Saturday

Brediland Allotments

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.

 

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.

Fountain Gardens

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.

 

Heritage Centre

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! Up in the attic rooms, train enthusiasts will also enjoy a sneak peek inside Paisley’s Model Railway Group’s regular meeting space. 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.

 

Tannahill’s Cottage

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.

 

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.

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