Worldwide icon-chevron-right Europe icon-chevron-right United Kingdom icon-chevron-right Scotland icon-chevron-right Glasgow icon-chevron-right Nine things you never knew about Glasgow

Nine things you never knew about Glasgow


Did you know about Glasgow's links to one of the most famous comedy double acts in history, the city's part in the development of TV and the saint with their final resting place in the Gorbals? Check out these nine obscure facts about Glasgow which may just surprise you - and feel free to add your own little nuggets of little-known knowledge in the comments.

1) The remains of St Valentine are in Glasgow





















Sent to the city in 1868, his bones now reside in Blessed St John Duns Scotus in the Gorbals.

2) The longest bar in Europe is to be found in Glasgow. Of course.

jan zeschky,




















The famous Horseshoe Bar in the city centre (Drury Street) boasts the longest pub bar at 104 feet and three inches. That's a lot of beer.

3) The first international football game was held in Partick - we're a football loving city after all















On the November 30, 1872 Scotland played England. It ended 0–0 and was watched by 4,000 people.

4) More than 140 people have been given the Freedom of the City since 1800

Leo Reynolds,


















Recipients include Nelson Mandela, Sir Alex Ferguson and Billy Connolly. Amongst other things, the honour gives each the right to graze their cows on Glasgow Green.

5) Stan Laurel made his stage debut in the city

Byron v2,






















Oliver Hardy's future partner moved to Glasgow with his family in the early 1900s. By the time he was 16 he had made his first appearance on-stage at AE Pickard’s Panopticon theatre, in the Trongate area of Glasgow.

6) As well as being architecturally stunning, the Mitchell Library is Europe’s largest public reference library

Robert Orr,


















It has more than one million items of stock. Better start reading.

7) St Mungo, the patron saint of Glasgow, is actually only a nickname which means ‘dear one’

Lawrence OP,




















His real name is St Kentigern. Visit St Mungo's Cathedral to find out more.

8) Glasgow has its own Statue of Liberty

Pete & Brook,




















It lives in Glasgow City Chambers and is a miniature version of New York’s towering sculpture.

9) The first ever TV images were broadcast in Glasgow

Tony Webster,



















Scottish engineer John Logie Baird broadcast the first moving images in 1926 when he transmitted pictures from London’s Royal Institution to Glasgow’s Grand Central Hotel at the city’s Central Station.


See more things to do in Glasgow from Time Out.


Share the story
Latest news