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Local Attractions near Smiths Hotel at Gretna Green
Gretna Green is world-famous for weddings. For over two centuries, this little village just over the border from England was the by-word for elopement, the act of rushing off to get married against society's or parental wishes.
There are many, many tales of lovers arriving in Gretna Green after days on the road, pursued by an angry father trying to catch the couple before they could tie the knot. However, immortality was guaranteed when Jane Austen had Lydia in Pride and Prejudice race north of the border with her soldier lover.
The world-famous Old Blacksmith's Shop Centre is one of Scotland's most popular visitor attractions welcoming over 700,000 people a year from across the globe.
However, Gretna Green is also a place where you can enjoy a mix of cool Caledonia and traditional Scotland. The perfect place for a romantic weekend, a family holiday or a relaxing break. Close to the breathtaking scenery of Dumfries & Galloway and the Solway Coast, the Lake District, Scottish Borders and Hadrian's Wall Country, Smiths at Gretna Green is situated in the heart of some of the UK's most stunning countryside.
Things to see and do:
- Learn all about the famous romantic history of Gretna Green with a trip to the museum at the world-famous Blacksmith's Shop opposite. As a guest of Smith's, present your room card for free admission.
- Carlisle: Carlisle Castle is over 900 years old, and the city's beautiful cathedral and Tullie House museum and art gallery are also worth a visit.
- Dumfries, the birthplace of Robbie Burns is 30 minutes away. A visit to the Robbie Burns Centre is well worth doing; extend your trip to take in Shambellie House (with its museum of costume), and the romantic Sweetheart Abbey at New Abbey.
- Kirkcudbright, on the Solway Coast is known as an 'artist's town'. It has a castle, museum, artists' houses and a working fishing harbour.
- Dumfries & Galloway and the Solway Coast: discover the beautiful coastline and beaches of South-West Scotland.
- The Lake District is within reach of the hotel and Smiths' guests benefit from special prices on the Ullswater Steamers that cruise lake Ullswater.
- Hadrian's Wall Country: there are a number of interesting museums along the length of the wall, the nearest being 45 minutes away.
- Walkers have numerous options in the surrounding area, from local walks around the village to a host of trails slightly further afield. These include the popular, gentle, walk at Talkin Tarn near Brampton and the more strenuous ascent of Grey Mare's Tail near Moffat, which offers spectacular views from the top. With Dumfries & Galloway and the Lake District nearby, some of Britain's best walking is at the doorstep.
- Pay a visit to the National Trust Gardens at Threave near Castle Douglas.
- Experience the beautiful and bizarre gardens warmed by the gulf stream at Logan Botanic Gardens near Stranraer.
- There are a host of ways to tire out the kids including the indoor soft play areas at Carlisle (Funtazia, Tumble in the Jungle and Bizzy Bees); outdoor farms with play areas at Dumfries; Cream O'Galloway near Gatehouse of Fleet, which has delicious ice-cream, play areas, walks and even ice-cream making courses; the Westlands Activity Centre near Annan (for older children); and Dalton Pottery Art Cafe.
- The Devils Porridge Exhibition
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