Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop


Headless Cross, Gretna Green, Dumfries & Galloway, DG16 5EA

    Steeped in history and magical charm, Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop is where couples have come to marry since 1754.

    The historic Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop draws you in to its romantic and often dramatic past. Here the Story of Gretna Green unfolds. Why was the romantic lure of Gretna Green so irresistible for young couples of yesteryear and so popular with brides and grooms today?

    Audio-visual displays bring to life the drama of Gretna Green runaway weddings and there is also a fascinating collection of memorabilia and artefacts from the days when couples crossed the border to take advantage of Scotland's lenient marriage laws. See letters, telegrams and marriage certificates from those who defied their family by running away to Gretna Green.

    Enter the actual room where couples, past and present, get married. Touch the famous Anvil, the symbol of romance in Gretna Green. Legend has it that if you touch the Anvil good fortune in affairs of the heart will be yours.

    Surrounding the historic Blacksmiths Shop there's a cluster of traditional cottage style buildings. Not only are you taken aback by the scale of the shopping features but the colourful and modern interiors will surprise with stylish displays and stunning features full of character.

    Relax in the Sculpture Garden and Blacksmiths Courtyard while children let off steam in the play-park. Enjoy the Scottish countryside in the challenging Courtship Maze, a pair of 20m diameter stone built interlocking wedding bands.

    5 Visitor Attraction
    Green Tourism Silver Regional Winner Mobility difficulties
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2014 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2014 - 31 Dec 2014


    • Restaurant


    • Public Toilet Facilities

    Payment Methods

    • JCB Card
    • American Express Card
    • Switch Card
    • Solo Card
    • Delta Card
    • Diners Card
    • Mastercard
    • VISA Card


    • Coach Parking On-site
    • Parking
    • On Public Transport Route
    • Free Parking On-Site


    • Baby Changing Facilities Available
    • Outdoor Play Area
    • Children Welcome


    • ASVA Member

    Special Requirements

    • Senior Citizens
    • Coach Parties Welcome
    • Families
    • Single Travellers
    • School Groups Welcome
    • Groups Welcome
    • Young People
    • Pets Welcome
    • Business Travellers
    • Disabled Citizens

    Wedding Services

    • Wedding Packages Available
    • In-house Co-ordinator
    • Religious Ceremony
    • Reception Facilities
    • Civil Ceremony

    Road Directions

    From the south Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop is just off the M6/M74, 10 miles north of Carlisle. From the north the attraction is only an hour and a half from Glasgow or Edinburgh. Follow the brown tourist attraction signs off the motorway.

    From the A75 (Euro route) Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop is 40 minutes from Dumfries. Take the slip road off for Gretna/Gretna Green before joining the M6. Follow the brown tourist attraction signs.

    Public Transport Directions

    Getting there by railway:- A short walk from Gretna Green Railway Station turn left out of the station then first right up the hill. Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop sits at the top of the hill on a T junction.

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