The Tenement House is a historic house museum in Glasgow, owned and operated by the National Trust for Scotland.
It is located at 145 Buccleuch Street, in the Garnethill area, near Charing Cross railway station and Cowcaddens subway station. The property is a flat in an 1892 tenement building, preserved in its condition from the early 20th century. The flat was owned by Agnes Toward from 1911 until 1965; after her death it and its contents were acquired by the Trust, which opened it to the public. The museum received 23,456 visitors in 2019.
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|Tuesday||11:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Wednesday||11:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
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|Sunday||1:00 – 5:00 PM|
Brian Allison | Dec 1, 2017
Enjoyed trip to tenement house. Was a step back in time....staff were very friendly and knowledgeable. Well worth a visit.
Lynda Butler | Feb 23, 2018
So worth the visit. Staff are knowledgeable and friendly
Carol Mercer | Nov 2, 2017
Excellent property. Very enthusiastic staff. Very interesting. Lived it
Elaine McCarthy | Sep 24, 2017
Got there later than planned but enthusiastic staff still showed me around and answered questions. Not about poor people (see People's Palace for that), one woman's home, her story, her things: fascinating
Memento Mori | Jan 15, 2018
An early XX century popular flat, looks like they are just gone ...! A travel into the past!
Eleanor Hollis | Apr 2, 2018
Interesting place. Worth a quick visit if you are a national trust member.
Stacey Smith | Apr 1, 2018
While on a trip to Glasgow, Google maps suggested this place as a free attraction. Be warned, it is still fun and educational, but it is not free.
Gerry Mcbride | Mar 18, 2018
Went to this place when i was at school can still remember the box bed in the old style kitchen and the gas mask hanging on a coat stand by the door, brilliant historical place to show how we used to live and that was the name of the exercise we did at primary school, great memories.
Mark Florence | Apr 6, 2018
Very interesting place shows you what life was like before all the technology and things we take for granted
Corey Popp | Apr 28, 2018
This is so far one of my favorite places in Glasgow. It's basically just a 4 room tenement house, but the history of the house and it's owner is really interesting. The staff is incredibly knowledgeable and they welcome questions. Really cool history of what it was like to live through war in Glasgow. There is a charge for this museum but it is worth it if you are interested in walking through a tenement house in pristine historical condition. Nothing is roped off, but they are watchful as they don't eant you to touch anything. You can get up close and really get a feel for the house. I highly recommend it.
Dave Cheeseborough | May 9, 2018
Great place to visit. The story behind the house and it's last tenant is fascinating. It's amazing how little it has changed allowing a real insight into what life was like for those living there.
Carol Boyd | Apr 10, 2018
So interesting to see how people used to live amazing to realise the house was untouched for so many years the staff were very friendly and helpful fantastic atmosphere not much in the way of parking space got to be really lucky to get parked close to the tenement building but definitely worth a walk if your a wee bit further away.
William Routledge | Jun 4, 2018
A fantastic snapshot of "real life" in the late 19th-early 20th century in Glasgow. Downstairs an exhibition and display cases take you through the concept and design of the tenements, and how they were used. Upstairs is the "house" as it would have been lived in by its last owner. Gas lighting, range stove, and original artefacts and furniture that used to belong to Miss Agnes Toward. The room stewards really help to make tenement life come alive. Great enthusiasm, and a deep knowledge of their subject. Highly recommended.
Andrew Edwards | May 23, 2018
Excellent time capsule, very informative and interesting place. I would highly recommend it.
Jennifer Smith | Jun 25, 2018
I went here because it was free with my National Trust membership. I found the history of the home and the types of these buildings fascinating and the fact the home is so well-preserved is a good window into the past. In particular I appreciated the gas lighting as you can really feel the heat from the bulbs! The ground floor has an overview of the building and flat history as well as the woman whose flat this belonged to. The flat itself is very cozy. Took about 20 minutes-half inside with volunteers about, ready to explain further.
Andrew Coates | Jun 16, 2018
A fascinating building. Untouched and everything in its place as was. I really like that it still uses gas lighting, you can smell it as soon as you enter the building. I also love the way other properties in the stair are still privately owned and the Tenement House just exists in the block as it would have done when occupied. It is not as if the whole block has been purchased and mothballed. The National Trust have however purchased and converted one of the lower flats into an information / education area for school trips and a gift shop but the rest of the stair properties are just private residencies.
Katie McPherson | Jun 21, 2018
Had a fantastic visit here - great look into a piece of historic everyday Glasgow life, and the NTS staff were filled with wonderful insights. We spent a good hour in the property, hearing the story of the tenant, Miss Toward, and the social changes she would have experienced, while her home was frozen in time. Go here if you want to learn more about the history of Glasgow, as well as the history of one individual. Also shout out to Joan Murdoch, the guide that we talked to for ages about the future of Scotland, family heritage, growing up in Glasgow, and how to spend your money before you lose your marbles!
melanie young | Jun 26, 2018
Really enjoyed our visit to The Tenement House. Well preserved glimpse into the past. Also found the staff very knowledgeable and friendly.
Margaret Reddy | Aug 8, 2018
A real snapshot in time of a Scottish tenement house from 1935. The woman who lived there, Agnes Toward, kept her home relatively unchanged from 1935 until she posed in the 70s.. It is a great representation of life in Glasgow during that time. And, unlike in the US, a 'tenement' doesn't have the same connotation of poverty. It was more of a house than an apartment, and the building was a true community. There is a guide in every room to answer questions, and the lady in the kitchen is especially knowledgeable and engaging. Enter into the ground floor to buy a ticket and see the display rooms below with letters and other info on the timeframe, then go upstairs to visit the 5 room (plus 2 sleeping cubbies) tenement. This place is ABSOLUTELY worth a visit in Glasgow if you like history.
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