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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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  • The actual blacksmiths shop here is a fascinating place that I rather enjoyed. I suspect I'm not much of a romantic though as I found the stuff about blacksmithing and the old carriages the most inter...  more »
  • Old fashioned service with some history and humor. Bagpipes always fitting and some great photo ops.  more »
  • Did not have enough time in this shop as we came by coach.Well stocked shop.The piper was playing outside.Did not realize that there was so much to see @ Gretna.  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