Paisley is a large town in Renfrewshire, Central Scotland.

Paisley Abbey, north-west view


Paisley was founded about 800 years ago around an Abbey. It was favoured by the Kings of Scotland, several of whom are buried in the Abbey grounds. The town's wealth grew largely on the textile industry. With the industrial revolution, Paisley expanded rapidly. Large textile factories and thread works run by Coats and Clark provided employment. The town became famous of a particular style of intricately woven Persian pattern on cotton shawls. This pattern is widely known as 'Paisley' to the present day.

Get in

By plane

Glasgow International Airport is within the town's boundaries. A large number of airlines fly from here to many locations throughout the UK, Europe and beyond. The airport terminal is just 2 km from Paisley town center. Frequent buses run between the town centre and the airport.

Glasgow Prestwick International Airport is about 40 miles form Paisley. There is a train link from Prestwick Airport to Paisley Gilmour Street station.

By train

Paisley is on the Glasgow to Greenock and Glasgow to Ayrshire lines. The train from Glasgow Central Station takes approximately 15 minutes. The Paisley Canal line also connects Paisley with Glasgow Central Station. However, this line is slower as there are many more stations on route.

By car

The M8 motorway passes Paisley on the north side near the airport. Exits 27, 28 and 29 of the M8 motorway take you to the North East, North (airport) and North West of the town. The M77 passes a few miles to the south east of Paisley. This route connects to Kilmarnock and other locations in South Ayrshire. The A737 connects Paisley to Northern Ayrshire.

By bus

Frequent bus service run between Paisley and Glasgow Buchanan Street bus station.

By boat

There is a short passenger ferry which runs from Yoker in Glasgow to Renfrew. A frequent bus service connects from this ferry to Paisley town centre.

Get around

There are many car hire firms located in Paisley, especially near the airport and the Phoenix retail park on the North West side of the town. Bus services run throughout the town and neighbouring villages. Taxis come in two forms: private hire cars which are cheap but must be booked by telephone in advance or public hire cars which may be hailed in the street. All public hire taxis are white and have wheelchair access. Taxis usually sit on the taxi rank at the airport or outside Gilmour Street Station. All public hire taxis are metered whereas the private hire cars usually calculate the fare using the car's odometer and a fare chart based on the number of miles travelled.


Coats Memorial Church



The University of the West of Scotland is located in the centre of the town. Reid Kerr college is on Renfrew Road in the North of the town.




Most of the night clubs and restaurants are to be found around Shuttle Street, New Street and Storie Street.



The Library on the high street, in the centre of the town, has public internet facilities.

Stay safe

The taxi rank next to Paisley Gilmour Street railway station attracts a lot of trouble at the weekends, usually around "closing time" in the pubs. Sometimes there are stewards at the rank, sometimes not.

The north western area known as Ferguslie Park is most certainly not a tourist friendly area. The same applies to Gallowhill.

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