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Gretna Green

Five Star Scottish Visitor Attraction, Shopping and Wedding Venue at the home of Anvil weddings since 1754

The home of Weddings and the wedding capital of the UK, the Famous Blacksmiths Shop, in Gretna Green, has over 260 years of history and heritage, joining couples since 1754, and is now a world-class, award-winning wedding destination, with a 5-star visitor attraction, shopping and 3 hotels. Through four generations of ownership, since 1885, this family-owned and operated business has been at the heart of Gretna Green and Dumfries and Galloway local history for over 130 years!

Whether you come to Gretna Green to be married, dine, stay overnight in one of our hotels and suites, share a wonderful family day out in our museum and courtship maze, or ‘shop ‘til you drop’ in our fabulous Scottish Gifts and Luxury Brands shopping attraction; we have it all here!

Read more about our romantic, rebellious history

Queen's Award Winner

In 2021, we were awarded, the prestigious and highly coveted Queen's Award for Enterprise: International Trade. 


Gretna Green Weddings

Since that first knock on the door in 1754, Gretna Green has been involved in weddings and joining hearts. The number 1 wedding destination in the UK, offering a range of, All-inclusive wedding packages and venue only weddings, across our Gretna Green hotels and wedding venues, we have something to suit all budgets and guests from just the 2 of you to 180.

We offer intimate weddings, inside our Famous Blacksmiths Shop, over our world-famous Anvil, or we can also offer other Gretna Green wedding venues; including the Historic Marriage rooms at Gretna Hall Hotel and Smiths at Gretna Green hotel, or our Gretna venues including the Water Gardens at Greens Hotel and The Old Toll Bar – First and last house in Scotland. You can find out about wedding costs using our online wedding calculator.

Getting married at Gretna Green where weddings are very special and dreams can come true, can be organised very easily with the help of our wedding planners and wedding team.

Find out more about Weddings and Functions in Gretna Green


Anvil Blessings and Anvil Handfasting

You don’t have to get married at Gretna Green to be a part of the world’s greatest love story. We also offer Anvil Blessings and Anvil Handfasting ceremonies in our Famous Blacksmiths Shop. Both are informal ceremonies, conducted by our Blacksmiths Guides and are a wonderful way to celebrate special occasions or to simply commemorate your visit!

Find out more about both or our Anvil ceremony options here.


5 Star Visitor Attraction

Visit Scotland 5 Star Visitor Attraction

There's more - we're 'not just famous for weddings' there’s Scottish shopping, dining, history, heritage, online shopping and family fun too!

We are located over the border in Scotland, just off the M74 motorway, your first and last stop in Scotland; which makes us a popular destination for lots of visitors including international visitors, we are the Gateway to Scotland. Gretna Green visitor and shopping attraction is a place where you can just stop to stretch your legs, have something to eat and shop too. If you're planning a group visit then see why we were awarded the UK's Most Coach Friendly Shopping Attraction. Come and enjoy our range of delicious Scottish food and drink!

Learn more about why we’re one of the best places to visit in Dumfries and Galloway

Visit Gretna Green

Be tempted to buy our popular range of beautiful Scottish gifts from a number of shops offering a variety of Scottish merchandise including our own brand name products; as well as luxury brands such as Swarovski and Harris Tweed. You can also shop online to purchase gifts and have them delivered anywhere in the world. And if you're hungry, taste the flavour of foods from Scotland in our Luxury Scottish Foodhall or our Blacksmiths Foodcourt.

Afterward, visit our newly designed Famous Blacksmith Gretna Green Experience, to learn more about what made Gretna Green Famous and experience all the emotions as we take you back to the past and into the present of Gretna Green love. You might even be lucky enough to see a couple about to get married! Not forgetting to touch the anvil for good luck in love!

Outside, there is an outdoor play area for children, our LOVE wall and our Courtship Maze too; there really is something for everyone.

Don’t forget to make a trip to the Old Toll Bar too, for breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea and a look at the beautiful, intimate marriage room here; still a popular wedding venue today.

Don’t forget, we also have our two hotels, should you wish to spend more time learning, shopping, dining and exploring Gretna Green!

Discover more about visiting Gretna Green


Gretna Green Shopping

Visit Scotland 5 Star Shopping

Whether you are looking for something to commemorate your visit, the perfect wedding gift or even that perfect new handbag, here at our Five-star Scottish shopping attraction, we have a wide selection of luxury brands and Scottish produce and gifts to tempt you.

From our Award-Winning Foodhall  (where you will find a huge range of Scottish Whiskies and Gins) to our Gretna Green Since 1754 main store, you can get everything from tastes of Scotland to Barbour, Joules, Swarovski and Harris Tweed; not to mention our own luxury cashmere and other Gretna Green branded products. Forgotten something you need for your stay, then we also have our fantastic Wee Big Shop, where you will find everything from newspapers and greetings cards, to confectionary, gifts and even travel essentials.

Don’t have time to stop off? Then visit our Canny Scot Shop in M74 Gretna services,  for a great selection of Scottish foods, gifts, and luxury fashion and accessories.

Shop online at Gretna Green


Gretna Green Hotels

If you are looking for accommodation in Gretna Green and Gretna, then we have you covered. From our luxury, 4-star boutique hotel – Smiths at Gretna Green, just a stone’s throw from the Famous Blacksmiths Shop and our newly refurbished Gretna Hall Historic Marriage House and hotel, built-in 1710, also within walking distance of our five-star tourist attraction; to the First and Last Hotel in Scotland – Greens at Gretna hotel.

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Gretna Green Restaurants and Dining

From our 5- Star, Visit Scotland graded Blacksmiths Foodcourt, LOVE Conservatory Café and Takeaway here at the Famous Blacksmiths Shop, to the Old Toll Bar Restaurant and Marriage Room in Gretna, you can dine in Gretna Green from breakfast until dinner. Whether you’re looking for a self-service meal, a cake and a coffee or afternoon tea; we have you covered.

Additionally, we have restaurants in all of our hotels, offering a range of dining options from A La Carte and private dining to bar/lounge menus, picnics, afternoon tea, Sunday carvery and Sunday lunches and tea-time dining. We even have an AA 2 Rosette restaurant within our Smiths Hotel for those looking for something extra special.

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