Together we can help transform our town

Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 is part of a wider push to use the town’s internationally-significant heritage and cultural assets to transform its future. Find out more about the bid and what it means for you.

About the bid

Paisley made textiles. And textiles made Paisley

A town which once stood at the very heart of a global industry, and home of the Pattern which once carried Paisley’s name around the world. Paisley’s history is unique, varied and fascinating and its different threads still intertwine today.

Heritage
Paisley Pattern Textile

An architectural heritage to be proud of

Paisley town centre has Scotland’s second-highest concentration of listed buildings. From the 850-year-old Paisley Abbey to the Victorian-era town hall, these magnificent buildings continue to tell our story.

Architecture
Paisley Town Hall

Paisley makes people who make things happen

A thriving grassroots cultural scene, the UK’s largest youth theatre group, our university and college, and the achievements of Rafferty, Byrne, Nutini, Tennant and more... Paisley is a hub of creativity and thought.

Culture
The Spree, Paisley’s National Festival

There’s never a dull moment in Paisley

Paisley’s programme of events is bursting at the seams. From massive town centre days out to a wide range of community events, your comprehensive guide to what’s on in the town is just a click away.

Events
Paisley Halloween Festival