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Gretna Green Announces Father's Day Offers

Gretna Green Announces Father’s Day Offers

Treat Dad to a delicious Sunday lunch at Gretna Hall this Father’s Day

  • Surprise Dad by treating him to a whisky tasting experience voucher for two
  • Give Dad a gift straight from the heart with options like Gretna Green whisky, Anvil Ale, Barbour clothing, Gretna Green Fudge & chocolates, or a Gretna Green hipflask, available in-store or online at Gretna Green

Gretna Green, Scotland - May 17, 2023 - Gretna Green, the family-owned wedding and hospitality destination, is pleased to announce its offers for Father's Day 2023. Celebrate the special day and show your gratitude to the man of the hour with the following options:

  • Sunday lunch at Gretna Hall from 12 noon to 6 pm on Sunday 18th June. 1 course for $19.00, 2 courses for $24.70, or 3 courses for $30.40. The menu features a range of delicious dishes including a traditional Sunday Roast.
  • Thoughtful gifts straight from the heart. Gretna Green offers a selection of gifts including Gretna Green whisky, Anvil Ale, Barbour clothing, Gretna Green Fudge & chocolates, Gretna Green hipflasks and more.
  • A whisky tasting experience voucher for a moment that will make a memory for years to come. Treat Dad to a whisky tasting experience voucher for two, available online at for only $49.50.

"Father's Day is a special occasion, and we're excited to help you show your love and appreciation for that father figure in your life," said Isabel Rhodes, Chief Executive of Gretna Green. "With our fantastic Sunday lunch, thoughtful gifts, and unique whisky tasting experience voucher, we're sure that you'll find the perfect way to say 'Thank You' this Father's Day.”

Gretna Green Joins Flock to the Show Campaign

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Gretna Green Joins Flock to the Show Campaign to Celebrate World Sheep Shearing & Wool Handling Championships

• Gretna Green takes part in Royal Highland Show’s Flock to show campaign
• Clova the sheep at Gretna Green Foodcourt from 2 nd to 15th of May
• Locals and visitors are encouraged to visit and get a photo with Clova.

Gretna Green, Scotland – May 2, 2023 - Gretna Green, the family-owned, award-winning, wedding, hospitality, retail, tourism, and experience destination, is excited to announce its participation in the Royal Highland Show’s Flock to the Show campaign.

The campaign celebrates the return of the World Sheep Shearing & Woolhandling Championships, Golden Shears, to the Royal Highland Show 2023, and attracts competitors from around the world and offers a showcase for the very best in sheep shearing and wool handling.

Flock to the Show is a large-scale public art trail that tours across Scotland, featuring decorated sheep sculptures created by local artists. Gretna Green's chosen sheep, Clova from the Flock, will be visiting Gretna Green from 2nd of May until Monday 15 th May. Visitors are welcome to come and meet Clova during her visit at Gretna Green Foodcourt.

Isabel Rhodes, Chief Executive of Gretna Green said: "We are thrilled to be a part of the Flock to the Show campaign and celebrate the run up to the 2023 Royal Highland Show. We encourage everyone to come and see Clova during her visit and make a moment a memory at Gretna Green”


ABBA Tribute Night at Smiths Hotel

ABBA Tribute Night at Smiths Hotel

Grab your dancing shoes and step back in time to the unforgettable tunes of ABBA! Join us at Smiths Hotel on July 21st, 2023 for an exceptional ABBA Tribute Night that will keep you entertained until the late hours of the evening.

For just $57.10 per ticket, you'll enjoy a delectable three-course meal, an arrival drink, and, of course, and of course entertainment. Smiths Hotel boasts a spacious dance floor, making it the ideal venue for the ABBA Tribute Night. Gather your friends, dress up in your finest ABBA-inspired outfit, and let's make it an evening to remember.

But why let the fun end after the party? For just $241.00, you can extend your stay and make the most of your weekend with a comfortable double room and breakfast for two. So, what are you waiting for? Seize this fantastic offer and turn your weekend into an unforgettable experience.

Book your tickets now and get ready for a night full of singing, dancing, and ABBA magic. Whether you are a "Dancing Queen" or not, this is an event you won't want to miss.

Hurry! Tickets are limited, so book now to secure your spot at this fantastic event email: [email protected]. Don't miss out on this opportunity to experience the best of ABBA and create unforgettable memories with friends and loved ones.

Gretna Green Hotels Recognised At Prestige Hotel Awards


Gretna Green Hotels Recognised at Prestige Scottish Hotel Awards

• Prestige Hotel Awards ceremony, recognising excellence across the Scottish hospitality industry, held in Glasgow on 23rd April 2023
• Gretna Green’s Hotel – Smiths and Gretna Hall – were finalists across four different categories
• Gretna Hall Hotel won the award for Scotland’s Best Hotel Team
• Smiths Hotel has been highly recommended as Scotland's Best 4-star Hotel in the South of Scotland

Gretna Green, the family-owned wedding, hospitality, retail, and experience destination, is thrilled to announce that both hotels were recognised at the Prestige Hotel Awards, with Gretna Hall winning Scotland’s Best Hotel Team Award and Smiths Hotel being highly recommended as Scotland's Best 4-star Hotel in the South of Scotland.

