Welcome to the Barras!
Iconic Glasgow Venue
The biggest neon sign in the UK (probably...)
Inspired by Douglas Stuart's Booker Prize-winning novel
Bringing the Market under cover
18th Century Factory mass producing Clay Pipes
Furniture, Antiques & Curios
People make the Barras!
Tenement destroyed during the Clydebank Blitz
Roman Catholic Church, 'The Barras Church'
Shellfish & Social Justice
The oldest sweetie shop in the heart of Glasgow
Plaque honouring the one-time Ross Street resident
Monkey Business in the Barras!
Gallus banter at the Barras
From the sublime to the ridiculous
A walk down Music Memory Lane
In 1921, the story goes, an astute businesswoman by the name of Margaret ‘Maggie’ McIver created a safe place for people to trade from their barrows in Calton, in the East End of Glasgow. What started off as a minimal outdoor trading post for a few locals would become the world-famous Barras market.
Take a wander and learn more about the remarkable Maggie and the other people and businesses who made the area what it was. More than a shopping centre, the market was a thriving entertainment hub, a meeting place, the beating and banter-filled heart of the Glaswegian community.