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Hotels in Gretna Green
Gretna Green is a village in Dumfries and Galloway near the mouth of the River Esk in southern Scotland, and is famous for runaway weddings.
Hosting over 5000 weddings every year, the village is one of the world's most popular wedding destinations. Full of interesting history, great shops and of course, excellent Scotch whisky, we know you'll enjoy your stay.
Gretna Green first became popular for runaway marriages in 1754 when Lord Hardwicke's Marriage Act came into force in England. Under the Act, if a parent of a minor under the age of 21 objected, they could prevent a marriage going ahead. The Act was passed as law in England and Wales but not in Scotland.
The Old Blacksmith's Shop, built in 1712, and Gretna Hall Blacksmith's Shop became focal tourist points for the marriage trade, and The Old Blacksmith's became an attraction in 1887.
The tradition of the local blacksmith and his anvil are lasting symbols of Gretna Green weddings. Scottish law allowed for almost anybody to have the authority to conduct a marriage ceremony, provided that it was in front of two witnesses. The blacksmiths in Gretna were famous for marrying couples and became known as anvil priests.
The Gretna Green Story is a must see exhibition set in the Blacksmiths Shop. To this day it still plays host to thousands of weddings each year on a daily basis as people flock from far and wide to be married over the famous Original Anvil. There is also a rare collection of 19th Century horse-drawn carriages, owned by the custodians of the Blacksmiths Shop; one of these carriages carried Queen Victoria.
You can't visit Scotland without sampling a wee dram and The Whisky House at Gretna Green is well-known for its vast range of popular yet unusual blends, and its rare malts.
Want to get married?
For just £530 you can get married at Gretna Green with the Blacksmiths Wedding Package. It's a perfect choice if it's just you and your partner, and includes witnesses and photography. Alternatively for £1,000 you could opt for the ‘Grand Opening' Package, which includes a meal for 10, drinks package and evening snack.
Food and drink
Though a small village, Gretna Green has a number of eateries. Try a great regional meal with fresh, local ingredients in the Foodhall at Gretna Green, or enjoy a carvery or light snack at the Blacksmiths Restaurant.
Alternatively choose from the large amount of Gretna Green hotels, such as Gretna Hall, whose Anvil restaurant offers an á la carte menu in the evenings.
Frequently asked questions about Hotels in Gretna Green
What are the best hotels to stay in Gretna Green?According to our booking data, the most booked hotels in Gretna Green are Gretna Hall Hotel, The Mill Forge and Smiths at Gretna Green.
What are the most convenient hotel rates in Gretna Green?The lowest price for a double room in Gretna Green is £59.
What hotels are in the central Gretna Green neighborhood?If you want to stay near the center of Gretna Green, you can consider staying at Gretna Hall Hotel, Smiths at Gretna Green and Anvil View Guest House.
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