The winners of the Scottish Hotel Awards were announced at a gala ceremony held on April 23, 2023, in Glasgow, with Gretna Green’s two hotels – Smiths and Gretna Hall – shortlisted across four different categories. Smiths Hotel was a finalist for Best 4-Star Hotel in the South of Scotland. At the same time, Gretna Hall Hotel was a finalist in three categories: Scotland's Best 3-Star Hotel, Scotland’s Best Hotel Team and Scotland’s Best General Manager.
These prestigious awards recognise the exceptional service and outstanding guest experience delivered by our colleagues across Gretna Green’s Gretna Hall Hotel and Smiths Hotel.

"We are absolutely delighted to receive this award and recognition for our hotels,” said Isabel Rhodes, Chief Executive of Gretna Green. "It highlights the hard work, spirit and passion we see in our colleagues every day who go above and beyond to create memorable experiences for our guests and underscores our commitment to excellence at Gretna Green."


Gretna Hall Awarded AA 4-Star Rating

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Gretna Hall Hotel has been awarded AA 4-star Rating

Gretna Green, the family-owned wedding, hospitality, retail, and experience destination, is thrilled to announce that its Gretna Hall Hotel has been awarded AA 4-star Rating status.

The AA is the UK's leading independent hotel and restaurant guide and its ratings are internationally renowned as a trusted benchmark for quality. The AA inspectors examine every aspect of the hotel's facilities, services, and guest experience, from the cleanliness and comfort of the rooms to the quality of the food and the professionalism of the team.

Gretna Hall's 4-star rating is a testament to the dedication and hard work of the entire team in providing an exceptional guest experience and the recent investment in refurbishing the rooms and bar area at the hotel. The hotel offers stunning suites, exceptional drinking and dining options, 10 acres of beautiful gardens and magnificent marriage rooms on site. The hotel's commitment to providing outstanding customer service is evident in every aspect of its operations, from the warm welcome guests receive on arrival to the impeccable attention to detail in every room.

Commenting on the achievement, Chief Executive of Gretna Green, Isabel Rhodes, said: "We are absolutely delighted to receive AA 4-star Rating status from the AA, which recognizes the fantastic efforts of our team to provide our guests with an exceptional stay. At Gretna Hall, we strive to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere, where our guests can relax and enjoy our outstanding facilities and services. This rating is a testament to our commitment to excellence and our passion for hospitality."

Gretna Green Appoints New Executive Chairman

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  • John Holliday starts with immediate effect; with a growth agenda for one of Scotland’s oldest attractions.
  • Executive with a track record of business growth; local and global.
  • It comes just hours after the company’s Gretna Hall Hotel won Scotland’s Best Hotel Team at the Prestige Awards.

Gretna Green, the world-famous weddings, retail and hotels business, today announces that it has appointed John Holliday as Executive Chairman.

He joins Gretna Green, after 20 years in London, working at four blue-chip media brands including ITV, BBC, Sky News and Bloomberg. The 53-year-old takes over the full-time role from Alasdair Houston, who passed away in June 2021.

Gretna Green family director, Lucy Houston, said: “As a seasoned professional, John brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our team. He has previously served in senior roles at high-profile companies and has a proven track record of driving growth, implementing effective strategies, building and leading successful teams.” Fellow director, Susan Houston, added: “In his new role as Executive Chairman of Gretna Green, John will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of our business, including strategy and growth initiatives. He will work closely with senior management team to ensure that our business continues to thrive and evolve in today's dynamic marketplace.”

Mr Holliday, an ex-professional footballer at Carlisle United and Mansfield Town, has had several successes in business – including taking a U.K. focused broadcast technology and making it truly global; building the world’s smallest TV studio in a box and ‘The Home of the Expert’. A farmer’s son, he grew up at Langwathby near Penrith and returned to Cumbria in 2019 to help grow two businesses in the Eden Valley. He initially joined the Gretna Green Board as non-executive director in 2022. He takes over from chairman John Hammond, who is continuing to support the Board as non-executive director.

“Susan and I are extremely grateful for John Hammond’s kindness and steady support during the last couple of year following Alasdair’s death and thank him for his loyalty, hard work and guidance. We now look to the future and feel this is an exciting time for the company going forward with John Holliday as Executive Chairman,” added Mrs Houston.

Commenting on his appointment, Mr. Holliday said: "I am honoured to be joining the team at Gretna Green as Executive Chairman. This is an iconic global brand with a rich heritage and history. It has a bright future and as custodian I am excited to be part of its continued success. I look forward to working with chief executive Isabel Rhodes and the team to build on the company's strengths and drive growth in new and innovative ways."


