A quick stop off in Paisley

Thursday 18th January, 2018

Whether you’re stopping off for a quick visit or killing some time before catching a flight, there are plenty of quick cultural delights to snap up in Paisley.

The town centre’s architecture is a feast for the eyes and its famous landmarks help give it historical heavyweight status.

The best way to experience the beauty and unique character of the town is through a walking tour of its most famous landmarks.

Performance at Paisley Abbey

A visit to the 12th century Abbey is a must. The jewel in Paisley’s crown – this medieval building is known as the Cradle of the House of Stewart and it is believed that Scottish legend William Wallace was educated here by the monks of Paisley Abbey.

The Abbey also serves as a unique and intimate concert venue welcoming world-class acts. The likes of Frightened Rabbit, The RSNO and home grown superstar Paolo Nutini have all performed in the intimate venue.

Paisley Town Hall

Next take in the Victorian Paisley Town Hall – in 1873 George A.Clark, a member of the famous thread family who took the town’s name around the world, left £20,000 in his will to build a Town Hall in his native Paisley. The balcony offers a fantastic vantage point and is a popular events and conference venue.

Original Paisley Pattern

Take a short walk up High Street and you will find Paisley Museum and Art Gallery where you can find out more about the town’s famous Paisley Pattern which helped make the town a household name and was once a fashion favourite of Jimi Hendrix and The Beatles.

People and students drinking in Paisley pub, The Bull

Before leaving make sure you sample the local hospitality by heading to Paisley’s oldest pub The Bull Inn for a drink or grab a cuppa at the quaint and cosy Ta Ta Bella’s Tea Room and make sure you try one of their delicious Paisley Pattern biscuits.

Things to see on your quick stop off

Paisley has the highest concentration of listed buildings in Scotland after Edinburgh. A stroll through the town centre takes you past the ancient Abbey, past the splendid Thomas Coats Memorial Church, past the Paisley Museum and Art Galleries. The town also has a thriving arts scene. There is, plainly, a lot going on.

Russell Leadbetter
Senior Features Writer, Sunday Herald

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