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.
The content of many of our web listings is provided by third party operators and not VisitScotland. VisitScotland accepts no responsibility for (1) any error or misrepresentation contained in third party listings, and (2) the contents of any external links within web listings ((1) and (2) together hereinafter referred to as the "Content"). VisitScotland excludes all liability for loss or damage caused by any reliance placed on the Content. The Content is provided for your information only and is not endorsed by VisitScotland.