Five things you didn’t know about the city of Glasgow


It’s Scotland’s largest city (and the fourth largest in the UK) and choc-full of fascinating facts from a long history.

Here are five fabulous titbits about Glasgow you may not know….

1. The Horse Shoe Bar on Drury Street was established in 1884 by Cavalry Captain John Scouller. At 104ft 4in in length it is the longest bar in the UK.

Roy Rogers and Trigger rode all the way round the bar in 1954.

The Horseshoe Bar (Facebook)
The Horseshoe Bar (Facebook)

2. The oldest known use of the word ‘Glaswegian’ was in Walter Scott’s Rob Roy in 1817. The first use of it’s shortened (and sometimes insulting) version, ‘Weegie’ is not recorded.

Sir Walter Scott is behind the term 'weegie'...
Sir Walter Scott is behind the term ‘Glaswegian’…

3. At 62 metres high, Cineworld Glasgow is the tallest cinema in the world. Perfect for watching The Towering Inferno in…

It's tall! (Barrie Marshall / DC Thomson)
It’s tall! (Barrie Marshall / DC Thomson)

4. Can’t afford a trip to New York to see the Statue of Liberty? No problem – simply pop down to Glasgow City Chambers and you’ll find a miniature Statue of Liberty, on the front of the building.

Looks familiar! (MetalGreymon / Imgur)
Looks familiar! (MetalGreymon / Imgur)

5. Part of St Valentine’s remains are housed in the church of Scotus in the Gorbals. How romantic.

St Valentine
Poor old St Valentine