15 Best places to visit in Paisley.

I asked the question to members of our Facebook Community recently “Where are the best places to visit in Paisley or where is the best place to go?” We had a fabulous response and some I would not have even thought of, I will thank everyone personally at the bottom of this page.


I am sure even if you live and work in the town you have been to a few of the places listed below, if you have your own favourite and its not listed then please use the comments form at the bottom of the page to add your very own..

  1. Paisley Museum & Art Gallery – The memory of the interior is a big draw for many as it holds a special place in peoples’ thoughts, so shows how much an impact it can make.
  2. Barshaw Park – The serenity of sitting on one of the benches watching the world go by and having a great view of Paisley’s landscape. You can take it easy or use the outdoor gym, there is also a hidden garden which is a real Paisley treasure and often overlooked.
  3. Saucel Hill – Sitting at the top of this hill, which is close to the hustle and bustle of the busy life in town makes it seem a million miles away.
  4. Glennifer Braes Country Park – Its a hit with many visitors, the beauty of living in Scotland is you can be in the countryside within 5 minutes and with stunning views of the town and quiet peaceful soundings this place helps most people gather their thoughts for the day.
  5. Oakshaw area of Paisley – This historic area is abundant in fascinating buildings and has a story around every corner, from Meetinghouse Lane, The Wynd, PACE Theatre, The High Church with its steeple and associated history, The Gaelic Chapel, Thomas Coats Observatory and the old school building of John Neilson makes Oakshaw a must visit.
  6. The Statues of Paisley – Paisley has many fascinating statues and each tells the story of a segment of the town’s history, from Paisley’s poet Robert Tannahill and The Coats brothers through to modern day Scouts statue and lots more. Don’t miss Witherspoon’s statue at the front of The University of the West of Scotland and also our glorious Cenotaph right in the centre of town.
  7. The Sma’ Shot cottages – This really is a place where you can walk through Paisley’s history and also meet some fascinating people. There is so much to see, from the original looms and the cottage set up as a museum of the time, to a relaxing cup of tea from a china cup in the café.
  8. Thomas Coats Observatory – Look outwards towards the universe of which Paisley is of course the centre. This place is astronomical!
  9. Paisley Town Hall – Paisley’s magnificent Town Hall has recently been refurbished outside and in for the recent visit of the Royal National Mod. You will find helpful information about the town at the main desk, lovely events space and a great venue for any kind of party, of course being Scottish we need no excuse.
  10. Paisley Abbey – Parts of the Abbey date back to 1163 when it was a Cluniac Monastery, it has been frequented by many Scottish Kings. William Wallace was educated here. This is the most prominent building on this list and it is rightly so, this is a must visit.
  11. Anchor Mills – Right next to the Hamills waterfall on the River Cart which flows right past this building. This now renovated building is the least visited of all our places due to it being a business centre and private housing, this is usually only open to the public once a year on Doors Open Day, with the beautiful atrium being the main attraction.
  12. The Hamills Waterfall – Mentioned above, this is a place so close to the town centre with many fishermen trying their luck in a now healthy river. This is an excellent place for photographs and some peace and quiet.
  13. Town Centre Walk – Follow the Heritage trail and you will be guided around most of the buildings and statues of the town, information on this can be had from the Town Hall.
  14. Woodside Cemetery – The resting place for many of our ancestors, the walk around the cemetery is likely to be an informative look at the stories of people who are now at peace. The Beild is just as you enter the cemetery and is home to the 7th Paisley Scouts in their newly refurbished centre.
  15. Thomas Coats Memorial Church – The Baptist Cathedral of Europe also features on our list of favourites and when you see this Gothic Style building you will see just why. If you know someone who studied at Paisley’s University then they probably had their graduation ceremony here, making this another jewel in Paisley’s visitor attractions.


When asking for this information from our members one of the group Stuart Duffy, who is a local photographer, posted the following statement which I found fascinating and is actually why I started taking interest in the town to begin with.

Stuart says “Paisley: An enormous resource for photographers

No matter your main hook in photography, Paisley presents itself to you as a golden place to spend a day.

