Paisley Travel Guide

  • Paisley Abbey.
    Paisley Abbey.
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  • Paisley's Coat of Arms.
    Paisley's Coat of Arms.
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  • The Graveyard of Oakshaw Trinity Church.
    The Graveyard of Oakshaw Trinity Church.
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Paisley Things to Do

  • The Oakshaw Trinity Church

    Paisley's old town is filled with churches. Another attractive one is the Oakshaw Trinity Church. This church is set on a hill above High Street. It has a small graveyard. The Hutcheson's Charity School is next to the church. The church was closed when we visited.

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  • The Thomas Coats Memorial Church

    This church is just a short walk past the museum. It is a beautiful building and looked very impressive from the outside. Unfortunately it was closed when we visited. The Thomas Coats Memorial Church is a baptist church and is sometimes referred to as the Baptist Cathedral of Europe. It was built in 1894 and the construction was funded by close...

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  • Paisley Museum and Art Gallery

    Paisley Museum and Art Gallery is situated on High Street next to the library. When we visited it was being renovated and the art gallery part was closed, so we only visited the museum. The exhibits in the main hall were a real mixed bag with stuffed lions and iguanadon footprints, Ancient Egypt and local history. The local history part had...

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  • Paisley Abbey

    Paisley Priory was founded in 1163 when Walter Fitzalan, the High Steward of Scotland, signed a charter allowing the founding of a Cluniac monastery on land he owned in Renfrewshire. After the signing of the charter, thirteen Clunaic monks came to Scotland from Much Wenlock in Shropshire to set up a priory. Their priory was to stand on the site of...

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  • The White Cart Water

    Paisley is situated on the White Cart Water. This joins together with the Black Cart Water to form the River Cart. The River Cart is a short river which flows into the River Clyde opposite Clydebank.

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  • Paisley Town Hall

    Paisley Town Hall is an impressive building located on the banks of the White Cart Water near the Paisley Abbey.George A.Clark, one of the Clarks who owned Paisley's thread mills, left £20,000 in his will to the people of Paisley in 1873 so they could build a town hall. Paisley Town Hall was officially opened in January 1882.It is used as an...

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  • Inside Paisley Abbey

    Paisley Abbey is free to enter though you can give an optional donation towards the abbey's upkeep. The abbey is beautiful inside with many wonderful stain glass windows. I liked the pews that had arm rests carved to look like animals.There was an exhibition inside the abbey about the Paisley drain. This was found by archaeologists from Glasgow...

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  • Dunn Square

    On the banks of the White Cart Water just across the road from the war memorial stands Dunn Square. The square is a pleasant open area with good views towards the town hall and the abbey. The square contains several statues including Queen Victoria, Thomas Coats and Peter Coats who were wealthy Paisley mill owners and a mother and children statue...

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  • Paisley War Memorial

    We exited Gilmour Street Station and walked straight ahead towards the city centre; the first site we passed was the Paisley War Memorial.The War Memorial is located at the junction of Gilmour Street and Moss Street. The memorial depicts a knight in armour sitting on a horse. Four more modern soldiers from the two world wars trudge along beside...

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  • Paisley Abbey

    Paisley Abbey squats in the centre of the town. A large building 279 feet long its square tower is unadorned with a spire, which makes it lower for its size than many church building. Nevertheless it is visible from most areas of the town. Paisley Abbey founded in 1163 began life as a Priory of the Cluniac Order. The founder, Walter Fitzalan, was...

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  • Paisley Museum and Art Gallery

    The 1871 Paisley Museum & Art Gallery building is an outstanding example of Victorian architecture and a fitting monument to the former wealth of the town. Its exhibitions contain a sculpture gallery, ceramics, an Egyptian section, and an art gallery. A social history displays draws on photography held in its huge archive. It also has a gallery on...

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  • The Coats Observatory

    The heavens have always fascinated mankind. Aloof, ordered, mysterious, many speculated that it might even have some control over us. It is not surprising therefore that astronomy is the oldest of the sciences. Ancient civilisations looked to the heavens and marvelled at what they saw. Telescopes brought the far distances closer and allowed better...

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  • Sma' Shot Cottages

    Paisley boomed during the 19th century driven by the weaving of scarves, shawls and ties with Paisley patterns by its workers. A visit to Sma' Shot Cottages gives us a glimpse back to this time - around the time of the Battle of Waterloo and during the reign of Queen Victoria.Opened in 1990, this attraction consists of two traditional workers'...

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  • Town Hall

    The Paisley Town Hall (originally George Atiken Clark Town Hall) presents a nice view to three different sides. If it looks familar to anyone from Northern Ireland - the architect also did Belfast central library.Popular for weddings and concerts, it sometimes takes the notion of bigger name acts to play just for a new town on the tour - Morrisey...

