Gretna Green, Scotland The Home of Runaway love…
The year was 1754, a humble blacksmith located on a major junction connecting the North to the South finds itself surrounded by runaway couples seeking marriage officiants to help them officially tie the knot. Following the Clandestine Marriages Act 1753, which prevented couples under the age of 21 marrying in England or Wales without their parents’ consent. These couples who were seeking marriage outside of these restrictions were sympathised with by village locals and the ‘Blacksmith Priest’, YES they exist. Who would conduct marriage ceremonies over the now world famous anvil in the small blacksmith shop he ran with his wife.
Can I still get married at Famous Blacksmiths Shop, Gretna Green?
YES! If you are interested in finding out more about tying the knot at this historic wedding venue click below:
Today the Blacksmiths Shop stands proudly in the same spot it has done for centuries.
Nowadays, not only does it remain one of Scotland’s most famous wedding venues, it is also a 5 Star Award-winning Visit Scotland Visitor Attraction; offering everything from their historic museum and family-friendly activities, to famous brand shopping, experience days, dining and an award-winning food hall!
Uncover the history surrounding Gretna Green and the Blacksmiths shop at the historical marriage museum. With the romantic stories and love letters of centuries gone by, as well as reenactments, engaging talks and varied exhibits – there’s plenty to see and do.
Sense the anticipation and high emotions felt by the countless thousands of couples who have entered the Famous Blacksmiths Shop: young loves making a frantic dash in the dead of night with frenzied horsemen in hot pursuit! The blacksmith’s cottage and workshop sit virtually untouched and you can easily imagine those fleeing lovers, hands clasped tightly, awaiting the moment when the Blacksmith Priest strikes the Anvil and declares “Under the ancient rights and laws of Scotland you are now man and wife.”
If you thought the jump from a Blacksmiths to a Wedding Venue was a big leap, then think again. Now featuring a 5 star foodcourt Gretna Green Blacksmiths leap may have been large but handled with absolute and untter grace, don’t believe us, visit the foodcourt for yourself!
Enjoy the comfort of traditional, wholesome meals reflecting the flavour of Scotland and the local region. The ingredients are selected to represent the diversity of local and Scottish produce, and cater to a variety of different tastes and dietary requirements, with several vegetarian options also available.
This light and airy restaurant and bar offers a spacious self-service area where on display is a range of dishes from light snacks to cooked meals, including a carvery and delicious home-baking as well as hot and cold refreshments.
The décor is fresh and bright with a modern feel. The romance of Gretna Green is reflected in the pictures that decorate the walls and in the bar area, a custom-made massive double-sided open fire with Blacksmith beaten steel canopy features as a centrepiece.
There’s outdoor dining space too and their LOVE Conservatory which overlooks the Sculpture Garden, making a great spot to people-watch as wedding parties come and go from the Famous Blacksmiths Shop.