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Paisley Visitor information

Paisley is one of Scotland’s biggest towns with a rich history, especially in textiles. It was one of five UK cities to have been shortlisted for the UK City of Culture 2021.

It is home to architectural treasures, hidden gems and a vibrant cultural scene. The easily-walkable historic centre has Scotland’s largest concentration of listed buildings, including the iconic 850-year-old Paisley Abbey and Scotland’s oldest public observatory.

The iconic Paisley Pattern design was favoured across the world and worn by figures from Queen Victoria to the Beatles. Paisley Museum is home to a Recognised Collection of National Significance including Paisley shawls, working looms and pattern books.

Make sure to check out Paisley Thread Mill Museum, founded in 2003 which  tells the story of the Clarks and Coats Thread Mills of Paisley,  They explain the story of Thread Making in Paisley from its origin in 1722 to the close of the last mill in 1993.

Travel 

Most of the town centre can be done by foot, as the city centre is rather small, but if you wish to get around or visit Glasgow, frequent bus services run between Paisley and Glasgow Buchanan Street bus station.

Paisley Gilmour Street railway station is the largest of the four stations serving the town of Paisley. Paisley is on the Glasgow to Greenock and Glasgow to Ayrshire lines. The train from Glasgow Central Station takes approximately 15 minutes. The Paisley Canal line also connects Paisley with Glasgow Central Station.

Glasgow International Airport is within the town's boundaries. A large number of airlines fly here to many locations throughout the UK, Europe and beyond. The airport terminal is just 2km from Paisley town center. Frequent buses run between the town centre and the airport.

Glasgow Prestwick International Airport is about 30 miles from Paisley. There is a train link from Prestwick Airport to Paisley Gilmour Street station.

History of Paisley

Paisley is a town situated in the west of Scotland, just outside Glasgow. 

The origin of the town starts in the 6th century when the Irish monk Saint Mirin – Patron Saint of Paisley - who was on a missionary journey in Scotland arrived where the town of Paisley stands today, he then founded the religion community there, and the community soon became Paisley Abbey. 

After his death, a chapel within the Abbey of Paisley was dedicated to Mirin, his shrine became a centre of pilgrimage. The Abbey contains a sculptured stone frieze depicting his life and his image has been engraved on the seal of the Abbey, depicting him in the vestments of a bishop. The Abbey contains some wonderful artefacts including the Barochan Cross and memorials to Marjorie Bruce, daughter of Robert the Bruce, and also King Robert III, who is believed to have been buried somewhere in the Abbey grounds.

The Roman Catholic Cathedral is also named in his honour. Built in 1931 the Neo-Romanesque style building. The interesting spots are the pulpit by Gillespie, Kidd and Coia, with a representation of the Sermon on the Mount sculpted in relief from sandstone, and the Stations of the Cross designed by Kenneth King of Dublin which are Art Deco in style. In the apse four colourful tripartite stained glass windows portray the Twelve Apostles.

Thomas Coats Memorial Baptist Church, also known as the Baptist Cathedral of Europe. It has been a dominant feature of Paisley’s skyline for over 100 years with its striking crown steeple. The history of this Church comes from Thomas Coats, who was the co-founder of the world famous J&P Coats company and a devout member of the Baptist Church. He was committed to the wellbeing of his town, involved in the restoration of the Paisley Abbey and funding projects such as the Paisley fountain gardens. After his death in 1883, his family funded the construction of the Baptist Church in his memory. 

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