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.

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A fascinating history

Things to see and do

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