Paisley is seven miles west of Glasgow. Claim to fame: The paisley “droplet” pattern. The town was once the centre of the textile and weaving industry. Music Trivia: The paisley pattern inspired Prince’s 1985 song “Paisley Park.” No longer producing cotton, Paisley hasn’t lost its claim to fame. Stay in one of our hotels near Paisley and you may bump into locals like Dr Who’s David Tennant. Next, appreciate the medieval architecture and then visit same thread mills that made the pattern famous fashionable (at least in the 80’s).  

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Book one of our hotels near Paisley and make the Abbey your first stop. Made in 1163, it’s a wonder how they did it, with its high ceilings and intricate design. It’s only 4.3 miles from our Glasgow Braehead Hotel so begin your day here before time-travelling forward 700 years to the 19th century. Visit the Baptist Church, made in memory of Thomas Coats, the founder of Paisley’s famous thread industry. Admire the gothic architecture, and if your children get bored, set them the challenge of counting the gargoyles. If you’ve had enough of churches, we recommend the nearby Coats Observatory. Go on a viewing night and spend the evening stargazing. When you’re done, head back to our Glasgow Airport Hotel, as it’s only 2.1 miles away.

Things to do near Paisley

Take your kids for a ramble in Gleniffer Braes Country Park. You’ll be treated to views over Paisley and Glasgow, and on a good day, you can see all the way to Loch Lomond. Plus, it’s only 5.5 miles from our Glasgow Airport Hotel. If it’s too cold or wet (it is Scotland, after all), what about a day trip to Glasgow? Being only 8.7 miles from our Braehead Hotel means you can spend the whole day exploring Scotland’s big western city. Head to Buchanan Street for a good central close-to-everything location. If you have the time, check out some live music. Glasgow is famous for it.