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The town of Paisley gave its name to the famous teardrop or tadpole shape pattern that is often associated with Indian textiles. The pattern became known as paisley in the 19th century as the town became the centre of production for fashionable shawls bearing the motif. Paisley is also well known for shipbuilding and engineering. After these industries went into decline, the b...Read more
Paisley is seven miles west of Glasgow and is in the county of Renfrewshire. The town centre is currently the subject of a major long-term transformation, which is being carried out by the Paisley Vision Board – a partnership between private, public and voluntary sector stakeholders and Renfrewshire Council. Student life is a big part of the town as it is home to a campus ...Read more
The annual Paisley 10k Road Race takes place in August and attracts hundreds of runners of all ages. The event also includes a fun run and many other activities, and is organised by Renfrewshire Council. The Two Rivers Rock Festival is a free music event that usually takes place at the end of August. This festival provides a platform for local bands and the performances take p...Read more
Paisley Museum is free to visit and contains extensive collections including Egyptian artefacts and the Paisley Shawl Collection. There are regular free lunch time talks at this attraction. Coats Observatory is the oldest public observatory in Scotland includes a planetarium that gives visitors a tour of the night sky. The Paisley Thread Mill Museum is open on Wednesday and S...Read more
5. Things To Do
The Lagoon Leisure Centre includes a leisure pool with slides and a wave machine, fitness suite, dance and exercise studio and a sports hall. Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park has free parking and lots of signposted walks and nature trails. Visitors can take to the water on Scotland’s first aqua-trikes or try an outdoor activity with a qualified instructor. There are also safe p...Read more
The Piazza Shopping Centre is a big indoor shopping facility offering many of the High Street names. The Paisley Shopping Centre has over 50 stores and parking for 300 cars. It also offers eating and drinking facilities. The Braehead Shopping Centre, also containing the Xscape indoor snow sports centre, is situated close to Paisley.
The M8 motorway runs through Paisley and links the town to Glasgow and right through to Edinburgh in the east. This motorway also links to the M77 and the M74 to the south. Glasgow Airport is just two miles from the town and offers international and domestic flights. The train station, in Gilmour Street, offers good connections to the rest of Scotland. There are many regular ...Read more
The programme of events at Paisley Arts Centre includes film screenings, live comedy shows, music, drama and more. Paisley’s Showcase Cinema is based at the Phoenix Business Park. Paisley Town Hall hosts concerts, shows and conferences, with an auditorium that can seat up to 750 people.
9. Famous Landmarks
Thomas Coats Memorial church is described as one of the finest Baptist churches in Europe and has been part of the Paisley skyline for 100 years. It is also known as the Baptist Cathedral of Europe. The Gothic style building is made from red sandstone and includes a 60-metre spire. Paisley Abbey was founded in 1163 and still retains its medieval nave. The building has royal to...Read more
10. Interesting Fact
Singer/songwriter Paolo Nutini is from Paisley. Actor David Tennant, well known for his role as Dr Who, also grew up in the town.
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