Welcome to Woodside

The treelined pathways, secluded corners and peaceful gardens combine to make Woodside Cemetery and Crematorium a memorable place both to visit and to celebrate a life. Located in the West End of Paisley, Woodside offers a unique atmosphere and is steeped in local and national history. You are welcome to explore the monuments and to enjoy the gardens.


About Woodside

The Paisley Cemetery Company Limited started business in 1845, to provide additional burial space at Woodside in response to the needs of a rapidly growing local population. Woodside Cemetery was laid out in 1845 to a design drawn up by Stewart Murray, curator of Glasgow Botanic Gardens. Situated on a low hill-top position between Woodside House and Ferguslie House, the “garden cemetery” extended to just over 20 acres and incorporated the recently built Martyr’s Church and the adjacent Covenanter Martyrs Memorial.  Murray’s design was inspired by the earlier garden cemetery, The Glasgow Necropolis, which also took its inspiration from Pere Lachaise, the first hill-top garden cemetery, in Paris, laid out in 1804 by Alexandre-Theodore Brongiart.

The Company went on to become a member of the Federation of British Cremation Authorities in 1938, with the provision of a new, purpose built crematorium, designed by the well-known local architect James Steel Maitland.  One of the finest buildings of its kind anywhere in the country; it was opened on 28th October 1938 by the Rt, Hon. Lord Salveson, and is today a well preserved listed building.

Please click here to download a copy of our Woodside Information Guide which provides details of services available, service times and pricing. 

Safety Information

Visitors are advised not to touch the monuments and keep to the paths at all times.  Children should be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Information on individual headstones is available from the cemetery office.


Woodside offers the facility to commemorate your loved one by the provision of various memorials.

Historical Research

Search for a family member or relative using our online database.

Fees & Charges

We offer a range of times and prices for our cremation services, with the aim of providing affordable options to all.

Where to find us & Opening hours

Office opening hours:
Monday to Friday:
9.00am – 5.00pm

9.00am – 12.00noon

Please click here for a map of Woodside.


Viewing times for the book of remembrance are:
Monday to Friday:
9.00am – 5.00pm
9.00am – 12.00 noon
By appointment only
Open on Easter Sunday, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Remembrance Sunday from 12 – 3pm.