Paisley Walking Trail
Paisley has an easily walkable historic centre and has Scotland's largest concentration of listed buildings outside of Edinburgh, including the iconic 850-year-old Paisley Abbey and Scotland's oldest public observatory, Coats Observatory.
The Town is synonymous with the world famous Paisley Pattern, the distinctive design that took the name Paisley around the world. Follow our walking trail and you will discover untold stories all over the town.
Thomas Coats Memorial
8 Wellmeadow St, Paisley PA1 2EE
Friday afternoons between 2pm and 4pm
0141 587 8992
Built by the family of Thomas Coats after his death, the majestic Victorian Neo-Gothic structure was initially budgeted at £20,000. But by the time it was completed in 1894, costs had soared to an estimated £110,000, over £6m today. Take a look around and you will see why. While you’re there, see if you can spot the single example of where the Paisley Pattern motif was incorporated into the design.
Paisley Museum and Art Gallery
High St, Paisley PA1 2BA
11am - 4pm
0141 889 3151
Discover the museum’s internationally significant collection of Paisley shawls and ceramics. Visit the loom gallery to find out how the town became famous for its Paisley Pattern. Other highlights include an internationally recognised textile, art and natural history collection.
49 Oakshaw St W, Paisley PA1 2DE
11am - 4pm
0300 300 1210
Come along to one of the free guided tours at Scotland’s oldest public observatory. It holds a vast range of telescopes for year round star gazing, as well as a state-of-the-art planetarium.
Oakshaw Trinity Church
0141 887 4647
6 School Wynd, Paisley PA1 2DB
Every Sunday 11am
Located on the highest point of Paisley’s townscape, the church was formerly Paisley High Parish Church. Architect John White designed the building, which dates back to 1764. Legend has it that after a stone mason fell to his death during construction, his workmates carved the outline of handkerchief and spectacles into the cobbles where he fell as a tribute.
0141 889 7654
Abbey Close, Paisley PA1 1JG
Monday to Saturday 10am to 3.30pm
An essential stop on the trail and the jewel in the town’s crown. The Abbey is cradle of one of the most enduring royal dynasties, the Stewarts. Take a free guided tour of the imposing 12th Century building. See if you can spot the gargoyle that has been modelled to look like one of the monsters of the film Alien. It’s thought to be the handiwork of a cheeky stone mason during refurbishment work. Admire the stone work of the rare 10th century Barochan Celtic Cross. There’s also a café, gift shop and exhibition area.
Paisley Town Hall
Abbey Close, Paisley PA1 1JF
0300 300 1210
Located in the historic centre of the town, this grand 19th century building is still a vital part of the town’s beating heart and hosts concerts, events and conferences.
St Mirin's Cathedral
Cathedral Precincts, Incle Street, Paisley, PA1 1HR
9.45am - 1pm weekdays
0141 889 2404
Designed by Thomas Baird in 1932, the spectacular Neo-Romanesque building became a cathedral in 1948. Named after the patron saint of Paisley, it’s the mother church of the Catholic diocese of the town.
12 Seedhill Rd, Paisley PA1 1JS
8am - 5pm
0141 847 1111
Explore the social and industrial heritage of the Paisley and Renfrewshire Thread Mills, through photographs, mill machinery, samples of products and sewing artefacts. You can also find out more about the Coats family.
7 Thread Street, Paisley PA1 1JR
No public entry
Paisley’s last surviving spinning mill, which played a key role in the global cotton industry. A restoration project saw the magnificent A-listed building secured for the future, by turning it into a stunning place to live. It’s also a great photo opportunity on the trail.
St Matthew's Church
Gordon Street, Paisley, PA1 1XL
Sunday services 11am and 6.30pm
Built in 1906 and designed by William Daniel McLennan, this stunning A-listed building of national importance, was once described as ‘the most significant Art Nouveau church in Europe’.
The Russell Institute
30 Causeyside Street
No public entry of offices
0141 889 8701
This category A-listed Art-Deco building was donated by Miss Agnes Russell to the women and children of Paisley on 19 March 1927. The former health centre was restored and reopened in early 2017 and is now used as a skills and employability hub. The Institute marked its 90th anniversary in 2017 so the reopening of the building is just one reason to celebrate this iconic local landmark. Don’t miss the opportunity to capture photos of the building’s ornate statues.
Paisley Arts Centre
15 New St, Paisley PA1 1EZ
9.15am - 4.45pm
0300 300 1210
Take a self-led tour of the centre and discover the history of the silk merchants and manufacturers buried within the grounds. Plan to take in a show too – the centre hosts a year round programme of drama, dance, comedy, music and family events. The café bar is a great place to pick up a pre-show drink or lunchtime nibble.
Sma’ Shot Cottages
15 Shuttle St, Paisley PA1 2HZ
12pm - 4pm
0141 889 1708
Come and see how people lived in the two distinct periods in Paisley’s weaving history. The Weaver’s Cottage shows what life was like 250 years ago for the artisans, with the original weaving looms in place. The complex also houses the residence of a foreman of a nearby mill from the mid-19th century.