This route takes in some of the most treasured buildings from Paisley’s storied past—but it also includes a few surprises, that show how vibrant the town is at present.
You’ll see some of the town’s legendary figures celebrated—but also the lives of the ordinary people who, in their own way, took Paisley’s name around the world.
Start / Finish: Renfrewshire House
1.2 miles / 20 minutes
- From Renfrewshire House, walk down the pedestrian path to Mill Street and take a left following the main road.
The Lagoon Leisure Centre is the flagship centre of Renfrewshire Leisure and caters for activities such as swimming, fitness, aerobics, various sporting activities and events. Located within the Lagoon, Eve Spa is a five-star spa and relaxation experience— without the five-star price tag!
Designed by architect Thomas Baird, St Mirin’s Cathedral is named after the patron saint of Paisley. This spectacular neo-Romanesque building became a cathedral in 1948 and is the mother church of the Catholic diocese of the town. St Mirin himself is commemorated by a statue which sits opposite the cathedral.
Paisley Methodist Central Hall is a classic Edwardian building in the Free Renaissance style designed by architects Watson and Salmond. Constructed in 1908, the building is one of the few remaining central halls still in use by the Methodist Church, and the only one in Scotland.
The stunning A-listed Art Deco Russell Institute was donated by Miss Agnes Russell to the women and children of Paisley in 1927. The former health centre was restored in 2017 as a skills and employability hub. Take a moment to admire the ornate statues on the building’s exterior, depicting some of the ailments treated inside.
The Sma’ Shot Cottages show how life was for local artisans 250 years ago, with original weaving looms still in place. Built in the 1750’s the weaver’s complex also houses the residence of a foreman of a nearby mill from the mid-19th Century.
Linking Causeyside Street and Shuttle Street, the cobbles of Brown’s Lane contain a few surprises. Adorning the walls are a series of fantastic murals dedicated to everything from Paisley historian and former mill girl Ellen Farmer, music legends Gerry Rafferty and Paolo Nutini, to St Mirren’s Scottish Cup-winning team of 1987!
St Matthew’s Church was designed by William Daniel McLennan and built in 1906. This stunning A-listed building of national importance was once described as ‘the most significant Art Nouveau church in Europe’. The original organ, installed in 1907, is a Grade 1 listed instrument with a stunning casing also designed by McLeannan.
- From Orchard Street, turn left onto Bridge Street, cross at the zebra crossing and head back towards Renfrewshire House.