Street: Street Photographers will find the “Buddie” a fantastic subject, they are honest and earthy. They are also more approachable than their cousins in other towns and cities, and in Paisley Town Centre there is a backdrop of historical buildings nestled in the architectural mistakes of the 70’s which are being removed/upgraded. Which leads me into …

Architectural: You could spend a day without having to travel more than a mile from the train station and have a months’ work at the end of the day. Cobblestone roads and paths, architecture running from the early 19th century and an Abbey that is not just old, open and friendly, they are positively welcoming.
Take a trip up the hill and pass the Coats Observatory, graveyards and roads and paths that easily let you experience Victoriana

Nature and Wildlife: I have spent a day in Barshaw Park, regardless of the season, but if you travel further afield you have wide open spaces and wild woods to allow you to capture natural wildlife.

Fashion/Social/Portraiture: There are amazing backdrops, panoramic views and cubbyholes where you can really make the session pop… within 15 minutes walk you can go from a waterfall to an ancient building and on to a leafy avenue.

Best of all, its friendly, it’s greatest asset is that the people of Paisley are friendly … oh, and you are normally only 10 minutes from coffee and cake.

When you leave by train, you might want to give yourself some time… Paisley Gilmour Street Station is worth some time!”

I hope that you have found this list helpful and the next time you are in town you will think differently and visit one of these fascinating places.

You can find more paisley Visitor Attractions listed on our Visitor Attraction Section.

Thanks to: Betty McLatchie, Nic Armstrong, Catherine Steel, Aileen Wilson, Anne McNair, Lynsey Moore, James Murray, Robert Smith, Lyndsay Cameron, David McLean, Andy Campbell, John McCue, William Robertson, Stuart Duffy, Mags MacGee, Scott Manson, Margaret Blair and Roddy Boyd.

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Paisley Fireworks Video in full.



The Masters of the House Perform at Paisley Town Hall

From the opening chords of the overture, the audience for the musical spectacular, The Masters of the House, are whisked off on a whistle stop tour of wonderful music from the world of musical theatre. The cast take to the stage, resplendent in their evening dress finery and begin to take the audience on a vocal journey through the various stages of producing a West End Musical hit.

The show is constantly being updated with tunes carefully selected from over eight decades of popular musical theatre, including favourites such as All That Jazz (Cabaret), Climb Ev’ry Mountain (The Sound of Music), Defying Gravity (Wicked) and Tell Me It’s Not True (Blood Brothers) as well as some wonderful show medleys splendidly arranged by the Musical Director.


This superb star cast are plucked from West End Shows such as Les Miserables, Evita, Phantom of the Opera, Spamalot and other hit musicals, accompanied by an equally accomplished live band, perform these and many more wonderful songs in concert for all ages to enjoy. No ‘Masters’ show would be complete without a selection of numbers from the longest running West End shows and this version doesn’t fail to keep up the tradition.

The Masters of the House are renowned for their superb vocals and entertaining presentation delivered with panache by some of the leading theatre artistes of today. Truly, an evening not to be missed.

The Masters of the House will take place at Paisley Town Hall on Saturday 26 October at 7.30pm. Tickets are £14 (£12 conc) and are available at the box office on 0300 300 1210 or online at

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HRH Princess Royal

HRH The Princess Royal visits Paisley.

Today saw HRH The Princess Royal pay a visit to Paisley and the nine day celebration of Gaelic music, dance, drama, arts and literature. The Royal National Mod runs from 11th – 19th October 2013 and is to attract thousands of spectators from across the central belt as it visits the Renfrewshire city for the first time in its 121 year history.

Amongst the venues visited by HRH The Princess Royal were Paisley Abbey and also Paisley Town Hall helping raise Paisleys profile nationally.

Here is a fantastic set of Photographs taken by Ian McDonald for

Paisley Photographs July 2013

Paisley, for once, was basking in glorious sunshine today so what better excuse than to take the camera out and snap some fantastic shots of its wonderful skyline. That’s exactly what Ian McDonald did and he shared the results for all to see…

Paisley Skyline

Paisley Skyline featuring the John Neilson Institution to the left, Thomas Coats Memorial Church then Orr Square Church and Trinity High Church to the right.

Paisley Town Hall

Paisley Town Hall, with the current new super hospital at the Southern General being built in the background


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Paisley Town Hall reopens after £2.4million upgrade

One of Paisley’s most iconic buildings has reopened to the public after a £2.4million upgrade.

Paisley Town Hall, opened in 1882, is looking at its best again after an extensive programme of improvements and repairs

The work included roof and stonework repairs, a completely remodelled entrance and reception area more in keeping with the buildings Victorian heritage, and much more improved access for customers with mobility issues.

