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Gretna has a unique place in Scotland’s story. Created to provide housing and a community for the workers at a unique First World War munitions factory, the streets and buildings of the town have come to form an important and lasting architectural legacy.

The town’s design was overseen by one of the most influential town planners in early 20th-century Britain, Raymond Unwin. This webpage celebrates Gretna’s architecture and looks at the planning which went into creating the town. Some of the buildings have been given listed status by Historic Scotland.

Front cover of Gretna booklet
'Places' Gretna


An introduction to Gretna’s buildings and their fascinating story.

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By looking at the map and video you can see some of Gretna’s most interesting buildings. By downloading our booklet the story of Gretna is told in more detail.