Bursting with creative flair, energy and inspiration, Paisley is an ideal town for students looking to study at one of the local universities or colleges or in the nearby city of Glasgow. This pretty town is one of Scotland’s best-kept secrets when it comes to student living.
While the town is all about enjoying the slower pace of life, there’s plenty of entertainment around and things to do in Paisley when you need it. Paisley has a vibrant music and entertainment scene. In an era where many UK cities were banning punk music, Paisley welcomed them with open arms, giving the town a bit of a reputation for being a music rebel with a strong punk music scene.
Free things to do in Paisley
We know that student life is all about budgeting, so we’ve found a few great free things to do in Paisley for students to keep busy.
- Visit The Secret Collection
Join a free guided tour of The Secret Collection, a museum store housing collections of costume and textiles, natural history, social history, world cultures, science and art.
- Relax at the Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park
Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park is Scotland’s largest regional park. There are paths for you to enjoy a walk, run or cycle around 108 square miles. Or simply relax and enjoy the Scottish countryside.
- Tour Paisley Abbey
There are free guided tours of this historic church on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2pm. Paisley Abbey was originally founded in 1163.
- Walk the Paisley historic route
Paisley has an easily walkable historic centre with Scotland’s largest concentration of listed buildings outside of Edinburgh. Download this walking trail to learn more about the historical spots to look out for.
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