Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop, Gretna Green

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Explore one of Scotland's earliest visitor attractions, Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop. Hailed as "The Gateway to Scotland" and now a thriving visitor center, the shop offers a range of unusual displays, quirky fixtures, and top brands. Also keep an eye out for the Gretna Green Collection. Browse the unusual products from independent designers and manufacturers from all over the UK and overseas. You might catch a glimpse of a newly married couple at the famous black and white building, a historic marriage house popular with eloping couples since 1754. Don’t miss the Courtship Maze, sculpture garden, and the anvil. A children's play area and parking lot are available. Plan your Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop visit and explore what else you can see and do in Gretna Green using our Gretna Green trip planning website.
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  • Visited on a sunny Saturday afternoon, what a massive disappointment , the only two things open were over priced gift shop and food hall, not much selection available in the food hall, staff were...  more »
  • We had our Tudor themed wedding here on 5th November 2021 and it couldn’t have gone any better! From the moment we arrived our Registrar Wilson Weir immediately made us feel special and comfortable...  more »
  • Amazing place of history. Spent a few hours here and went in the maze. Scottish Piper playing in the square was magical. Gretna Green is the place to get married but beware you cannot just arrive and get married. Still about 3 months and worth buying a package. Very reasonable prices. Lovely gift shops and statues. Lunch was lovely and cheap. Most gifts were not overpriced either. Lots of parking available.
  • This is the famous blacksmiths shop where family disputed, or under age (21) couples eloped to get married, the law was different in Scotland from England and this was the first place over the border. Under ancient Scottish loophole in the law the blacksmith had a licence to marry and he used his anvil as his altar. Photo's, 1, Self explanatory. 2,If the brides angry parents caught up with them the blacksmith blocked them at the door while the young lovers hopped into bed, with his daughter sullied the parents withdrew. 3, This is the 'Lucky Arch' the eloping couple would pass through. 4, This is the modern day room used for marriages, complete with a new clean anvil. 5, Here's the original anvil. 6, The arch of friendship and true love. 7, Some old bridal dresses in the museum which is also full of many interesting artefacts of an earlier era. 8, Some couple's still have the romantic notion to marry here, and why not, its their special day after all.. 9,10, Bridal party. 11, Of course being in Scotland the kilted piper is obligatory. 11, The ancients laws have all changed now of course but if all else fails you can now go to the official registry office and do the deed.

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