Paisley Museum is located on the western end of High Street, and was opened in 1871. The building was designed by the well-known Glasgow architect John Honeyman and was paid for by Sir Peter Coats of the famous Coats thread manufacturing family. Housed is a wealth of treasures, from Ancient Egyptian artefacts to reminders of Paisley's industrial past and natural heritage. Among the displays, pride of place goes to The Arbuthnott Missal and the unique textile collection. The Paisley Shawl Collection cared for by Renfrewshire Arts and Museums Service is a Recognised Collection of National Significance to Scotland. Paisley Art Gallery has a year-round program of temporary exhibitions, as well as permanent collections of studio ceramics, paintings and sculpture, and a ceramics collection of over 500 pieces. Admission is free but donations welcome. Opening hours: Tuesday - Saturday (and public holidays) 11am - 4pm, Sunday 2pm - 5pm. See for more information.


The Sma’ Shot Cottages were originally part of an area known as St Mirin’s Square and were used to accommodate workers at the old St Mirin’s Mill, which closed down in the early 1800s. Workers from the Hutchison’s Scouring Mills then occupied the buildings before they were bought by Wilson’s Market and used to house some of their key workers. The Paisley College of Technology took over ownership, eventually being purchased by the Sma’ Shot Society in 1983 and were to become a major visitor attraction in Paisley from 1985. Since then, many thousands of people have visited the cottages to enjoy a glimpse of Paisley’s past and to get a flavour of a mill worker’s life. The cottages now boast an artisan’s kitchen, Victorian parlour, two bedrooms, exhibition room, tea room, shop and an office. The Sma' Shot Cottages are open to the public every Wednesday and Saturday from April to September, 12 noon to 4pm, Fridays 1pm to 5pm. Entry is free. Shuttle Street Paisley, 0141 889 1708


The museum run by a group of enthusiastic volunteers, and has a large collection of photographs, promotional material and machinery from the thread mills of J & P Coats and the Clark families. Coats and Clark Company which was a combination of the Anchor Thread Mill and the Ferguslie Thread Mill, at one time produced 90% of all the thread made in the world. 10,000 workers were employed in the mills. Open April to September every Wednesday and Saturday from 12 noon to 4pm, Abbeymiill Business Centre, Mile End Mill, 12 Seed Hill Road, Ph: 0141 847 1111.