Thomas Coats Memorial Baptist Church

Discover the neo-gothic building that dominates the Paisley skyline.

Colloquially known as the Baptist Cathedral of Europe, the Thomas Coats Memorial Baptist Church is just a short walk from Paisley town centre.

Boasting magnificent architecture, the Coats family built the church in 1894 in memory of Thomas Coats – a philanthropist, devout Baptist and committed to the wellbeing of Paisley. Initially budgeted at £20,000, costs soared to an estimated £110,000 – over £6,000,000 today. And you can see why! A church on one level, halls beneath and an eight-arched church crown spire, combining to the building on of the largest and most opulent Baptist Church in Britain.

During your visit, see if you can spot the single example of where the Paisley Pattern motif was incorporated into the design.

Opening times:

Summer months only (May to September).

Friday afternoons between 2pm and 4pm


Access to the church is via its steps. There is also a door slightly up the hill to the right of the church and wheel chair access at the back right hand side.

Getting there:

A 10-minute walk from Paisley Gilmour Street.


Free entry, donations are welcome.


Thomas Coats Memorial Church
High Street

+(0)141 587 8992

Paisley has an understated beauty. Paisley is the confident, attractive character in the room that doesn’t need to shout about it but still lets you know it’s there. Paisley is a great walking town and you are always likely to discover something new in the streets whether you are exploring for five minutes or five hours.

Gary Chittick

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