Paisley Thread Mill Museum

Explore the history of Paisley’s great thread manufacturers, the Coats and Clark families, in one of the great mill buildings within the Anchor Mills complex.

The museum holds a wonderful collection of artefacts, photographs, thread samples, machinery, patterns and much more.

This is a must-see for those interested in textiles, fashion and clothing manufacturing.

The textile industry – in particular the Paisley Pattern and, later, the manufacture of thread – created important symbols of British industry. The wealth created from this manufacturing base is reflected in the fantastic architecture that dominates much of Paisley’s townscape.

Aesthetically, the Paisley Pattern was favoured across the world and worn by figures as diverse as Queen Victoria and The Beatles.

Paisley became the thread manufacturing epicentre of the world in the 19th century. Visit Paisley Thread Mill Museum for a fantastic insight into the Renfrewshire’s thread manufacturing industry and the impact it has on fashion today.


Mile End Mill
Abbey Mill Business Centre
12 Seedhill Road

+(0)141 847 1111

Opening times
Wednesdays and Saturdays, 12pm – 4pm

Free. Donations welcome.

Cafe in building foyer.

Lift access to the Museum is located on the mezzanine level of the Mile End Mill building.

A town built on textiles