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Famous Blacksmiths Shop, Gretna Green

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Explore one of Scotland's earliest visitor attractions, 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. Before you head to Gretna Green, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Gretna Green vacation builder, to make sure you see all that Gretna Green has to offer, including Famous Blacksmiths Shop.
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  • If I'm honest the best thing about Blacksmiths shop is the staff. The museum its self was ok but held little interest to me. We went in all the shops associated with the site. The Whiskey shop staff w...  more »
  • Wandered around the Blacksmiths shop and the few other shops in the vicinity. Wasn't that impressed. Very friendly assistants. Huge amount of trinkets and anything remotely "Scottish". Most seemed aim...  more »
  • What a wonderful place to get married. Steeped in history and character, warm friendly atmosphere & lovely staff. If you want something intimate & personal this is definitely the place to get married.  more »
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  • Gretna was of course the first place over the border young lovers could escape English law and get married. It is now many a stopping point for those going further north but it has good facilities. Toilets are free. Plenty of things to buy. Nice restaurant. You can even get married here should you so wish (As many seem to do even today).
  • Great stop of point... Absolutely better than a services, and a ludicrously comprehensive choice of souvenirs if you've forgotten anything for anyone (seriously, I challenge anyone to find the most obscure Scottish souvenir in any of the shops!). The cafe is a bit industrial but I imagine that is a great thing when you are 512th in a queue of thirsty coach trippers waiting for your tea. Piper in the courtyard sets the scene perfectly.
  • Bit of a tourist trap but has developed tremendously since I last visited as a boy four decades ago. Great photo ops and a couple of free things to do like the Maze. Probably changed a good deal more since my Great Granny got married there in the late 19th Century.
  • A great little place with good service and a little area to walk or sit outside. There are shops also within the vicinity
  • Love stopping here to do a little shopping and of course the best whiskey shop where you can sample any of the whiskey you want to buy