Home of the world-famous Paisley Pattern, Renfrewshire’s largest town is a place of makers, radicals, secrets and fascinating stories.
Paisley is the place that made the iconic world-renowned Paisley Pattern. It has the second-largest concentration of listed buildings in Scotland.
Vibrant culture. Stunning architecture. Great events. All just minutes from an international airport and ten minutes from Glasgow city centre. It’s a great place to visit.
The easily-walkable town centre takes in the iconic 850-year-old Paisley Abbey. The first Stewart king, Robert II, grandson of famous King Robert the Bruce, was born here in 1316. William Wallace was born in nearby Elderslie but folklore has it he was educated by the monks at the Abbey.
Paisley was transformed by the industrial revolution into an economic powerhouse. It was catapulted to the forefront of the thread industry and home to many mills. A stroll around the town centre reveals how this time period brought vast wealth to the town. Look up and it’s evident today in the array of magnificent civic buildings and churches.
Living in Paisley
Transport links are excellent. Paisley is less than 15 minutes from Glasgow by rail or road. Paisley lies off the M8 motorway – take M8 junction 27 westbound coming from Glasgow, or M8 junction 29 eastbound coming from Greenock or Loch Lomond.
Paisley is the home to the University of the West of Scotland and West College Scotland.
OneRen cultural and leisure venues include:
- Paisley Town Hall
- Paisley Arts Centre
- Paisley Central Library
- Ferguslie Library
- Foxbar Library
- Ralston Library
- Lagoon Leisure Centre
- Ralston Community Sports Centre
- Seedhill Community Sports Ground
- Ferguslie Sports Centre
Primary schools in the area:
- Brediland Primary School
- Bushes Primary School
- Gallowhill Primary School
- Glencoats Primary School
- Heriot Primary School
- Langcraigs Primary School
- Lochfield Primary School
- Mossvale Primary School
- St Catherine’s Primary School
- St Charles’ Primary School
- St Fergus’ Primary School
- St James’ Primary School
- St John Ogilvie Primary School
- St Mary’s Primary School
- St Paul’s Primary School
- St Peter’s Primary School
- Todholm Primary School
- West Primary School
- Williamsburgh Primary School
Secondary schools for the area:
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