CIGARETTES AND ALCOHOL
SMOKING: It is illegal to sell cigarettes, tobacco or cigarette papers to anyone in Scotland aged under 18. Smoking is banned in all public places and workplaces.
ALCOHOL: Under the age of 18, you are not allowed to buy alcohol in pubs or shops, or drink alcohol in pubs. It is also unlawful for anyone else to buy alcohol for a person aged under 18 to consume in a pub. If you are aged 16 or 17 you are entitled to drink wine, cider or beer to accompany a meal in a hotel or restaurant. Licensed premises may have to ask for proof of age before serving alcohol. You may be asked for proof of age if you look under 25 years of age to verify that you are at least 18 years of age. This policy is known as “Challenge 25”. The licence holder can use a higher age, for example, 30 years.
Paisley Central Library has free internet access and PC useage for members. If you are not a member you may still be able to use a computer as a guest user. Guest users can't book in advance. The booking must be made in person at the library at the time of use and you may require to show formal identification, such as a bank card, passport or document showing your name and current address. You will be asked to sign a form stating that you agree to the library terms and conditions, and will be restricted to thirty minutes. You may have to wait until a computer is free. Anyone can become a library member, so if you need to use a PC for more than occasional casual access it is better to join the library.
WI-FI HOT SPOTS
The following locations are known to have wi-fi for customers:
Paisley Gilmour Street Station
Paisley Central Library, High Street
Malatso, 50 High Street, Paisley
The Brewers Tap, 18 Moss Street, Paisley
Fresh Fusion, 28 High Street, Paisley
Saporito, 27b Gauze Street, Paisley
Hamishes Hoose, 45 High Street, Paisley
The Old Swan Inn, 20 Smithhills Street, Paisley
Paisley Piazza Shopping Centre
Ta Ta Bella's Tea Room, 63 High Street, Paisley
Ashtree House Hotel (public areas), 9 Orr Square, Paisley
BB's Coffee & Muffins, Paisley Piazza
The Last Post, County Square, Paisley
The Patter Bar, 66-70 Old Sneddon Street, Paisley
The Bankhouse, 7 Gilmour Street, Paisley
The Bull Inn, 7 New Street, Paisley
Leisureland, 57 High Street, Paisley
Semi-Chem, Paisley Piazza Shoping Centre
Argos, 9-11 Causeyside Street
William Hill Bookmakers, Gilmour Street
Lagoon Leisure Centre, 11 Christie Street
Blend Coffee Shop, 25B Causeyside Street
Paisley Centre, between High Street and Causeyside Street
Pro-Life Fitness Centre at 98 New Sneddon Street, Paisley (Phone: 0141 889 5027) allows visitors to Paisley to use the gym facilities on a one-off basis. Just visit reception, fill out a guest card, and pay a guest fee of £5.00. This entitled the guest to full access to all facilities including the spa area. For more information please see www.prolifefitnesscentre.com.
Lagoon Leisure Centre at 11 Christie Street, Paisley (Phone: 0300 300 0250) permits access to their fitness suite for a fee of £5.00, but an initial fee of £15.50 is required before access is granted. www.renfrewshireleisure.com.
Pure Gym at Units 2 & 3 Paisley Retail Park, Renfrew Road, Paisley (Phone: 0845 6838449) is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The offer day passes as well as full membership. Details available from their website at www.puregym.com.
Major foreign currencies can be bought and sold at the following locations:
The Post Office, WH Smith, 14-16 High Street
Thomas Cook, 13a High Street
Thomson, 17 Moss Street
Ramsdens, 8 Moss Street
The Money Shop, 3b Moss Street
ATM / CASH MACHINES
There are many ATM's in Paisley. There is one in both the Paisley Centre and the Paisley Piazza, with others located on St Mirren Street, Gilmour Street, by the Cenotaph and several along the High Street. Some convenience stores, and Paisley Gilmour Street Station, also have ATM's, but sometimes there is a charge to withdraw cash. These charges will be listed on the machine.
There are two sets of public toliets in Paisley's town centre. The Paisley Piazza has toilets and also include disabled toilets and baby changing facilities. The other public toilets are located in the Paisley Centre, on the middle level by the escalators.
Opening hours are:
This Asda supermarket is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, where you can buy products off the shelf, such as paracetamol & ibuprofen, antiallergy tablets, laxative medication, skin creams, and general health products.
Lloyds Pharmacy, 10 High Street, Paisley, (Tel: 0141 889 2304) is open on Sundays 12 noon to 4pm.
The National Health Service (NHS) operates a 24-hour help line on 08454 242424, and will give free medical advice. They will put you through to a health professional who will talk to you about your symptoms and arrange for you to see a doctor or dentist if necessary. The NHS24 website also contains medical advice at www.nhs24.com.
For a suspected stroke, heart attack, serious illness or injury, call 999. When you call 999 the Scottish Ambulance Service will respond with the most appropriate help for your situation. 999 and A&E are services that should only be used for serious illnesses or injuries.
VAT REFUNDS & TAX FREE SHOPPING
To obtain your VAT refund, you need one of the following documents. The shop will give you this:
Travelex, the foreign exchange company, provides a VAT refund service at Glasgow Airport.