Visit Paisley and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Paisley, Renfrewshire. An industrial burgh and administrative centre of the county, Paisley grew up round the abbey founded by Walter Fitz Alan, ancestor of the Stuarts, in 1163 for the Cluniac monks. It became an abbey in 1219, but the original buildings were burnt in 1307, and the present structure dates from the middle of the 15th century. The most notable parts are the West front and the nave, which is used as the parish church; in St Murein's Chapel is an effigy that is said to be of Marjory Bruce. Restoration started in 1897, and was completed by Sir Robert Lorimer in 1933. After the Reformation the monastic buildings became the Palace of Paisley, home of the Hamilton and later of the Dundonald families. Deserted at a later date, it was bought back and restored in 1904 as a hall and manse, and the surrounding streets were cleared so that gardens could be made.
The museum includes rooms of local history, displaying a collection of the well-known Paisley shawls and relics of Robert Tannahill (1774—1810), the weaver and poet, and Alexander Wilson (1766—1813), the American ornithologist, who were both born here.
Paisley has a good post-war building and development record, and among the recent important additions is the College of Technology, still expanding. Spinning and weaving are the traditional industries. The weaving of the famous Paisley shawls began in the early 19th century; these were copies in silk or cotton of Eastern shawls sent home by Scottish officers in India. Now industry is varied and includes Hillington Industrial Estate, the original Scottish example of such a Government sponsored undertaking. Begun in 1937, it now has more than 150 factories.
Nearby cities: Glasgow
Nearby towns: Barrhead, Bishopton, Clydebank, Beith, Erskine, Johnstone, Largs, Renfrew
Nearby villages: Arthurlie, Brookfield, Crosslee, Dalmuir, Drumry, Elderslie, Houston, Inchinnan, Kilmacolm, Linwood, Neilston, Ralston, Thornliebank, Woodfarm
Have you decided to visit Paisley or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Paisley bed and breakfast (a Paisley B&B or Paisley b and b)
- a Paisley guesthouse
- a Paisley hotel (or motel)
- a Paisley self-catering establishment, or
- other Paisley accommodation