Gretna Green lies up in the south of Scotland just next to the border separating Scotland and England and was Scotland's first village. Gretna Green has long been associated with eloping couples from England so that they could be married of the anvil at the age of 16. Some 5000 couples still tie the knot in Gretna and Gretna Green each year although now you have to follow modern day laws and customs to do so! There's plenty to offer for the whole family with places to visit such as The Coach Museum and the traditional Scottish shops.
Gretna Green Sculpture Garden is an ideal way to spend quality time with your family. The sculptural pieces in the park are made by both amateur and professional artists and most represent couples. This fits in perfectly with Gretna Green being well known for its 'runaway weddings'. Not just a sculpture park, the grounds have much more to offer such as shops, restaurants and even a coach museum with a rare collection of 19th century coaches, as well as other means of transport. The courtship maze is the perfect way to get lost in the middle of the culture, with winding paths and sharp corners who knows if you'll ever find your way out!
The Famous Blacksmiths Shop is best known for hosting romantic weddings but isn't just the best place for tying the knot! A variety of activities are available within the grounds, such as whiskey tasting and there's even shopping options. Browse the many products available here as well as exclusives that are just at Gretna Green. From women's clothing to Scottish memorabilia there's plenty to treat yourself and for those back home too. Take a taste of Scotland back with you and indulge in the buttery shortbread and fine whiskeys, you won't find any like them anywhere else! Why not visit the historic marriage house that's been joining couples together since 1754! When visiting I'm sure you'll be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of one of the many weddings that people travel from all over the world to participate in.
Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery is a stunning centre point of history, art and nature combined. The Gallery has exclusive exhibitions throughout the year such as the Richard Slee: Work and Play Exhibition which shows some of Britain’s most important contemporary and conventional ceramic art work. Worn to be Wild Exhibition by Katie Plumtree has pieces inspired by British birds and mammals, keeping you closer to the nature. The foundations of Hadrian's Wall are just next to the beautiful grounds of the Gallery and surprisingly close to the breathtaking Lake District. People have been visiting these wanders for over 120 years and counting, why not become one of the many to take a step back in the historical culture?
Famous Blacksmith Shop
Outlet Shopping Centre
Tullie House & Art Gallery
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