From fascinating historic statues to buildings overflowing with traditional charm, walking through Paisley is a rewarding cultural experience. Enjoy an eclectic mix of new and old in Scotland’s largest town.
Things to do in Paisley
Tour a magnificent array of art and artefacts at the Paisley Museum & Art Gallery. Learn about Paisley’s industrial roots and important textile contributions and survey a range of Scottish artwork. Don’t miss the largest collection of Paisley shawls in the world, an iconic pattern that put Paisley on the map.
Watch the world go by and spend a relaxing day at Barshaw Park. More than 20 attractions are available to enjoy in this sprawling city park, from face painting and karaoke to live performances, falconry demonstrations and vintage fire engines.
Wander along the cobbled lanes in the Oakshaw area of Paisley and observe its beautiful Neoclassical architecture. Oakshaw is the oldest district in town where Romans once occupied a fort and is also home to the Coats Observatory, John Neilson Institution, PACE Theatre and picturesque Meetinghouse Lane.
Don’t miss Paisley Abbey, which was built more than 800 years ago and served as the centre of life in Paisley for many centuries. Examine the intricate gargoyles that surround its exterior, including a recent addition, which resembles the monster from the movie “Alien”.
Getting around Paisley
You can reach Paisley by flying into Glasgow International Airport. Buses connect to the town centre within 30 minutes. Buses and trains are available for transport within Paisley, but hiring a car is an efficient way to see attractions further afield.