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Places to visit

  1. Barshaw Park – Situated in the east end of the town this large park has a great view of Paisley’s landscape. You can take it easy or use the outdoor gym, there is also a large pond, a hidden walled garden.
  2. Saucel Hill – Situated at the junction of Neilston Road and Causeyside Street, this large hill, is close to the hustle and bustle of the busy life with excellent views over the whole town.
  3. Glennifer Braes Country Park – Located at the southern end of the town in Glenburn it is a hit with many visitors, dogwalkers, strollers and nature enthusiasts. not to mention the Car Park in the Sky which stunning views of the whole Clyde Valley.
  4. Oakshaw area of Paisley – This historic area off the High Street, is abundant in fascinating buildings from Meetinghouse Lane, The Wynd, PACE Theatre, The High Church with its famous steeple, The Gaelic Chapel, Thomas Coats Observatory and the old school building of John Neilson makes Oakshaw a must see.
  5. 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.
  6. The Sma’ Shot cottages – in Shuttle Street area is a place where you can walk through Paisley’s history. 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.
  7. Thomas Coats Observatory – in Oakshaw St, one of Scotland’s oldest observatories looking outwards towards the universe.
  8. Paisley Town Hall – Paisley’s magnificent Town Hall is currently closed for refurbishment. However its grand edifice and magnificent clock tower with a bell made by the same foundry as Big Ben is a masterpiece.
  9. Paisley Abbey – Abbey Close. Dating back to 1163 when it was a Cluniac Monastery, it has been frequented by many Scottish Kings. William Wallace was educated here. This is Paisley’s oldest and most prominent building.
  10. Anchor Mills – Mill Street, right next to the Hamills waterfall on the River Cart which flows right past. This once famous Thread Mill sits at the heart of a complex of buildings still in use. Now renovated as a mix of businesses and private housing. Anchor Mill is usually open to the public once a year on Doors Open Day, with the beautiful atrium being the main attraction.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.

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