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    Paisley is one of Scotland’s biggest towns and is 8 miles south west of Glasgow.

    The town of Paisley has a rich history, from its abbey to its famous Paisley pattern shawls. Besides the 12th century Paisley Abbey, there is the Town Hall, an arts centre and a museum, all notable buildings designed in a neo-classical style. Paisley’s growth in the early 19th century was primarily through textiles. The Russell Institute is another famous building. Designed in an art deco style, it is now a category A-listed building. The Paisley Thread Mill Museum is another of the town’s attractions, detailing the town's historic textile industry. The Dooslan Stane is another lanmark connect with Paisley's textile past. It was used as a meeting place and soapbox by the Weavers Union in the South of Paisley. The stone now sits in Brodie Park where it is used as the congregating point for the annual Sma' Shot parade, which commemorates a 19th century dispute between weavers and employers over payment for a 'sma' shot', a small cotton thread. The town contains many religious sites, among them its medieval Abbey, Thomas Coats Memorial Baptist Church which contains a 3040 pipe organ and the Cathedral Church of Saint Mirin. St Mirin is the patron saint of Paisley and the town’s football club is St Mirren FC.

    The town has a variety of shopping opportunities, including the Piazza and Paisley shopping centres, and a wide selection of restaurants, cafes and bars. Paisley has strong public transport links. The town has four railway stations which provide services to many locations including Glasgow, Ayr, Largs and Edinburgh. There are also rail links to Glasgow Prestwick International Airport and the ferry routes to Dunoon, Arran, Bute and Northern Island. The town also has many bus services to local and national destinations and the town is directly connected to the M8 motorway, making it easily accessible by car.

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