Paisley Abbey

Paisley Abbey

Paisley Abbey
4.5
Missions • Religious Sites
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Jamie H-D
Poole, UK519 contributions
Gorgeous Architecture
Mar 2020 • Couples
Stopped off here on the way to Helensburgh as we HAD to visit. Being a huge fan of Alien I saw in the news that during some refurb work the stonemasons were given pretty much free reign with the gargoyles and someone has done a Xenomorph, so of course we had to stop and see for ourselves! What a stunning building with wonderful intricate detail and of course the gargoyles! We couldn’t go in as it was closed at the time, but the building itself has such presence that it was great just to walk around the outside and take in the structure.
Written August 22, 2020
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Thank you for your kind review. The Abbey is just as stunning on the inside and hopefully one day you will be able to see that as well.
Written August 24, 2020
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GRWLR51
O'Fallon, IL1,007 contributions
So beautiful
Jun 2020 • Friends
I’ve never seen a more beautiful structure. I only wish I could have gone inside. The architecture is complex and so gothic.
Written June 30, 2020
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Gabriel A
Ploiesti, Romania4,078 contributions
An ancient and important Scotish Abbey
May 2019
Paisley Abbey is an old and important church inside Church of Scotland. This is situated in the center of Paisley Town – Renfrewshire.
The Abbey lasts from the XII century (year 1163), „the founder being Walter – High Steward of Scotland and Baron of Renfrew and was an ancestor of Royal House of Steward” (see a panel at the entrance in the church). Another panel at the entrance in the Abbey : „This Abbey was home to monks of the Order of Cluny for the 400 years of its existence”. Since the Reform the Paisley Abbey was a Catholic church. After the Reform it is a parish church.
The exterior of the church is impressive.
Inside we remarked the huge and interesting stained glasses, the large organ (which is one of the six existing in Scotland), the superb wooden pews, the altar, the wooden ceiling, the columns, the gallery, and the tombs of all the six stewards of Scotland.
I recommend warmly a visit here.
Written April 24, 2020
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Torodd F
10 contributions
Obligatory visit
May 2019
I am here far too infrequent as this abbey has a lot to offer.

The gift shop should be the first place of call when arriving. Some really good stuff there and I still got some of it on my wall.
The abbey itself is very good and you can wander around on your own or get some guidance on your own. The guides will ask you what you want. You can also have a silent prayer without anyone disturbing you. The exhibitions are really good and tells the story about this important building. The abbey is spectacular from both the outside and the inside.
I love this building and long to go back after the corona scare.
Written April 10, 2020
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thank you
Written July 3, 2020
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Kerry
6 contributions
A beautiful and very interesting building.
Feb 2020
The Abbey is a historical and beautiful building. Staff were very informative. The gift room had lots of lovely souvenirs and the tea room had delicious cakes
Written March 6, 2020
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Thank you for taking time to write a review of your visit to the Abbey and I am glad you enjoyed your visit and were made to feel welcome. I will pass on your comment to our volunteers in the church and the shop. Please come and see us again soon.
Written March 9, 2020
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stewartfangus
Paisley, UK5 contributions
Wonderful Abbey
Mar 2020 • Solo
Paisley Abbey is a fantastic place to visit it is just steeped in history and has a fantastic cafe and gift shop the building itself is just breathtaking inside and out.
Written March 5, 2020
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Thank you for your review and glad you feel the way we do about it. Please come and see us again soon.
Written March 6, 2020
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Bestboy1
Paisley, UK2 contributions
Historical Masterpieces
Jan 2020
Terrific building that oozes history. Stairs to the tower too much for me . 195 someone said. Tour is very interesting.
Written February 11, 2020
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Thank you for your generous review of your visit to the Abbey and I will pass on your comments to our tour guides. Do come and see us again soon.
Written February 13, 2020
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FCCbuddy
Glasgow, UK9 contributions
Magnificent structure.
Dec 2019 • Family
On open days you can get to the top of the tower which has a 360-degree view of the Clyde valley area (only if you are fit for the steps). The interior is exceptional.
Written December 22, 2019
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Thank you for your kind review, and perhaps see you at our next open day, if not before.
Written December 23, 2019
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Kirsty M
Glasgow, UK66 contributions
Well worth a visit
Nov 2019 • Friends
Although I live within a few miles of Paisley I have seldom visited and this was my first visit to the abbey.
On a cool autumn day we received a warm welcome from two gentleman who were helpful and knowledgable. They left us to explore by ourselves but were available to answer questions.
There are visual displays outlining the many twists and turns of the history of the abbey and some of the historical figures involved.
The abbey is one of the most atmospheric buildings I’ve ever been in. Sitting quietly I could almost hear voices and chatter through the centuries.
Entry is free but the running costs for this stunning building are very high so we were glad to make a donation.
Will visit again.
Written November 22, 2019
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Thank you for your kind review of your visit, I am glad you were made welcome, and we appreciate you making a donation. We have lots of events and services coming up in December, plenty of carols and candles so please do visit us again.
Written November 28, 2019
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Bob50M
Glasgow, UK404 contributions
Still fantastic
Oct 2019
Went to a concert here recently and very impressed. Great acoustics and stunning cathedral. Apparently struggling financially but deserves to be maintained.
Written November 10, 2019
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