Castle Of St John

The Castle of St John is a unique example of a medieval tower house which has been converted into a prison. It was built in 1510 for the powerful Adair family. During the Killing Times in the 1670s it was used as a base for government troops and in 1820 it became the burgh jail. Film, models and reconstruction drawings tell the story of the building and one of the cells is now a children’s activity room.

Opening Times:

Tuesday to Saturday: 10.00 – 13.00 and 13.30 – 16.30

Closed Mondays

63 Reviews

Recent Reviews:

- Loved the jail

This is free , we went with 7 year old grandson, he loved exploring the rooms . Dress up was fun, quiet steep stairs ,the views from top werefab Read full review

- Caroline G, Cowdenbeath, Scotland, United Kingdom

- Rainy visit

We toured this alone, as no one else was visiting on this rainy day. It was fun to walk through all of the small room that were used as jail cells. Read full review

- Karla T, Pine Island, Minnesota, United States

- Well worth a visit

This castle, which has had a varied history, is well worth a visit. It is free admission also and is well placed in the town centre of Stranraer. There are a number of steep steps so if you have... