Click for Bookshop

Paisley Arts Centre

Located on New Street in the town centre, the Paisley Arts Centre occupies the B-listed former Laigh Kirk which was built in 1738 and converted to its current use in 1987. Run by Renfrewshire Arts and Museums Service, the centre comprises a modern theatre offering a year-round programme of drama, dance, comedy, jazz, popular, classical and folk music. There are also display facilities, together with a bistro, coffee shop and bar.

Built as the New Burgh Kirk on the T-plan by local masons, James Baird and John Hart, this was Paisley's second church after its 13th century Abbey. Dr John Witherspoon (1723-94), who signed the American Declaration of Independence and became President of Princeton College, was the minister here between 1756 and 1766.


Use the tabs on the right of this page to see other parts of this entry arrow

If you have found this information useful please consider making
a donation to help maintain and improve this resource. More info...

By using our site you agree to accept cookies, which help us serve you better