Cardell Drive, Paisley PA2 9EJ
Saturday, 11am – 3pm
Take a tour of these bloomin’ lovely allotment plots and learn top tips and tricks from green fingered experts. Kids can get hands on by planting their own flowers too.
Barshaw Park Walled Peace Garden
6 Blairmore Ave, Paisley PA1 3JH
Saturday, guided tours at 3pm and 4pm
Created around 1800 as a walled fruit and vegetable garden for Barshaw House, this was dedicated as a Peace Garden in 1986 and the flowers are now cared for by the Friends of Barshaw Park.
The 3pm tour looks at the diversity of plants in the garden, while the 4pm tour look at the origins of the garden and how it has changed up to today.
The Butterfly Room
10a Lady Lane, Paisley, PA1 2LJ
Saturday, 10am – 5pm
This creative wellbeing hub will throw open its doors to Doors Open Days visitors. Pop in for a cuppa, free crafts, colouring and learn more about what the Butterfly Room has to offer.
Doors Open Day, Limo Style!
J&W Goudie, 10 – 12 Maxwellton Street, Paisley PA1 2UA
Saturday 10am – 1pm
Give your weary feet a rest by catching a limo lift to your next Doors Open Days venue. J&W Goudie will be ferrying passengers from Paisley Abbey to other venues across Paisley in style.
Love Street, Paisley PA3 2DZ
Saturday, 11am – 5pm
Paisley’s oldest park is home not only to a grand central fountain adorned with sculptures of dolphins, walruses and herons, but also one of the finest statues of Robert Burns in existence. Stroll into this park and enjoy gala day style events including live music, dance performances, bouncy castles and tasty street food.
Unit 907, Abbey Mill Business Centre, 12 Seedhill Road, Paisley PA1 1JS
Saturday, 9am – 5pm
How far back can you trace your family tree? Speak to local history and genealogy experts at the Heritage Centre to find out how your family is connected to Renfrewshire’s rich history.
Holy Trinity & St Barnabas Church
7 Aboyne Drive, Paisley PA2 7SJ
Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Wander a while in this beautiful church first built in 1830, with the organist playing as you explore. There will also be an interactive kids’ quiz, lace making demonstrations and storytelling sessions 12pm – 12.30pm and 3pm – 3.30pm.
John Neilson Institute
Oakshaw Street West, Paisley PA1 2DE
Saturday, 10.30am – 3.30pm
Known as the ‘porridge bowl’ because of the shape of its beautiful dome, this was originally a school left to the town of Paisley by local grocer John Neilson. The sculpture inside the atrium – of Diogenes the Greek philosopher – was made by Sculptor in Ordinary to the Queen, Alexander Stoddart.
Oakshaw Trinity Church
Oakshaw Street East, Paisley PA1 2DD
Saturday, 10.30am – 3pm
Look up outside and you’ll see one of Paisley’s most pronounced steeples. Look up once your inside admire the stunning ceiling and not one, not two but seven stained glass windows. There will also be tasty home baking and a quiz for children.
Paisley Florist Society Gardening Club
St Mirin’s Cathedral Halls, Incle Street, Paisley PA1 1HR
Saturday, 1pm – 4pm
See the fruits of the Florist Society Gardening Club’s labour at their annual show. As well as flowers, vegetables, and plants, there will also be handicrafts, home made cakes and children’s crafts on display.
Paisley Methodist Central Hall with Paisley Photographic Society
7 – Gauze Street, Paisley PA1 1EP
Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Designed by architects Watson & Salmond in 1908, Methodists saw the Central Halls as competition for pubs, music halls and theatres of the day, hence the 700-seater auditorium that’s hidden inside! In the ground floor Trinity Room our resident finescale model railway enthusiasts, the West Scotland 4mm Group, will display their exhibition layout Calderside. Come in and watch the trains run! Plus, drop in for a tour of this surprising building and you’ll also see fine photography taken by Scotland’s oldest photographic society at a special exhibition in the Lesser Hall.
Paisley Sheriff Court
St James Street, Paisley PA3 2HW
Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Order, order! Court is now in session. Step into the box and give an account of your whereabouts during a tour of Court 1 and 8. If you’re found guilty, you’ll be headed to the cells next… Don’t forget to complete the kids quiz when you visit too!
