Gretna Green is one Scottish village that needs no introduction. Located on the Scottish/English borders, it became world famous as the haunt of runaway couples who wanted to bypass legal age limits in England and get married. Since then businesses based around the wedding industry continue to flourish, and there are packages available to suit most needs, including booking a wedding venue.
One of the most famous venues in Gretna Green is the Blacksmiths Shop, which has been a feature of the village since 1712, and was one of the first places to host weddings. There is a choice of 3 authentic rooms for marriage ceremonies, complete with artefacts from the 1700’s, along with the more modern Smithy Restaurant. Other wedding venues include a converted church called Anvil Hall, which is ideal for large wedding parties, Gretna Old Parish Church, and the Mill Forge. This complex boasts a Wedding Chapel, Restaurant, Function Rooms and Guest Accommodation.
Although it’s possible to stay at both the Mill Forge and Smiths 4 Star Boutique Hotel, they are by no means the only accommodation options for both marriage parties, and tourists in Gretna. Popular hotels include Gretna Chase Hotel, Garden House Hotel, and the Gables Hotel, while there are also a number of self-catering options. Braids Caravan Park, Anvil View Guest House, Church Square Apartments, and Brackenhill Tower, are all in or near Gretna village.
Many of the facilities in Gretna are geared towards wedding parties, although there are a few other attractions, including numerous restaurants, the Gretna Gateway Outlet Village, the Gretna Golf Club and Driving Range, and the museum at the Old Blacksmiths Shop. Gretna also provides an ideal base for exploring the Dumfries and Galloway area, particularly if you are interested in the wildlife that inhabits the Solway Firth, or the walks available along Hadrians Wall, the Grey Mare’s Tail (Moffatt), and the Talkin Tarn (Brampton). Also worth a visit is the town of Dumfries, which houses the Robbie Burns centre, the Devils Porridge War Exhibition located between Eastriggs and Dornock, and a variety of attractions in the Lake District are also within reach. Children haven’t been forgotten either, with Mabie Farm Park in Dumfries, Dalton Pottery Art Café, Westlands Activity Centre in Annan, and Cream O’Galloway (Ice Cream makers) near Gatehouse of Fleet, all catering for the young ones. Travelling back across the border into England also opens up a wealth of possibilities in the Lake District and The Pennines.
So whether you decide to get married in or just visit Gretna Green, or use it as a base for your holiday, there is no shortage of facilities or things to do in and around this romantic and historic hotspot, all of which are easily accessible. Gretna Green has its own train station, with a further station at Carlisle some ten miles away. The village is also well signposted off the M74 Motorway, and if you do want to fly, the nearest airports are Newcastle (65miles) and Glasgow (115 miles away).