Famous since 1754, the Blacksmiths Shop, Gretna Green, is one of Scotland's earliest visitor attractions. A family business since 1885, from its humble beginnings as the home of runaway weddings, Gretna Green has become a 5-star visitor destination with shopping, museum, dining, hotels and the perfect family-friendly day out with our Courtship maze and outdoor play park.
So if you're looking for places to visit in Scotland then Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop should most definitely be on your list. A thriving visitor centre, the Blacksmith Shop has a fabulous range of shopping options & things to do onsite.
From whisky and food tasting to on-the-spot anvil handfasting, you are guaranteed a memorable day!
Open Every Day (Only closed Christmas Day)
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 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 one of our three fabulous hotels including the 4-star Smiths Hotel at Gretna Green or 3* Greens at Gretna and the newly refurbished for 2018, Gretna Hall Historic Marriage House Hotel. Why not 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 is a children's play area and The Courtship Maze. The Maze is shaped like 2 interlocking wedding rings, continuing the romantic theme and entry is free. 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.
So come visit us...
Dumfries & Galloway
Scotland, DG16 5EA
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