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242 Gallowgate

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1 to 2 hours Time to Spend


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The Barras Market, which encompasses a collection of street vendors, indoor markets, shops and pubs, lures bargain hunters and seekers of curiosities. The market dates back to the early 20th century, when vendors sold goods from handcarts.

Some recent travelers disappointingly noted that the Barras Market has declined in quality, calling the goods for sale "junk." However, the majority of visitors seemed to enjoy their few hours digging through piles of flea market goods and haggling in the market, with some even describing it as a "treasure hunt." Indeed, what some might call seediness is for others precisely the appeal of a place like this.

Access the market off the Argyle Street train station, or hop on a bus that drops you off at Glasgow Cross. Open on Saturdays and Sundays, travelers say the Barras really gets going about 11 a.m. (it officially opens at 9:30 a.m.) and closes at 4:30 p.m. Treasure seekers are advised to keep their eye out for fraudulent goods and for pickpockets. For those wishing to end a day of shopping with an evening of music, the Barrowland Ballroom is close to the Barras. For more information, visit the official website

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