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Situated in Renfrewshire, Scotland, the vibrant town of Paisley is the largest in the county and is the area’s administrative centre. Once a burgh, the town boasts a rich and varied history, with the construction of Paisley Abbey putting the town on the map back in the 12th century. In terms of its industrial history, Paisley has strong links with the weaving industry, which is where the names for Paisley Shawl and Paisley Pattern came from. Paisley is home to a variety of interesting landmarks and fascinating sites, many of which reflect its past. This includes Paisley Town Hall, Paisley Museum and Central Library, and Renfrewshire House amongst others.
Paisley has been home to a number of industries over the years, and today a diverse range of businesses take up retail, commercial and office space here. Amongst the big companies that operate from the town are Chivas Brothers, contact centre provider Stellar, and the Swiss firm, Ciba Geigy. The town is also home to the headquarters of Renfrewshire Council, divisional headquarters of Strathclyde Police, and a variety of smaller businesses and retailers.
Entertainment And Dining Out
A range of entertainment options are within easy reach from Paisley. The Paisley Museum and Art Gallery provides historic and cultural entertainment in the area. For those looking to catch the latest movies, Showcase Cinema is the perfect venue. There are also many great pubs in which to relax with a drink or soak up the lively atmosphere. A great choice of restaurants can be enjoyed in Paisley. Hamishes’ Hoose is perfect for tasty Scottish food while Bella Roma serves up great Italian in a relaxing environment. Spanish food can be enjoyed at La Rambla or you can try spicy Indian at Sitar.
Paisley offers convenient road, rail and airport links, with Glasgow International Airport within easy reach for those who require air travel connections. The M8 runs to the north of the town and network of major roads, including the A726 and the A737, run through Paisley. The area is well-served by buses and taxis. There are four railway stations serving the town, including Paisley Gilmour Street on the Ayrshire Coast Line and Paisley St James on the Inverclyde Line.