Spend a day in Scotland’s largest town

Thursday 18th January, 2018

Before planning a day out a few key criteria need to be met: you need to be able to get there easily, have plenty of culture to soak up, some great shopping choices and excellent places to eat and drink – Paisley has all these things in spades.

Why not spend a day soaking up the rich architecture, heritage, history and culture of Scotland’s largest town.

Paisley boasts the largest number of listed buildings anywhere in Scotland except for Edinburgh making the town a must-visit destination for architecture and design buffs.

The best way to experience the town in all its glory is to tour some of its most iconic buildings. View the majesty of the 12th Century Medieval Abbey which has deep links with Scotland’s history – it is believed to be where William Wallace was educated – and is now a popular music venue welcoming artists such as Frightened Rabbit, James Grant and Paolo Nutini.

If you’re looking for the picture-perfect postcard shot head further along Abbey Close and you will see the picturesque waterfall known as the Hammils which frames the Anchor Mill – a monument to the town’s textile heritage.

Anchor Mills

Looking for a caffeine hit to spur you on your travels? Head over to the town’s popular Blend Coffee Shop for some fantastic coffee and a great ambience – it’s a perfect spot to relax and watch the world go by.

If soaking up a little culture is what you’re after then a visit to the Paisley Museum and Art Gallery is a must – the stunning Victorian museum is home to a whole host of treasures from the Shawl Collection, to one of the best ceramics collections in the country.

No visit to the museum would be complete without a tour of the Coats Observatory which is part of the museum complex. The stunning building holds a vast range of telescopes for year-round stargazing, and a state of the art digital planetarium.

One of the town’s newest attractions is a real must-see. Paisley: The Secret Collection is the first facility of its kind on a UK High Street and is a real treasure trove of significant artefacts from all over the world. Visitors will be able to see an extensive range of artefacts covering everything from a neolithic axe to a 1960s badge worn by a Paisley tram driver.

Paisley - The Secret Collection

Feeling peckish? There’s an excellent range of restaurants and bars to keep you going. If you fancy a meal in a fantastic setting head to Pendulum where you can tuck into some tasty nosh with the town’s most famous landmarks as your backdrop. If a great artisan meat feast is what you’re after Burger and Keg is the place to be.

Want to take in some of the local cultural scene – why not head along to The Bungalow Bar on Shuttle Street which runs a series of open-mic and band nights or see what’s on at the iconic Paisley Arts Centre which has welcomed the likes of David Tennant, Robert Carlyle and John Bishop.

There’s plenty to keep you entertained in Paisley.

Explore Paisley by foot

In a town that sees creeping influences of Mackintosh and Thomson amongst others, it very much extends the structural beauty of Glasgow to its neighbour in the west.

Neil Robertson
Travels With A Kilt

Many urban areas would love to have a measure of the pedigree that this post-industrial conurbation boasts. Aside from its textile legacy, and illustrious denizens, Paisley has an incredible architectural heritage, from the 12th-Century Abbey, with its glorious Edward Burne-Jones windows, to its Victorian Observatory, to the stunning Art Deco Russell Institute.

Gemma Fullham
Reporter, Irish Independent

I’ve been all over the world, lived in different cities, I’ve travelled but I always come back home to Paisley. I just love it. There’s something that makes me feel content when I’m here and it makes me feel that anything is possible.

Suzie Mac
Blogger and radio presenter

There’s plenty more to see and do in Paisley and Renfrewshire

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