Visit Gretna Green

Famous since 1754, the Blacksmiths Shop, Gretna Green, is one of Scotland's earliest visitor attractions so if you're looking for places to visit in Scotland then Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop should most definitely be on your list. Now a thriving visitor centre, the Blacksmiths Shop has a fabulous range of shopping options & things to do onsite.

Open Every Day (Only closed Christmas Day)

  • 9.00 am - 5.30 pm: April and May
  • 9.00 am - 6.00 pm: June to September
  • 9.00 am - 5.00 pm: October to March

Hailed as 'The Gateway to Scotland' - Gretna Green may be famous for weddings but it is also a great place for families and couples to come and enjoy time together experiencing a variety of indoor and outdoor activities, including excellent shopping and great places to eat.

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 or even to enjoy as a day visit. With spacious clean toilets, baby changing facilities and a range of delicious takeaway or sit-in food on offer you'll never have to worry again about where to stop on M74/M6 motorway.



Gretna Green has the added advantage of not just being another motorway service station this is a destination full of history with lots to see and do. You can even stop for longer at Smiths Hotel at Gretna Green and explore the nearby attractions in Dumfries & Galloway or even cross the border in Carlisle, along Hadrian's Wall and the Lake District.

When you reach the Famous Blacksmiths Shop attractions at the top of Gretna Green village, you immediately come upon the famous black and white building, which is the historic marriage house popular with eloping couples since 1754. Nowadays couples come from all over the world to marry, with all their guests in tow... if you're lucky you may catch a glimpse of a couple who have just been married and have thus joined the unbroken thread of Gretna Green history.

Enter by driving around the centre, passing the picturesque Sculpture Garden, which is surrounded by quaint shopping features and you will arrive at the car park, which is flanked by rolling fields.

Near to the car park there are children's play areas alongside The Courtship Maze which has just recently opened. It's a perfect spot for children to let off steam after the journey or to stretch your legs and take the dog for a walk. To enter the main attraction simply follow the signs and go through the archway to enjoy your visit!

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