Renfrew is the former county town of the historic county of Renfrewshire, situated 3 miles northeast of Paisley and 5 miles west of Glasgow.
The town has a long and distinguished pedigree dating back to the 12th century, still evident in the remains of its Royal Stewart castle, the parish church with its 15th-century effigies and the impressive 19th-century town hall. The halls' turretted tower rises to more than 100 feet, a symbol of the civic pride evident in Renfrew during its industrial heyday.
Because of its very close proximity to the south bank of the River Clyde, a ferry has operated between Renfrew and Yoker on the opposite bank for more than 300 years. The last car ferry was retired in 1984 and has since become a popular floating music venue at its berth at Anderston Quay in Glasgow city centre. A popular passenger-only ferry still plies the route.
In 1999, the massive Braehead shopping complex opened not far from the town centre and was followed a few years' later by Xscape, a family entertainment centre combining 'real' snow slopes, bars and restaurants, cinema, family attractions and extreme activities, all under one roof. The town lies close to the M8 motorway, making it easily accessible by car, while regular bus services connect the town to Glasgow and other places in the area.