Easter 2023 at Gretna Green

 Easter 2023 in Gretna Green

Looking for exciting, memorable things to do this Easter? Why not join us for fun days out, tasty treats and great escapes at the Famous Blacksmiths Shop Attractions, Smiths at Gretna Green Hotel, Gretna Hall Hotel and The Old Toll Bar Cafe, this April 2023?

Find out more below.


 Smiths' Easter Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea at Smiths Hotel

Easter Friday, Sunday and Monday

  • Only $25.30 per person

To book, please email: [email protected] or call: 01461 337007

 Easter Sunday Lunch at Gretna Hall Hotel

Easter Sunday Lunch at Gretna Hall Hotel

Sunday 9th April 2023

  • 1 course for $19.00
  • 2 courses for $24.70
  • 3 courses for $30.40

Book online

Or call 01461 337007 to reserve your table.

 Shop Cocoa Bean Chocolate at the Foodhall at Gretna Green

Shop and enjoy the New Cocoa Bean Easter Range

Available at the Foodhall at Gretna Green at the Famous Blacksmiths Shop Attraction

In store NOW!


Foodhall at Gretna Green, Famous Blacksmiths Shop Attractions, DG16 5EA


 Easter Egg Hunt weekend at Gretna Green

Easter Egg Hunt Weekend at the Famous Blacksmiths Shop

Join us over the Easter weekend for a fun, family Easter egg hunt

Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th April 2023

  • Start at the Foodhall and work your way around the Famous Blacksmiths Shop attraction sites
  • Each child will win an Easter Egg.
  • 10 am - 4 pm

No need to book, just visit us on the day


 $125.60 DBB Easter Stays in Gretna Green

Join us this Easter for a Dinner, Bed & Breakfast break for 2


  • 1 Night Bed & Breakfast
  • $19.00 per person allowance towards dinner
  • Cocktail with meal per person
  • Full Scottish Breakfast the following morning

Book online



 $125.60 DBB Easter Stays in Gretna Green

Join us this Easter for a Break for 2 with Afternoon tea


  • 1 Night Bed & Breakfast
  • Afternoon Tea for two with a glass of prosecco
  • Full Scottish Breakfast the following morning

Book online



Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea at Gretna Green

Treat the 'Mum' your life this Mother’s Day with our scrumptious Afternoon Tea at Smiths Hotel

Enjoy an array of cakes, including the classic Victoria sponge and chocolate fudge cake, as well as our mouth-watering homemade fruit and plain buttermilk scones served with Cornish clotted cream and jam. For the savoury element enjoy a varied selection of sandwiches, including egg mayonnaise and smoked salmon. Enjoy with a selection of teas and coffees or add that extra treat by upgrading to a mini bottle of Bottega.

View Menu Here


Email us to find out more and book on: [email protected]

With mini bottle of Bottega - $35.50

Without bottle of Bottega - $29.10


If you’re looking to treat your ‘mum’ later in the evening you can enjoy our special new Mother’s Day 2022 menu. Enjoy three courses for $34.90 or two for $31.70 you can view our special Mother’s Day menu here.

Exclusive Valentine's Dinner, Bed and Breakfast offer at Gretna Green


Runaway with the love of your life, to the Home of Romance itself, Gretna Green. Book either Smiths Hotel or Gretna Hall Hotel and treat you and your loved one to our exclusive Valentine’s Day Menu, a romantic night's stay in one of our hotel’s deluxe double rooms, and wake up to a full Scottish breakfast the following morning.



For the Smiths Menu, click here

For the Gretna Hall Menu, click here


Email us to find out more and book on: [email protected]

Dates: 11th-14th February 

Price: $184.00

While you're here...

Spoil your partner with our wide range of Valentines’ gifts and treats at our Since 1754 shop. We have a fantastic selection of famous brands including Barbour, Joules and Radley as well as speciality Scottish delicacies such as fudge, jams, whisky and don’t forget our gin selection available! 

Exclusive Valentine's Dinner for 2 at Gretna Green

Celebrating Valentine’s day at Gretna Green

This year celebrate a very romantic Valentine’s day at the original Home of Romance. We have carefully created a variety of enticing deals including both our hotel accommodation and F&B offers. Treat yourself and your loved ones this Valentines’ period at Gretna Green. We all know love is for a lifetime not just a day, however, Valentine's day is all about showing that special person you care and letting them know they matter most. At Gretna Green, we believe in celebrating love and romance all year round, that’s why we have created special offers and menus just for you.

Not only can you and your favourite person enjoy a romantic experience over the Valentines’ period, but you will also be looked after by our team at our beautiful hotels and enjoy food at our award-winning restaurants.

Take a look at our exclusive Valentine's Day Menus

For the Smiths Menu, click here

For the Gretna Hall Menu, click here

Email us to find out more and book on: [email protected]

Dates: 11th - 14th February (inclusive)

Time: 6pm - 9pm daily

Price: $44.40 per person

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