Coats Observatory

Have you ever looked up at the night sky and wondered what is out there beyond our planet?

Fulfil your curiosity by exploring the wonders of the universe during a visit to Coats Observatory.

Built in 1883, Coats Observatory – the oldest public observatory in Scotland – holds a vast range of telescopes for year-round stargazing, and a state of the art digital planetarium. With expert tour guides available to answer any questions you have, this is the perfect opportunity to delve into the depths of space.

One of the key pieces includes a fully-working orrery (model of the solar system) made by Adam Hilger.

If you are interested to hear about the history of Coats Observatory and learn more about the stars and planets, then come along to one of the free tours.

As well as the astronomical work, daily weather readings are taken. The observatory had also served as a seismic recording centre monitoring earthquakes worldwide, which included the famous 1906 San Francisco quake.

The stunning observatory is part of the Paisley Museum complex. If you will be visiting the Observatory in a large group, please call Paisley Museum ahead of your visit to ensure there are spaces available for your desired tour slot.

Opening times:

Observatory open: Tues – Sat 11am – 4pm, Sun 2pm – 5pm
Tours: Tues – Sat 11.30am, 1.30pm and 2.30pm, Sun 2.30pm and 3.30pm

Daytime entry to the observatory is by guided tour only. Tours meet at Paisley Museum’s reception.


Level access to the observatory is available via Oakshaw Street.

Getting there:

A 10-minute walk from Paisley Gilmour Street Station.


Free. Temporary exhibitions may charge.


Access via Paisley Museum
High Street


Winter Viewing Season
49 Oakshaw Street West

+(0)300 300 1210


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