The Tenement House



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The Tenement House shows an unsung but once-typical side of Glasgow life: it is a first-floor flat, built in 1892, with a parlour, bedroom, kitchen and bathroom, furnished with the original recess beds, kitchen range, sink, and coal bunker, among other articles. It was the home of Agnes Toward from 1911 to 1965, and was purchased by an actress who preserved it as a 'time capsule'. The contents vividly portray the life of one section of Glasgow society.

The Tenement House
145 Buccleuch Street,Garnethill,GLASGOW,G3 6QN


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking nearby
  • Facilities: Braille/large print guides, object handling collection
Opening times
  • Opening Times: Open Apr-Jun & Sep-Oct, daily 1-5; Jul-Aug, Mon-Sat 11-5, Sun 1-5

About the area

Discover Glasgow

Scotland’s biggest city is also arguably its youngest. Glasgow may have been founded some 1,500 years ago, but most of what you see today is much more recent. The nightlife is legendary, ranging from a lively clubbing scene to Scottish traditional music in lively bars and pubs. The city claims to be Scotland’s sporting capital, a claim which was reinforced when it was chosen to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Football is as much a local obsession as anywhere in Scotland, with all clubs maintaining a keen rivalry.

Glasgow can claim to be one of Scotland’s most ethnically diverse cities, and it has been since the 19th century. Glasgow’s industrial boom created huge demand for labour at a time when both the Scottish Highlands and Ireland were suffering extreme poverty and even famine, so tens of thousands of people migrated to work in Glasgow’s mills and shipyards. The city also had a sizeable Jewish community, and in the late 19th century, large numbers of Italians migrated to the city. About a century later, Glasgow attracted migrants from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, and as a result you’ll find some of the best Asian food in Scotland here.

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