The Famous Blacksmiths Shop has stood in Gretna Green since 1712 and is the reason Gretna is the UK’s marriage Mecca. It is here that runaway English couples have tied the knot over an anvil since 1754. The Gretna Green Story exhibition is told through a fascinating collection of memorabilia and artefacts. Relive the anticipation of countless couples who have fled to Gretna Green in the dead of night awaiting the moment when the blacksmith priest will strike the anvil and declare: “Under the ancient rights and laws of Scotland you are now man and wife.”

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