Paisley Abbey's origins date back to the 12th century and it is recognised as the cradle of the Royal House of Stewart.
Paisley Abbey was set up on the site of an old Celtic church by 13 monks. In the 13th century, the original priory was raised to the status of an abbey and dedicated to four saints, including the local St Mirin who brought Christianity to this area in the sixth century.
The abbey became wealthy due to extensive trade with commercial centres in Europe. It was a centre of learning and it is believed William Wallace was educated at the abbey by the monks.
The abbey is a parish church of the Church of Scotland. It has a café and gift shop and is open to visitors.