Posted by Lüdia Stahlschmidt - July 26, 2019
Travelling to a Festival this summer? Take a Break with a Stop-Off at the Famous Blacksmiths Shop, Gretna Green!
Edinburgh Fringe, Rebellion, Reading & Leeds, Solfest, Creamfields, Edinburgh Military Tattoo… Whichever festival you’re travelling to this summer, make Gretna Green your designated ‘pit stop! Just off the M6, M74 and A75, the Famous Blacksmiths Shop 5-Star Visitor Attraction is much more than you think. The perfect place to rest up with free parking, 5-star toilet facilities, dining, shopping and more!
Eating and Drinking at Gretna Green
Travelling is hungry work, so why not take a seat in our spacious self-service Foodcourt & Bar? Choose from homemade Scottish meals, sandwiches, cakes, and plenty of hot and cold refreshments for the designated driver. Your passengers can enjoy a beer, ale or spirits from our bar while you relax with a piping-hot coffee of your choice to prepare you for the road ahead.
If the weather’s nice, why not take advantage of our LOVE Conservatory’s outdoor dining area? Sit in the summer sunshine with delicious cakes and ice-cold drinks while you plan out the rest of your journey. If you’re lucky, you might even spot a wedding or two!
Discover Our World-Renowned History at the Famous Blacksmiths Shop Museum
Got a little time to spare? Why pass up the opportunity to learn about something incredible?
Gretna Green’s rich heritage is built upon the stories of thousands of young runaways who were hastily wed over the famous Marriage Anvil. Find out all about our amazing history of elopement and scandal and why the Original Home of Romance is famous, worldwide, as you step into the very room where our tale began right back in 1754.
Plus, for this summer only, experience up-close the incredibly detailed, handmade wedding dress creations by talented Third Year Students from the University of Edinburgh’s College of Art (ECA) in our ‘As You Like It’ Costume Exhibition. Just $4.60 per standard ticket, this exhibit is a fantastic display of skill and creativity that you simply must see! But hurry, as this exhibit only runs until 31st August 2019!
Grab Your Pre-Festival Essentials and Post-Festival Fashion and Gifts
Discover our enormous range of famous name brands, accessories and Scottish souvenirs at Gretna Green Since 1754. Looking for that extra something for your festival experience? Check out all the latest trends and fashions from Joules, Barbour, Harris Tweed, Radley, the Cambridge Satchel Company and, brand-new to Gretna Green, Craghoppers outdoor clothing!
Prepare for any weather with Craghoppers’ huge selection of fleeces, trousers and, of course, lightweight waterproof jackets – an ultimate essential for any festival-goer. Or why not check out Joules’ fantastic range of waterproof packaway jackets and ponchos? Available in a multitude of playful designs and colours.
Be sure to take a look at all our woollen tartan blankets (currently with up to 25% off!) to keep you extra cosy on those cold nights. Or, better still, grab yourself a pair of 100% cashmere socks for extra comfort to soothe your feet after a long day walking around.
Heading to Rebellion Punk Festival this August? Then you must check out our fantastic assortment of tartan fashions, including Royal Stewart and Menzies tartan; available in anything from ties to trousers!
Psst! Did you know that most festivals have a no-glass policy? Discover all of our fantastic, high-quality hip-flasks to keep your drinks safe this festival season!
Food, Drink and More for the Onward Journey
At our very own Foodhall at Gretna Green, we have plenty of drinks, treats and snacks to keep you refreshed the whole journey, including Scottish favourites such as shortbread and Irn Bru. Discover our new Sweetie Shop, featuring all the tasty classics to nibble on in the car, or get that festival feeling with the latest flavours from Edinburgh Gin or our brand-new collection of Scottish beers!
Before you go, be sure to drop by the Wee Big Shop for all your travel and festival essentials; from toiletries to medication, earplugs to neck pillows, Scottish goodies to takeaway snacks!
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Overnight Stays at Gretna Green
Long-distance driving can be an arduous task, so how about treating yourself to one of our special offers or last-minute deals at our three fantastic hotels? Sure to have you well-rested and re-energised for the drive ahead.
Just off the motorway and with plenty to discover, there’s no need to stop by a service station this summer when you can experience the rich Scottish heritage of Gretna Green on your travels, with all the necessities and much more at your fingertips!
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