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242 Gallowgate

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Free

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Shopping, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.2

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  • 5.0Value
  • 3.0Facilities
  • 3.0Atmosphere

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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#1 The Burrell Collection

Travelers express astonishment at this museum's near pitch-perfection. The Burrell Collection's glass walls not only encase a variety of objects and artworks, but they also usher in the surrounding woodlands. In the collection, donated by the late millionaire Sir William Burrell, you'll find everything from Chinese ceramics to Rodin sculptures to more than 20 Degas paintings. After you've had your fill of the museum, you can wander around the surrounding Pollok Country Park.

Under normal circumstances, the Burrell Collection can be viewed for free. Travelers highly recommend you take advantage of this steal, saying the museum's variety of art and its milieu are beyond compare. However, in 2018, the museum temporarily closed for a major overhaul and is expected to reopen in the spring of 2021. During the renovation, tourists can visit the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, which is hosting a series of free exhibits that highlight different items in the Burrell's collection.

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