner resulted in the National Trust being able to preserve and maintain this wonderful piece of history. A beautifully equipped middle class, compact tenement flat. It provides an absolutely factual look back it time. Gas lighting, coal store in kitchen, magnificent fire range etc, but the bathroom was a real surprise. At a time when most others had basic outdoor WCs, here was a bathroom with first class facilities and 'Style'. The venue provides the tour of a complete tenement flat, and on another level a very interesting historical display including aspects of social history , and 'come and touch me items. An absolute must - pity it 's opening season s curtailed.

Visited October 2013
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“Fantastic bit of history but a little expensive”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2013

This is a National Trust property so free if you're a member but, I thought, a little expensive if you're not.

Saying that, it's a great place to visit. I was really surprised how posh the house was as I'd assumed tenements were housing for the very poor. It even has a rather grand indoor bathroom!

The lady who lived there seemed to have never thrown anything away but this means there is so much period stuff to see, right down to packaging, receipts and war-time recipes torn out of magazines. The guides are also very knowledgeable and friendly.

It doesn't take a long time to visit but I'd recommend this.

Visited October 2013
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“Fascinating look at the past”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2013

The National Trust maintains this property in the Garnethill area of Glasgow. It was the home of a clerical worker and her seamstress mother, and is preserved to show exactly what their middle class living conditions were like.

The two women lived comfortably for their time in this four room flat. The detail, such as wallpaper, beds in the closet, textiles, the kitchen stove, etc. are wonderfully displayed. As the friendly guides explained, the woman who lived here was a bit of a packrat, and many of her original possessions are used in the exhibit, including food packages in the cupboards.

If you are interested in social history, make every effort to visit the Tenement House.



The expectation that 'tenement' means 'slum' is rapidly punctured by the period elegance of what is actually a really attractive apartment. A different side to Glasgow's social history

Visited October 2013
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