A tourist attraction near Carlisle has been nominated for a prestigious national award.
Gretna Green Ltd, the award-winning wedding, hospitality, retail and experience destination just across the border in Scotland, has been a finalist for the award for its ‘Famous Blacksmiths Gretna Green Experience’ attraction. .
The award in question is the Best Tourism Project in the UK and Ireland category in the British Guild of Travel Writers International Tourism Awards.
It is the UK’s first attraction dedicated to love and marriage and was launched in April this year.
The awards recognize excellence in tourism projects covering new artistic, cultural and travel projects around the world.
They are elected by members of the British Guild of Travel Writers and the winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in London next month.
As part of the new attraction, guests are taken on a magical journey of true love, beginning with virtual chats with some of the original Anvil Priests and ending with an immersive 360-degree show celebrating what love means to all of us.
Guests can browse original love letters from the 1700s and learn from the anvil priests themselves how Gretna Green’s location on the border of Scotland made it the hotbed of rampant romance.
Visitors can even get a taste of a wedding in action and have the chance to add their own love story to the wedding wall.
Isabel Rhodes, Managing Director of Gretna Green Ltd, said: “Having launched the attraction earlier this year, reaching the final is a reward and a true testament to the hard work of our teams to deliver a first class tourist experience.
“The creation of The Famous Blacksmiths Gretna Green Experience was a significant development for our destination on the doorstep of Scotland and will help spark many more love stories to come.”
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