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“A hidden gem”
Review of Tenement House

Tenement House
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City Sightseeing Glasgow Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Ranked #22 of 275 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.
Worthing, England, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“A hidden gem”
Reviewed 17 August 2014

I recently visited Glasgow to watch some of the Commonwealth Games events, and to take in a new city. My issue with the city (and I make no apologies for this) is that there is little to see, given two free afternoons (particularly when many roads are closed because of sports events, the city is packed with sporting tourists and there are loads of building works going on). Having visited Edinburgh less than a year before, Glasgow's industrial nature contrasts markedly with the capital's historic friendliness.

Having said that, one of the things on my list to see was the Tenement House. Inhabited by one lady for over 50 years. When she moved out, and later passed away, the apartment had changed little, with many of the fixtures and fittings her original belongs from decades of collecting.

It is not the largest museum in the world - it is a tenement, after all - but the four rooms downstairs given an interesting insight into the owner's life, while the tenement itself is a real eye-opener. While I connected 'tenement' to squalor and disorder, this is, in fact, a spacious, middle-class home.

If you're only in the city for a short time, I would definitely recommend this little gem.

Visited July 2014
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“An interesting step back in time”
Reviewed 10 August 2014 via mobile

We all enjoyed our visit to the tenement house. It was a step back in time and the staff there were very informative. The information throughout brought the whole house to life. Definitely worth a visit.

Visited August 2014
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Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom
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“A step back in time”
Reviewed 8 August 2014

The Tenement House provides an authentic view of life in a middle class Victorian tenement building and there are plenty of staff on hand to answer questions and share their extensive knowledge with you.

Visited August 2014
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Essex
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“An insight into another lifetime”
Reviewed 30 July 2014 via mobile

An amazing tenement flat kept as it was lived in. It didn't even have electricity until 1960. A glimpse into a middle class city dwelling.

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Wrexham, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Unique view of the past”
Reviewed 20 July 2014

Visited The Tenement House during a holiday to Scotland and it was excellent. It gives perfect insight into how people lived in the tenements all those years ago. Gas lights, cooking range and mangle all bring back memories and fire the imagination. This is a practically untouched dwelling since the last tenant so is really worth a visit, especially useful if you are tracing a family tree and finding out where/how previous generations lived.

Very pleasant and helpful staff who were able to talk about all aspects of the house and answer any questions. Really worthwhile and valuable visit.

Visited July 2014
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