Gretna Green Famous Blacksmith Shop
Travelling towards Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop, you first notice up ahead of you the famous black and white building, which is the historic marriage venue popular to eloping couples since 1754. Nowadays couples come from all over the world to marry, with all their guests in tow.
Your journey is nearly at an end as you drive around the centre to the car park which is flanked by rolling fields, with Highland and Belted Galloway cattle grazing nearby.
Once parked up children can head straight for the play park or the nearby Courtship Maze, the attraction's latest feature. Shaped like 2 interlocking wedding rings, the romantic theme continues but for the kids it's a great space to dash around, have a race and enjoy the outdoors.
Curious travellers have journeyed to Gretna Green for over 150 years; following in the footsteps of the countless thousands of runaway couples. Nowadays the romance continues with over 1500 weddings each year, along with those who visit to renew their vows in a romantic blessing over the Anvil. It is from within these very walls that the legend of the Anvil emerged and it is the charm of this little building that has captured the imagination of generations since the first run-away weddings.
Now a fascinating exhibition, you are touched by the atmosphere as you pass through these narrow walls and low ceiling. You hear ghostly voices declaring, "It must be tonight…it must be tonight!" Did the young couple arrive in time and marry or did father catch up with them? All is revealed in the Gretna Green Story.
Entry: £3 adults/£2.75 concessions. Children under 12 years free with an adult.
Charming cottage style buildings surround a courtyard and sculpture garden where shopping features are situated. Step inside and discover an emporium of delights including leading brands of clothing, accessories, footwear, jewellery, children's clothing and gifts, china, crystal and collectibles as well as homeware and a foodhall selling delicious local produce and Scottish delicacies and a whisky house selling speciality and rare malts, blended whiskies and whisky liqueurs.
9.00 am - 5.30 pm: April and May
9.00 am - 6.30 pm: June to September
9.00 am - 5.00 pm: October to March
Whether you are visiting Gretna Green as part of a wedding or not it's a great place to break a journey north or south, enjoy as a day visit or stop for longer at Smiths at Gretna Green Hotel