Paisley Thread Mill Museum
Abbey Mill Business Centre, 12 Seedhill Road, Paisley PA1 1JS
Saturday 10am – 4pm
The museum is housed in the late 19th century Mile End Mill of the Anchor Thread Works—the last working mill building in Paisley. Take a guided tour and get up close to the machinery that made Paisley’s linen, silk and cotton thread industries famous the world over. Don’t forget to add a stitch to Renfrewshire Tapestry Group’s giant tapestry too.
Renfrewshire Council Chambers
Renfrewshire House, Cotton Street, Paisley PA1 1TR
Saturday, 11am – 1pm
The Chamber is where local councillors come together to make policy decisions as part of the Council’s democratic process. On Doors Open Day, you’ll get to see the Chamber in action by participating in a mock vote, sitting in the Provost’s chair and having your knowledge put to the test with a kids’ quiz.
Sma’ Shot Cottages
2 Sma’ Shot Lane, Paisley PA1 2HG
Saturday, 12pm – 4pm
There are two time zones to explore inside the Cottages; 1750 and 1840, with each cottage preserved to look exactly how it would have done during Paisley’s weaving heyday. Live demonstrations on a working loom will take place plus costumed guides will be on hand to answer your questions. Don’t forget, the tearoom upstairs is a great place for a pit stop too.
Stanely House – Youth with a Mission
14 Stanely Crescent, Paisley PA2 9LF
Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Stanely House was built in the 1880s by Sir Peter Coats. A handsome sandstone building, with its high ceilings, large windows and oak fireplaces, takes you back to earlier times. From the accessible roof, in between the many chimney pots, is a splendid view of the reservoir and the ruins of Stanely Castle.
Queen Street, Paisley PA1 1TT
Saturday, 11am – 3pm
Built by the family of the famous Paisley poet, Robert Tannahill, the cottage is now the meeting place of Paisley’s Burns Club, whom Tannahill founded back in 1805. Poems penned by Tannahill as well as artefacts and talks on his life will take place specially for Doors Open Day.
7 Shuttle St, Paisley PA1 1YD
Saturday, 12pm – 5pm
Starting out as a bus garage in the 1950’s, 7 Shuttle Street has reopened its doors as The Lane after many years as Suburbia. It offers a brilliant beer garden, bars and two restaurants, including The Ginger Slug, a reference to the famous case about a snail. The snail was found in a ginger beer bottle, causing the customer to sue the manufacturer. The case gave power to modern consumers and launched a million court cases.
There will be loads of children’s entertainment on offer, so come and enjoy some food and drink while the kids have fun in a safe, friendly environment. There’s something for everyone!
University of West Scotland
UWS Gardner Building, George Street, Paisley, PA1 2BE
Saturday, 11am – 4pm
The UWS Gardner Building is now home to the School of Business & Enterprise but started its life as Paisley Technical School (fondly remembered as ‘Paisley Tech’) the foundation stone of which was laid in November 1897 by Princess Louise. Visit on Doors Open Day and see the fine work of local architect T.G. Abercrombie whose other local work includes the Royal Alexandra Hospital, the Paisley Drill Hall and Paisley Grammar School.
Wallneuk North Church
Abercorn Street, Paisley PA3 4AB
Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Built by T.G. Abercrombie on land which was in the corner (neuk) of the garden of the Abbott of Paisley. Wallneuk North Church opened in 1915 and contains one of the last working pipe organs built by Abbott & Smith. Children can have a go at the Wallneuk wordsearch and quiz on their visit.
West End Community Centre
5a Underwood Lane, Paisley PA1 2SL
Saturday, 2pm – 6pm
A true community hub, this building hosts a lot of activities arranged by charity groups including ROAR, West End Growing Grounds and Paisley West Tenants and Residents Association.
Following last year’s success, the Centre will provide Doors Open Days visitors with a Heath Expo, a 20 minute mini health check carried out by volunteer health and social care professionals. You’ll get your expo results printed out and be able to compare your health age with your real age.