You might have seen last week that we visited Gretna Green with the kids to celebrate our 15th Wedding Anniversary and I thought I’d tell you a little bit more about Gretna Green because it’s a really nice place to visit for the day.
We woke up on the day we were due to visit Gretna Green and I’m not going to lie, I was gutted to open our curtains and see the rain coming down hard! We considered not going but we ended up going because nothing else that we had planned for the weekend was indoors, which wasn’t particularly very clever for a November weekend away, was it?
We got married at the Old Blacksmiths Shop so that was our first port of call except now you have to pay to get in as there’s a little museum to walk through before you get to the Old Blacksmiths Shop. It costs £3.50 for adults and is free for children and I probably wouldn’t have wanted to pay much more as it wasn’t too interesting for the kids to be honest and it’s not somewhere you could spend too long.
We enjoyed looking around the museum and teaching the kids about the history of Gretna Green. It’s only small but they have some lovely exhibits in there to bring the history to life and Master Frugal especially enjoyed learning about it….
There was actually a wedding taking place while we were in the museum and being able to watch the wedding from the side was fascinating Miss Frugal. It’s odd being able to get so close to a real wedding and I remember part way through our own ceremony, an American lady interrupted to ask if it was real!
I was dying for the ceremony to end as I just wanted to get in the Old Blacksmiths room with the kids to tell them all about our ceremony. One of the lovely ladies came and took a photo that we wanted taking of all four us stood in the same place as the two of us did in one of our favourite wedding photos….
The rain meant that we couldn’t get outside too much to recreate the other photos that we’d been planning and it also meant that a visit to the new maze was off the cards too. I was a bit gutted as I’d been looking forward to it for ages but I cheered myself up with a wander around the gift shop. 😉
There’s quite a few little shops around the courtyard outside the Old Blacksmiths Shop but we were dripping wet just walking outside from the gift shop to the toilet so we gave it up as a bad job. One day we’ll go back for a wander around though – maybe when we’ve been married for 20 years!
On our way back to where we were staying we stopped off at the Gretna Gateway Outlet Village and picked up some great bargains – if you’re in the area then it’s definitely worth a visit. I bought some Hotter shoes in their outlet store reduced from £60 to £15, Miss Frugal bought some Body Shop perfumes for next to nothing and Master Frugal persuaded his dad to buy him a Celtic football kit reduced to £12 for the full kit!
Despite the weather, it was lovely to share some of our history with the kids and I have a great photo to go next to our wedding photo.
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