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The Barras Market

Held every Saturday and Sunday 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM, the Barras Market is a gigantic outdoor and indoor flea market. It's best to get here early in the morning before it gets crowded. You can get anything from antiques to new electronic appliances, collector's vinyl Beatles records, knitted goods, cigarettes, fresh produce, clothes, and bootleg DVDs. The crowd and workers at the Barras are mostly from the working class, people range from honest hard-working churchgoers to real tough thugs and hooligans. Officials have been exasperated by counterfeit and bootlegs here, they rarely perform raids. There aren't any businessmen in suits hanging out here (they find it a little frightening)--this is the place to meet some real Glaswegians!
There are several different buildings within the Barras, with different names such as "McIver's Market", and the buildings seem to loosely categorize items (i.e., all of the antiques are in one building). Some of the buildings are interconnected and have mazelike areas, where you find strange nooks that have things like a barbershop inside. As well as the market buildings, there are lots of items on outdoor tables.
In the early 1900s, a woman named Margaret Russell, who originally began by renting carts and wheelbarrows ("barras") to local hawkers and peddlers, bought a plot of land and began renting out "static barras" and space on the land. She created her own market, "Glasgow Barrowland", now known as "the Barras".
Do not take photos of locals at the Market without asking their permission first (or at least stand far enough away to run if you have to). I saw a very scared tourist almost get pummeled by a big, colourful brute of a local for taking his picture. To them, I guess, they're not the tourist attraction--this is everyday life.

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Dec 20, 2005

Must see

Only on Saturday's & Sunday's.

They call it "The Patter" - I make a point of trying to visit The Barrs every time I go there. It is the true heart of Glasgow.

The Patter

It is a dialect unique to Glasgow. It is a blend of humour, direct honesty and realism. You probably will not undestanding it ... but it is well intentioned and you will probably feel it.


There is a unique feeling that you are being ripped off by nice people.

The prices are right, the brand is perfect, you lick your lips as you hand over your money. Net result is an original Picasso for your own personal use - 5 Euros.

Suffice to say I have a true Guggenheimer exibit of originals here.

Historical Side - Nearby

Peoples Palace

Wonderful true insight to Glasgows historry. Although I am from Glasgow I still visit there to learn about my past.

There is a fantastic glass covered exotic garden attached to this. Have a coffe there before visiting Glasgow Green.

Glasgow Green

A protected Green Place in the heart of the city. It is the place of its people. Nothing much there other than 1,000 years testimony to the history of the city I was born in and still love.


Is where the Barras are based. This was where the original route to the centre of the old city was based Trongate. Gallowgate as it implies is where the hangings of criminals took place in history.

Heilan Jessies

Old pub restored about 500 yards from The Barras to the east. Maybe worth a visit.

Saracens Head Inn

Reputed to be the oldest pub in Glasgow. Well worth a visit - even if you just open the door & say ... "Woooow" then leave. The pub does not need your trade ... try it. The bar tenders are usually true Glaswegians.

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Apr 09, 2004

The Barras Market

You can buy everything at the barras market.From furniture to computers and pirate cd' and dvd's.Worth a visit if you're in the city over the weekend, but beware that it's definitely at the lower end of the Glasgow shopping experience in terms of quality of material.But you can allways find a bargain.

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Sep 05, 2003

Another thing which must be...

Another thing which must be done when in Glasgow is a visit to the 'Barras'. It is this huge crazy market with old men and women shouting in your ear as you walk past, but you can get some great bargains there. Everything that you can think of is sold there from cheap cigarettes to gravestones to houseplants to remote controls...if you ever need something, you can find it there!!

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Sep 07, 2002
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The barras is a big local...

The barras is a big local market that sells absolutly everything. Its on all day Saturday and Sunday. About a 10min walk from the city centre. There are loads of free museums and parks around the area too. Try the Transport Museum, the Art Galleries or the Peoples Palace.

Aug 26, 2002

visit The Barrows Glasgow's...

visit The Barrows Glasgow's flea market.
Location: Gallowgate
Saturday and Sunday, you can get everything there from secondhand clothes, cheap cigarettes, cheap goceries, antique stuff whatever you like...
quite busy place with kind of Glaswegian holiday atmosphere

Aug 25, 2002
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