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Paisley Abbey

Founded in 1163 but with origins dating back to the 6th or 7th centuries, the abbey is located on the east bank of the White Cart Water in the centre of Paisley town. Paisley Abbey is a spectacular and imposing building. Complete with royal tombs, stunning woodcarvings, one of the finest organ’s in Scotland and stained glass windows, the Abbey is Paisley’s most popular attraction and well worth a visit.

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Gleniffer Braes Country Park

With 480 acres of woodland, farmland and moorland to explore, Gleniffer Braes Country Park is an excellent choice for a day out. Visitors can enjoy relaxing woodland walks, bird watching, picnicking and wonderful views. For the serious walkers there are miles of informal paths throughout the park, as well as signposted routes leading wider walking networks including the Brandy Burn Way and the Fereneze Braes Path Network.

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Coats Observatory

Coats Observatory is part of Paisley Museum, and an essential item on the agenda of any visitor to the town. Built in 1883, it is the oldest public observatory in the country and today it’s home to a vast range of telescopes as well as a digital planetarium.

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Thomas Coats Memorial Church

A striking feature of the Paisley skyline for more than 100 years, the Thomas Coats Memorial Baptist Church stands at the end of Paisley High Street. Commissioned by the family of Thomas Coats of Ferguslie, six architects were invited to submit designs for the new church in a competition. The winning design came from Hippolyte J Blanc who was an admirer of medieval architecture, hence the building's Gothic Revival style.

Eating, drinking and entertainment

Nights out

If you fancy a night on the tiles, Paisley has plenty to offer. There are lots of traditional pubs perfect for a quiet drink and a catch up with friends. If you’re after somewhere a bit livelier, Saporito Wine Bar and The Jam Jar are both popular choices and great places to go if you enjoy a good cocktail. If it’s live music that you like, The Bungalow is worth a visit with regular band nights, open mics and other music events.

Eating out

Paisley has no shortage of places in which to eat, drink and be merry. The town centre is home to a great variety of cafés and restaurants serving everything from quick bites and speciality coffees to fine dining and pub grub for all the family to enjoy. The List has a guide to eating out in the town.

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Paisley Arts scene

Renfrewshire and Paisley boasts thriving programme of professional and amateur theatre, music, dance, comedy, film and creative classes in several locations around the county and town. If you would like a more cultured night out then Paisley Arts Centre is the place to be. Throughout the year it hosts top performers in theatre, music, dance and comedy as well as being to home to its very own theatre company (PACE) and a youth theatre with illustrious graduates including James McAvoy and Paulo Nutini.

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Paisley Museum

Housed in a stunning Victorian building, Paisley Museum is home to whole host of treasures including fine art, sculptures, mediaeval manuscripts and a wealth of interesting artefacts of local significance. The highlight of the museum is its collection of Paisley shawls, which is a Recognised Collection of Significance to Scotland. There is also a loom gallery, showcasing the original looms used to produce the shawls.

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Sports and recreation

Skiing & snowboarding

Just a short bus ride (10 mins) from centre of the town at the Braehead Shopping complex is Snow Factor, Scotland's only snow dome featuring the UK's longest indoor real snow slope (168m). It’s open for skiing and snowboarding every day of the year (except Christmas day) it is the perfect place to practice and train. But, lessons are available for all levels and ages from complete beginners upwards, it is the perfect place to learn to ski, snowboard or ice climb– whatever the weather.

Climbing walls

Just a short busride (10 mins) from centre of the town at the Braehead Shopping complex is Snow Factor, Braehead shopping complex also features The Drop Climbzone, a state-of-the-art aerial adventure course with one of the largest freestanding climbing walls in the UK. If that wasn't enough, there's also Paradise Island miniature golf and Laser Station gaming area to keep you entertained.

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Get involved in sport

In addition to university sports clubs and societies, Paisley has a proud tradition of sporting prowess and activities and offers you the opportunity to get involved in a variety of sports clubs. Paisley is home to: St. Mirren F.C. (Scottish Championship professional football club), Kelburne Cricket Club, Ferguslie Cricket Club, Paisley Rugby Club and Kelburne Hockey Club, Braehead Clan (ice hockey club). It also has many local tennis and squash clubs, golf clubs, gyms and fitness centres as well as the Lagoon swimming and leisure centre. There really is something for everyone.

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Last updated: 27/07/2020