Renfrewshire’s Depute Provost John Caldwell recently visited the Town Hall and met with staff and customers.

“The Town Hall holds a special place in Paisley’s history and we want to ensure that it retains that role in Paisley’s future” he said

“The investment is not only conserving part of Paisley’s architectural heritage. It is also contributing to Paisley’s economic regeneration”

“The upgraded Town Hall joins the refurbished Paisley Arts Centre, and the recently confirmed plans for housing and retail development on the former Arnotts site, as evidence that we are keeping the town’s heritage relevant through innovative approaches”

“Thousands of visitors will have the chance to experience the Town Hall for themselves in October when the venue will host performances at the Royal National Mód.”

“Visitors will shortly be able to use a new tourism information point located within the reception area”

“The whole package of improvements, such as new meeting and gathering spaces just inside the entrance, will also enhance the Town Hall’s reputation as a high quality venue for everything from wedding receptions and conferences to business conferences and community events.”

Among the most noticeable new features are stunning specially made chandeliers which have the Paisley pattern incorporated into them

Externally, the work showcases some of the buildings distinctive features such as the roof turrets and the clock tower.

Depute Provost Caldwell added: “Overall, I believe the work does credit to the imagination and vision which created Paisley Town Hall and helps preserve its appeal and relevance for future generations.”

Ian Walford, Chief Executive of Historic Scotland said: “Paisley Town Hall is an important and historic Renfrewshire building and I’m delighted that Historic Scotland has played a part in safeguarding its future. The £2.4million upgrade included £482,000 funding from Historic Scotland for repairs to the historic fabric of the building, including extensive stonework and roof repairs. After a year-long programme of works I am pleased to see this notable landmark being re-opened with great fanfare, to be enjoyed and appreciated for generations to come.”

All photographs are taken by Tracey Clements for

Stunning Time Lapse photography taken over the town of Paisley.

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Start spreading the news, The Rat Pack is Back…again!

Returning to Paisley after a hugely successful 2012 summer show, the original British tribute to Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jnr will return to Paisley Town Hall on July 14 accompanied by the fabulous Don Hunt Orchestra and The Flamingo Showgirls.

THE-RAT-PACK-WEST-ENDIn town for their 15th Anniversary tour, Frank (David Alacey), Sammy (Des Coleman) and Dean (Paul Drakeley) will take audiences on a glamorous journey to the Las Vegas strip and the Sands Hotel where they will perform a catalogue of classic hits, including Mr BojanglesMy Way and Mack the Knife over the course of a fantastic two hour live set.

The Rat Pack is Back perfectly captures not only the music of the original legends, but also the comedy and personalities of the stars who once ruled the entertainment world of Las Vegas – a talent which was enjoyed by a 400 strong audience at last year’s performance.

Memories really are made of this: book early and enjoy a swinging evening courtesy of the Kings of Cool.

The Rat Pack is Back will be at Paisley Town Hall on Sunday 14 July, 7.30pm. Tickets to the show cost £16 (£14.50 concession) and can be booked by calling the Box Office on 0300 300 1210 or going online to

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Accord Hospice Fayre 2013 Photographs

The Accord Hospice Fayre held at the newly refurbished Paisley Town Hall was a great success attracting people from all over Renfrewshire to support the annual event.

Accord Hospice is an independent charity giving free Specialist Palliative Medical and Nursing Care and support to people whose illness is causing physical pain and emotional distress and for whom curative treatment may no longer be appropriate.

All Photographs for Paisley on the web were taken by Tracey Clements.

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Accord Hospice Summer Fayre

Paisley Town Hall welcomes the annual Accord Hospice Summer Fayre

Accord Hospice is an independent charity giving free Specialist Palliative Medical and Nursing Care and support to people whose illness is causing physical pain and emotional distress and for whom curative treatment may no longer be appropriate.

This years event  is to be held on Saturday 8th June 2013 10am – 4pm

Accord Hospice Summer Fayre always attracts a huge crowd and this year is already promising to be bigger than ever

A craft fayre, bric-a-brac stall, a tea room, hot food stalls, games, competitions and lots lots more

And to keep the kids amused there will be face painting, bouncy castles and more

So come along and support ACCORD  – we hope to see you there.