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Greater Glasgow & The Clyde Valley

The Tenement House

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About this place

An authentic time capsule of life in early 20th-century Glasgow

  • Experience what life would’ve been like under the dim glow of gaslight.
  • Find out about the Towards, who called the Tenement House their home.
  • Admire the original fixtures and fittings, including the coal-fired kitchen range.
  • Discover quirky items, including a pot of homemade jam dated 1929!
  • Enjoy a delicious hot drink or a browse in our shop – there’s no need to buy an admission ticket for the café.
  • Look out for our archive sessions and mini talks, when you can go behind the scenes to look at some of our hidden treasures.

Upon first glance, the Tenement House may seem like an ordinary middle-class tenement from the late 19th century, situated in Garnethill. However, as soon as you step inside, you are transported to a different era. The four rooms, meticulously restored, appear as if frozen in time, offering a unique window into life in early 20th-century Glasgow.

Miss Agnes Toward, a shorthand typist, made this house her home from 1911 until 1965. With great affection and care, she preserved her furniture and belongings, refusing to part with items that most people would have discarded. This extensive personal collection, now a precious time capsule, offers a unique opportunity for present-day visitors to connect and empathise with the past. Moreover, the Tenement House illuminates the experiences of an ‘independent woman’ during that era, a story that is sure to resonate.

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Today's Opening Hours

10.00–17.00 (last entry 16.30)
Wally Dug café
10.00–17.00 (last entry 16.30)
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Entry prices

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One adult family
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Accreditations and awards

  • A navy oval badge from the Scottish Tourist Board, showing 4 stars for a Visitor Attraction. There is an illustrated green and purple thistle at the top of the badge.
  • A green oval badge showing the Visit Scotland thistle logo and 'The Green Tourism Business Scheme' logo with the words: silver in capital letters.

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