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Half Term Family Activities for Parents & Kids at Gretna Green, Scotland

Visit the Famous Blacksmiths Shop with Family this Half Term

Looking for fun things to do with the kids, this Half Term?

Plan the perfect family staycation in the UK with our NEW October Half Term Breaks special offer! Spend 2, 3 or 4 nights half-board with the family at Smiths or Gretna Hall Hotel from just $432.10 – KIDS EAT FREE! Better still, we have lots of fun kids’ activities right here at Gretna Green or in the surrounding area; perfect for keeping the kids occupied.

Hotel Special Offer

As well as breakfast included for everyone and a delicious 2-course dinner per adult; kids eat absolutely FREE with their choice of 3-course dinner from our children's menu! Better still, get 10% OFF shopping at the 5-star Famous Blacksmiths Shop, and FREE entry to the Blacksmiths Museum!

Plus, enjoy FREE Wi-Fi and FREE unlimited parking. This special offer is only available this October from the 9th onward so be quick to book your half term break now!

Smiths at Gretna Green

As Gretna Green’s only 4-star hotel, Smiths is an award-winning family-friendly hotel situated just a stones-throw away from the Famous Blacksmiths Shop. Smiths’ family rooms are both spacious and contemporary, with a separate area for kids containing bunkbeds and individual TVs, giving both parents and children a little bit of privacy.



Gretna Hall Hotel

Originally built as a manor house 1710, Gretna Hall Historic Marriage House brings together authentic Scottish charm with the modernity of recently refurbished rooms. With a choice of family rooms available, you can pick from a cosy double bed and bunk bed arrangement to our XL family room, complete with fold-out sofa bed for the kids!



Award-Winning Visitor Attraction

If you’re looking for things to do in half term, we’ve got just the place for you! Rated 5 stars by Visit Scotland, the Famous Blacksmiths Shop Attractions, Gretna Green, are world-famous for being Scotland’s Original Home of Romance and runaway weddings, as well as an award-winning tourist attraction with retail shops and dining. If you’re lucky, you might even spot a wedding or two while you’re here!

Fun for the Whole Family

Our Famous Blacksmiths Shop Museum is more than a world-renowned wedding venue! Explore our iconic heritage of elopement and step into the Original Marriage Room to see where Gretna Green’s story began with our very first runaway couple, back in 1754! With lots to learn and plenty to see, including the Famous Blacksmiths Shop’s original marriage anvil, our museum is a fantastic experience for the whole family, and we’re dog-friendly!

Ticket Prices:
FREE when you book our October Half Term Breaks offer!
Under 12s: FREE
Adults: $4.90
Concessions: $3.90


Outdoor Space

As well as letting the kids burn off some energy in our fun children’s play park and snapping a family photo with our fantastic collection of contemporary sculptures, you can even explore our exciting Courtship Maze, shaped like two interlocking wedding rings, and try to find your way to the anvil in the middle! Family and pet-friendly, and absolutely FREE, our Courtship Maze is the perfect activity for families to team up and have fun in. Why not add your very own Gretna Green LoveLock to our incredible colourful collection of locks lining our LOVE sign and maze?

Designer Brand Shopping & Scottish Souvenirs

If you’re planning a spot of retail therapy during your October Half Term break, visit Gretna Green Since 1754 for famous brands, including Joules, Barbour, Swarovski and Radley, fashionable kidswear, luxury 100% cashmere, our fantastic range of genuine Harris Tweed accessories, delicious Scottish food & drink and lots more!

Why not indulge in a brand-new leather handbag and treat the kids to a couple of cuddly soft toys or traditional Scottish kilts? And be sure to bring home a little bit of Scotland for the family with a one-of-a-kind Gretna Green souvenir, including our very own brand fudge or whisky!

Homemade Scottish Meals and Hot & Cold Beverages

Enjoy a delicious lunch in our self-service Blacksmiths Foodcourt, with plenty of tasty hot and cold snacks, full dinners and desserts to choose from. Dine indoors in our spacious restaurant or sit outside in our dog-friendly seating and dining area.

Top Local Family Activities & Locations

Here at Gretna Green, just off the M6 & M74 and only 10 minutes from Carlisle, we’re quite fortunate in being surrounded by so many fantastically fun things to do with kids. So, if you’re asking “where can I find fun family days out near me?”, we’ve certainly got the answer!

Hadrian’s Wall

Hadrian’s Wall, known in Latin as Vallum Hadriani, is a former defensive fortification constructed by the Roman Empire around A.D. 122. The most well-known ruin in England, Hadrian’s Wall is certainly one of the most unmissable tourist attractions in Britain.

Driving distance from Gretna Green: 35 Minutes

Birdoswald Roman Fort

Originally known as Banna, Birdoswald was a Roman fort toward the Western end of Hadrian's Wall. Kids will love exploring the phenomenal ruins of the Roman fort, turret and milecastle.

Driving distance from Gretna Green: 35 Minutes


Just south of Hadrians Wall, Vindolanda was a Roman auxiliary fort with an active archaeology site and ongoing research. A brilliant tourist attraction to visit if you’re looking for exciting kids days out!

Driving distance from Gretna Green: 45 Minutes

Carlisle Castle

Over 900 years old, Carlisle Castle has been the centrepiece of many local historic events, including the imprisonment of Mary Queen of Scots. Discover fantastic views across the city and step below into the original dungeons.

Driving distance from Gretna Green: 20 Minutes

Carlisle Cathedral

Originally founded as an Augustinian priory in 1122, Carlisle Cathedral is the second smallest of England's ancient cathedrals. View the impressive architecture and, if you’re lucky, hear the old organ playing!

Driving distance from Gretna Green: 20 Minutes


Book Your Gretna Green Adventure Today!

With so much to see and do with family, you’re sure to have a fantastic October Half Term with the kids, right here at Gretna Green. Book your hotel stay today.

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