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  • The Car Park in the Sky

    This is the local wags'name for the car park for the Robertson Park, Sergeantlaw Road up Gleniffer Braes, just to the South of Paisley (on the back road to Ayrshire border with Renfrewshire)

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  • Father of American Independence

    This is the statue of the Reverend John Witherspoon, formerly of the Laigh Kirk in Paisley, now the Arts Centre. It is on the High Street at the entrance to Paisley University.As alluded to in my introduction to Paisley, not only was he a signatory, but it was he who took the Scotttish Declaration of Arbroath to the American colonies in the 1770s...

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  • Museum & Art Galleries

    The Paisley Museum & Art Galleries shares the marvellous Hellenic looking building which dates from the 1870s with the Central library. Filled with curios it has never been in a position to compete as an art gallery, but the collection of antique shawls is arguably the finest in the world. Visiting exhibitions always worth a look.Admission...

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  • Baptist Cathedral of Europe

    The Thomas Coats Memorial Church began construction in the late 1800s, and is the biggest Baptist church in Europe. The Coats, like the Clarks, were mill owners who produced thread and helped make the Paisley pattern (originally from India) a world wide favourite to this day. it is known as 'the Baptist Cathedral of Euroe'

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Paisley Hotels

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Paisley Restaurants

  • Not worth visiting

    Hometown Foodworld Is a restaurant which specialises in a "world buffet" - Chinese, British, Italian, Mexican and British. However the food just lies in the containers all day long and dries out. The food then becomes rock solid and not edible. The food itself is not of real Chinese, Italian or Mexican standard. I can judge this as I eat regularly...

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  • AWESOME INDIAN FOOD!

    An amazing find in Paisley and a true culinary jewel. The finest Indian food I have ever eaten, in one of the finest settings for a restaurant. High end look, feel, and service, but at reasonable prices. Classy setting, but tired bacpackers are welcomed along with tuxedo clad arts enthusiasts. Perfect for a date with a special person, or for the...

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  • Chinatown, Moss Street ?

    Palace Royale serves Cantonese and Peking cuisine - it is upstairs of this noodle bar on Moss Street. It is right next to a competitor on Moss Street, and there is another take away besides. 75 metres away opn the corner of Gilmour Street are a further two Chinese restaurants - wonder if they will all last ? A 4-course all you can eat £6.50 lunch...

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Paisley Nightlife

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    by eledhwen Written Aug 24, 2002

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    PRAVDA disco in Paisley!
    Great fun and dancing to the three o´clock in the morning. The live dico with many different stars like DJ Alice - she is the number one in Paisley or maybe whole Scotland.

    Dress Code: Gentlemans in a shirt, ladies clean and not very naked.

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Paisley Shopping

  • The locally produced whisky

    Off Licences, supermarkets and Glasgow Airport Duty Free - selling the famous international brand Chivas Scotch whisky, bottled and blended locally in Paisley from a Highland (Strathisla in Speyside) source Scotland is ironically one of the more expensive countries to buy Scotch whisky in - punitive local tax outweighs txes and import costs and...

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  • The locally produced whisky

    Off Licences, supermarkets and Glasgow Airport Duty Free - selling the famous international brand Chivas Scotch whisky, distilled locally in Paisley from a Highland (Strathisla in Speyside) source Scotland is ironically one of the more expensive countries to buy Scotch whisky in - punitive local tax outweighs txes and import costs and duties many...

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  • Local produce with surprises

    The farmer's market is held on the second and fourth Saturday of every month at the pedestrianized County Square, right outside Gilmour Street train station, which is ten minutes by train from Glasgow Central.Features local produce plus a few twists, I usually stock up on duck eggs (£1.30 for six) the occasional goose egg (about £1.50 each) and...

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Paisley Local Customs

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    by Paisleypaul Written Aug 14, 2005

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    Not a custom, just a history lesson - the first cars produced in Scotland were made in Paisley by Arrol Johnson, on Underwood Road / corner of Kerr Street from around 1901.

    The old Arrol Johnson dog carts are beauties - I am not a car afficianado, but when you ever get the chance to, go and see. Enthusiasts show cars around Scotland and the UK from time to time

    Arrol Johnson DogCarts at Gilmour St. station 2002
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Paisley Warnings and Dangers

  • Uncomfortable Place In the Evenings?

    I chose to modify this tip after reading a posting from Dedalus54, a local. I had a rather uncomfortable Friday evening visit to Paisley last year. Given Paisley's proximity to the Glasgow airport (and therefore a likely last night out for many before leaving Scotland), I felt it important to let others know about my experience. The long and short...

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  • Paisley in the evenings

    I'm sorry that birdmanimal had such a bad experience of my home town. Don't get me wrong - indiscriminate violence isn't unknown in Paisley but the town is no worse than many other comparable places in the UK. But that's no recommendation. However I'd say that as an overseas visitor you'd be pretty safe - it's the locals who have to be careful! As...

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  • Paisley Hotels

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Paisley Favorites

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    by Paisleypaul Written Jul 17, 2005

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    Favorite thing: As stated elsewhere, Paisley has visitors rather than tourists, but the Tourist Information Centre is at 9a Gilmour Street - about 2.5 KM / 1.5 miles from Glasgow Airport and just outside the main train station

    Fondest memory: Tel 0141 889 0711

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