The Barras Market has been around since the late 19th century, providing visitors with anything and everything they could need. Today, it’s still going strong with plenty of food spots and items to buy available for everyone who comes by. However, among all the markets in the UK, The Barras Market has been named the least popular, according to Capital On Tap.
The credit card company has “analysed 30 of the top markets in the UK and ranked them based on a variety of metrics”, such as monthly searches, as well as Google ratings. What is more, the research unravelled which markets are the most popular on Instagram and TikTok.
The Barras Market in Glasgow is the least popular in the UK, having the worst Google rating of 3.8 and generating 9,900 monthly Google searches. Edinburgh Farmers Market didn’t do so well either, ranking fourth on the list and generating 2,900 Google searches per month.
Ford Airfield Market in West Sussex is the second least favourite market in the UK, while Venn Street Market in London is the third.
However, there is still a win for Scotland, as the Stockbridge Market in Edinburgh is Scotland’s highest-rated market, with an average score of 4.5 from 2,914 reviews. As the largest market in London, Camden has been crowned the UK’s favourite market. Open seven days a week, the market has 165,000 monthly Google searches, as well as 116,900 Google reviews, and an average rating of 4.6.
The Barras Market was first opened in 1888, starting off from small beginnings with a modest fruit shop on Main Street, Bridgeton. The location of The Barras Market still standing today on London Road has been around since 1921, as James and Maggie McIver launched the brand new location after the First World War. Initially, the market sold anything and everything from furniture to a single needle. What is more, Maggie McIver founded the Barrowland Ballroom, one of the most famous entertainment venues in Glasgow today.
While the rest of the UK might not enjoy our wee Barras as much, we still have a lot of love for the market and it certainly shows in Glasgow.