VISIT GRETNA GREEN
9.00 am – 5.00 pm Daily
Open Every Day of the Year (Except Christmas Day)
How to get to Gretna Green?
Get to us by car or coach
Gretna Green is only 10 minutes from Carlisle, just over 60 minutes from Glasgow, 90 minutes from Edinburgh and 120 minutes from Manchester.
We are located just off Junction 22 M74 & Junction 45 M6
Find us at DG16 5EA
Get to us by train
You can catch a train to Gretna Green station from Glasgow or Edinburgh in the north, or from London, Newcastle, Manchester or Birmingham, in the south, via Lockerbie or /Carlisle. Simply exit the train station towards Gretna Hall Hotel and we’re a short 3-minute walk beyond, up the hill.
ABOUT GRETNA GREEN
What is Gretna Green?
Famous for love and romance since 1754, Gretna Green is truly a place to fall in love with.
A Family-owned business since 1885, Gretna Green is a 5-star visitor destination with great experiences, great shopping, great food & drink, great spaces, great things to do, and the chance to behold the world’s greatest story of love.
What to do in Gretna Green?
Visit us to discover the enchanting Famous Blacksmiths Shop - the Original Home of Romance, Blacksmiths Foodcourt and Bar, our Scottish Foodhall, our flagship Gretna Green since 1754 Shop, and stunning outdoor spaces including the Sculpture Garden, Courtship Maze and outdoor children's play park.
If you're looking for places to visit in Scotland, Gretna Green since 1754 should most definitely be on your list. Enjoy a great day out filled with fun, food, drink, shopping & heritage. A visit today is almost as thrilling as eloping to marry over the famous anvil itself hundreds of years ago.
If you're lucky you may just catch a glimpse of a couple who have just been married and have thus joined the unbroken thread of Gretna Green history.
A GREAT PLACE TO STOP OFF
Where is Gretna Green?
Gretna Green is a small village in Dumfries & Galloway and the first village in Scotland when you cross the border from England via the A74 and M74 and the A6 and M6 motorway.
Gretna Green is a great place to break a journey north or south or even stop off on your travels to enjoy a couple of hours packed with love, shopping, flavour and heritage.
With plenty of parking for cars and coaches, spacious clean toilets, a drivers’ rest area, 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 the M74/M6 motorway.
Set your SATNAV or your Phone Maps to take you to DG16 5EA
A GREAT BASE TO EXPLORE CUMBRIA AND DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY, AND BEYOND
Hailed as 'The Gateway to Scotland' - Gretna Green is a great place for families, couples and groups to use as a base to explore the South of Scotland or Cumbria.
Where to stay when visiting Gretna Green?
We have two magnificent 4-star hotels on site, Smiths Hotel at Gretna Green and Gretna Hall Hotel, where you can stay for a few nights and make Gretna Green the place where your adventure begins.
If you’re wondering, ‘is Gretna Green worth visiting’, or perhaps even ‘is Southwest Scotland worth visiting’, the answer is yes, absolutely. Explore the indoor and outdoor activities, shopping, dining and experiences on site before looking further afield and visiting other attractions in the surrounding land.
Where else can I visit near Gretna Green?
Use Gretna Green as a place to stay and a base to explore Caerlaverock Castle, Drumlanrig Castle, The Brow Well, Birdoswald Roman Fort for Hadrian’s Wall, Carlisle Castle, Tullie House Museum, Netherby Hall, the Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura and more.
Looking for an alternative Scottish or English city heritage escape? Stay in the more tranquil and scenic surroundings of Gretna Green and take day trips to Glasgow, Edinburgh or Newcastle to explore the iconic landmarks these three cities have to offer, as well as nearby Carlisle city, with its centuries-old Roman history. We’re also the perfect base for great days out in the Lake District.
Edinburgh Castle, St Giles Cathedral, the Scottish National Gallery, Newcastle’s Angle of the North, and Glasgow’s Riverside Museum or Kelvingrove Art Gallery are also only a car ride or train ride away.
Gretna Green is also the first heritage spot in Scotland, making it a great stop-off point if you’re travelling north to enjoy Scotland’s iconic NC500 North Coast 500 road trip tour, or the SWC300 – Southwest Coast 300 road trip, that takes you on a tour of the sandy beaches and hilltops of Dumfries and Galloway and South Ayrshire.
DON'T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT
Here's what our visitors have to say about Gretna Green
"An amazing must-go attraction when visiting Scotland. There are toilets, cafés and a big souvenir shop that sells a variety of things. Although it is famous for runaway marriage in the old days, there are still many people coming here to get married (as we saw groups of properly dressed people coming to attend the wedding ceremony). It's a place that could make people feel loved and happy." - Cheri Choi, Google Review
"Beautiful place. Wasn't sure what to expect but blown away with how it's all set out. You have to go in every shop as they all have something different. Go see the Blacksmiths museum, its a must. We also saw a wedding which was the icing on the cake." - Angie Moon, Google Review
"An absolutely stunning place! There are places to eat and drink, public toilets, some beautiful shops, a park for the kids to play in and a love wall/ love maze where you can attach a padlock to with your names on which we thought was a lovely idea (you can buy the locks from the shop)." - Rachel Kemper, Google Review
"Fantastic little walk around! Beautiful area, dog friendly and overall very pleased we stopped her to end our trip to Scotland." - Stevn Harlock, Google Review
"Good place, loads of parking and a big store with clothes and lots of other stuff, top brands and good collection of whiskeys. Big dining hall with plenty of seating and good food." - Kevin White, Google Review