Paisley is one of Scotland’s biggest towns with a rich history, especially in textiles. It was one of five UK cities to have been shortlisted for the UK City of Culture 2021.
It may have narrowly missed out on being named the UK's City of Culture but Scotland's biggest town is still set for big things as it continues on its quest to celebrate culture.
The town of Paisley has a rich history, from its abbey to its famous Paisley pattern shawls. Paisley’s growth in the early 19th century was primarily through textiles and the Paisley Thread Mill Museum details the town's historic textile industry. The Dooslan Stane is another landmark connect with Paisley's textile past as it was used as a 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. Notable buildings include the 12th century Paisley Abbey and the Town Hall, an arts centre and a museum, all designed in a neo-classical style. The Russell Institute is another famous building. Designed in an art deco style, it is now a category A-listed building. 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, including four railway stations which provide services to many locations as well as Glasgow Prestwick International Airport and the ferry routes to Dunoon, Arran, Bute and Northern Ireland. 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.