Mini guide to Paisley
Although Paisley is situated only eight miles southwest of Glasgow on the banks
of the River Cart, it is a town in its own right. As the administrative capital
of the Renfrewshire authority, it is at present lobbying for city status.
A strong rivalry exists between Paisley and its larger neighbour and the locals,
known as 'Buddies', are friendly and welcoming as long as you never mistake
them for Glaswegians!
Paisley has some interesting historical buildings and museums, including a
cathedral and a university. Paisley Abbey was built as a Clunaic monastery in
1163 and still retains its medieval nave, transepts and choir, all of which
have been well restored. There are also some fine 19th and 20th century stained
glass windows and some beautiful woodcarving for visitors to admire.
Coats Memorial is one of the finest Baptist cathedrals in Europe. Built of
red sandstone in a Gothic style with a spire of 200 feet, it has dominated the
Paisley skyline for over 100 years. Paisley Museum opened in 1871 and was Scotland's
first municipal museum. Nowadays it contains exhibits recording the history
of weaving techniques, local ceramics and paintings, as well as housing the
largest collection of Paisley shawls in the world.
Coats Observatory is a restored Victorian observatory offering public telescope
viewings on Thursday evenings as well as displays on seismology, astronomy,
astronautics and meteorology. Paisley used to be a centre of weaving and Sma'
Shot Cottages provide the town's only remaining examples of 18th century weavers'
cottages, restored and refurnished to their original condition, while nearby
is a row of mill workers' houses from the 1840s.
Paisley can be reached by road by taking the A726 or the A761. There are National
Express coach, train and bus services from Glasgow, while Glasgow International
Airport is the nearest air connection.
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