Having family that has recently moved to Gretna, has meant we’ve had a new area to explore. Originally wondering to ourselves ‘what to do in Gretna’, there actually is a number of things and it’s a place also surrounded by much history.
Here are a few places to visit if you’re in the area or just passing through.
Visible from the M6 and just a minutes drive once you’ve taken the exit, Gretna Gateway is a brilliant Outlet Village. I mean, if you haven’t a clue of what to do in Gretna, just head shopping right!?
Though, in all honesty, I wasn’t initially excited at visiting. No really. Sometimes the shops/brands just aren’t really my cup of tea. However, after a trip to Costa, as it would be rude not too, we had a wonder around and it’s fantastic.
Cadbury, Clarks, Nike, Superdry, The Body Shop, Next, Molton Brown and M&S to name a few. I was also able to pick up a very reasonably priced waterproof all-in-one for the toddler from Trespass.. Oh and some shoes for the toddler from Next.
If Costa isn’t your thing (who are you!?) there’s also a Subway, Thornton’s Chocolate Cafe and the outlet restaurant to choose from.
THE DEVILS PORRIDGE, EASTRIGGS.
This interactive museum tells the story of HM Factory Gretna, the biggest munitions factory on earth built during the first world war. The factory stretched nine miles From Eastriggs to Longtown, with both the villages of Eastriggs and Gretna being built to house the 30,000 plus factory workers. Land that was previously used for farming.
The museum is a great opportunity to find out what life was like living in the area and also working within the factory at that time.
FAMOUS BLACKSMITH’S SHOP, GRETNA GREEN.
Bet this was the first thing that came to mind when you saw Gretna Green right?..
Billed as the home of weddings and the wedding capital of the UK, the Famous Blacksmith’s Shop has become a visiting and shopping attraction as well as somewhere to say I do.
It’s wedding history stems back to 1754. When English law changed the age of marriage to 21, people began ‘crossing the border’ to Scotland to marry as their laws saw the age of consent being 16. Gretna Green, being the first village across the border and on a direct route from London, became the popular place to marry.
Have you visited Gretna or Gretna Green? – Anywhere you would suggest locally?