Paisley Abbey
Paisley Abbey
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  • Tom Price
    78 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Local Guide
    We had an amazing tour of the Abbey from a local volunteer Mr Bonnar. As a surveyor, he expertly pointed out the most interesting aspects of the the buildings historic changes and renovations. His knowledge of the history surrounding the Abbey was also incredible and we learnt a lot. A beautiful building with many stories hidden inside. We spent about an hour here but you could easily spend longer.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 March 2023
  • Joan B
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well Worth a Visit
    Excellent tour by local volunteer. He gave us a very informative talk on the history and architecture of this ancient, stunning building. Surprising there weren't more visitors given this is the height of tourist season. Maybe more publicity needed? The cafe is run by volunteers as well and offers tea and cakes. Very nice but probably would get more footfall if there was a bit more on offer, like sandwiches or soup. What support is given by the local tourist agencies, council or other public bodies?
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 June 2023
  • Kat
    Gourock, United Kingdom591 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Guided Tour
    Took the guided tour today and thoroughly enjoyed it . The volunteer guide was excellent -she had lovely manner with the small group and was able to answer any questions knowledgeably . The guided tour is available on Tuesdays & Thursdays at 2 PM and lasts around an hour . Tickets can be purchased in the gift shop -£5- which goes towards the upkeep of the abbey . They also have a coffee shop and a well stocked gift shop . The abbey is a working church with it's weekly Sunday services as well as weddings etc. and is also the venue for concerts occasionally .
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 August 2023
  • Brian K
    Renfrew, United Kingdom658 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Live nearby
    We have lived in paisley for 20 years and have walked past the abbey on many occasions but had never visited .. we were off on holiday from work and decided we would finally do the tour of the abbey . Tickets are £5 with tours on Tuesday and Thursday . The lady who took the tour was very pleasant and knowledgeable . The interior is impressive with a long and interesting history . It was raining heavily outside so it was very nice to spend a couple of hours in our small group getting a bit of An education on a local landmark .
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 August 2023
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Julia Y
29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
It would be so easy to skip over this little Abbey, but you would miss so much! It is lovely with an interesting history. Amazing architecture. Really nice people work there.
Written 21 September 2023
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Brian K
Renfrew, UK658 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
We have lived in paisley for 20 years and have walked past the abbey on many occasions but had never visited .. we were off on holiday from work and decided we would finally do the tour of the abbey . Tickets are £5 with tours on Tuesday and Thursday . The lady who took the tour was very pleasant and knowledgeable . The interior is impressive with a long and interesting history . It was raining heavily outside so it was very nice to spend a couple of hours in our small group getting a bit of An education on a local landmark .
Written 28 August 2023
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Kat
Gourock, UK591 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Took the guided tour today and thoroughly enjoyed it . The volunteer guide was excellent -she had lovely manner with the small group and was able to answer any questions knowledgeably . The guided tour is available on Tuesdays & Thursdays at 2 PM and lasts around an hour . Tickets can be purchased in the gift shop -£5- which goes towards the upkeep of the abbey . They also have a coffee shop and a well stocked gift shop .
The abbey is a working church with it's weekly Sunday services as well as weddings etc. and is also the venue for concerts occasionally .
Written 17 August 2023
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Joan B
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Excellent tour by local volunteer. He gave us a very informative talk on the history and architecture of this ancient, stunning building. Surprising there weren't more visitors given this is the height of tourist season. Maybe more publicity needed? The cafe is run by volunteers as well and offers tea and cakes. Very nice but probably would get more footfall if there was a bit more on offer, like sandwiches or soup. What support is given by the local tourist agencies, council or other public bodies?
Written 29 June 2023
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Tom Price
78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
We had an amazing tour of the Abbey from a local volunteer Mr Bonnar. As a surveyor, he expertly pointed out the most interesting aspects of the the buildings historic changes and renovations. His knowledge of the history surrounding the Abbey was also incredible and we learnt a lot. A beautiful building with many stories hidden inside. We spent about an hour here but you could easily spend longer.
Written 12 March 2023
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Liz Barclay
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
One of the finest churches in Scotland with a fascinating history.
It is thought that William Wallace was educated by monks from the Abbey.
Princess Marjory, the daughter of Robert the Bruce died at the abbey after a riding accident nearby.
Written 8 February 2023
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hairdy
Preston, UK2,270 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Solo
I was very impressed by the abbey, from the entrance by the Place and it's arches, into the Abbey with the Barochan Cross, the beautiful stained glass, carvings and breathtaking architecture. Very helpful guides are there to help you, or just maje your own way around. Make sure when leaving to walk the outsides and find the alien gargoyle, and laugh at the other ones! Paisley is well worth a visit for the day
Written 22 January 2023
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Jane L
Glasgow, UK26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
One of my favourite buildings in Paisley! We stopped in and there was a beautiful history of the abbey in pictures, and the came out so the stained glass windows were stunning!
Written 25 November 2022
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stillroaminabout
Glasgow, UK93 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
There are obviously many examples of pre-Reformation Churches in Scotland but without doubt, Paisley Abbey has to be up there with one of the best? The stained glass windows are stunning and the historical links well documented, particularly links with the early Stewart/Stuart kings and the current monarchy.
The staff, mostly volunteers are very welcoming and our guide was extremely knowledgeable and entertaining as well as informative. Guided tours are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1pm and well worth the £5 charge.
Definitely worth a return visit in my view.
Written 18 August 2022
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Gene R J
Silver Spring, MD9,099 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
We stopped here on our drive from Tyndrum to New Lanark, turning off M 8 and following Google maps to the street parking(1 GBP/hr) adjacent to this 12th C abbey. Arriving at the 10:30 AM opening, a friendly docent handed us an information sheet and pointed us in the direction of circulation. Initially home to monks of the Order of Cluny for its first 400 years, since the 1560 Reformation it has been a parish church and throughout, a burial site for Scottish royals. After seeing its 10th century stone cross, 1872 organ, choir pew animal sculptures and ornate ceiling, we exited to the adjacent 1882 Town Hall, undergoing a massive 2 year renovation.
Written 26 May 2022
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