The historical county town of Renfrew, also known as Cradle of the Stewarts for its early link with Scotland’s former royal house.
Renfrew was once the centre of local government for the surrounding area and while the county remained known as “Renfrewshire”, the focus of local government gradually shifted from Renfrew to its larger neighbour Paisley.
The town itself offers a wide variety of amenities including shops, restaurants, takeaways, bars and leisure activities.
Intu Braehead and Soar is Scotland’s leading shopping and entertainment destination with over one million square foot of pure retail heaven.
You won’t be short of things to keep the kids young and old entertained in Soar at intu Braehead. It’s jam packed with entertainment venues including, a cinema, Climbzone, Paradise Island Adventure Golf, Gravity trampoline park, Laserstation, Snow Factor and if you like your cocktails shaken not stirred a bar made completely from ice!
Other attractions in Renfrew include The Experience Scotland’s Premier Indoor Electric Go Karting Arena at Hillington, Renfrew Golf Club, the Inchinnan Bascule Bridge, the only opening Bascule Bridge in the whole of Scotland and Robertson Park which offers various amenities and activities including a duck pond, floral gardens, BMX course, skate park, tennis courts, bowling green, sensory garden, cycle tracks, swing parks and a small animal enclosure.
Renfrew Town Hall is a Category ‘A’ listed mid-Victorian building often referred to as the ‘Disney Castle’ in the centre of town and houses the Visit Scotland 4 star-awarded Community Museum which tells the story of Renfrew’s rich heritage.
Fitness fanatics can choose from a wealth of gyms including the Renfrew Leisure Centre, the David Lloyd leisure club and Excercise4less. The Grade ‘B’ listed Victory Baths (Renfrew Victory Baths) are a particularly fine example of an Edwardian 25-yard swimming pool and the King George V Playing Field has six full-sized pitches for playing football, rugby and cricket.
Renfrew does not have an operational train station however it has excellent links to the M8 from both ends of the town and McGills and First Bus run a regular service through Renfrew to Paisley, Glasgow, Erskine and beyond. The Renfrew Ferry is a passenger ferry service linking Renfrew and Yoker.
Local primary schools include Kirklandneuk Primary, Arklestone Primary, St James Primary and Newmains Primary. Renfrew High and Trinity High are the local high schools.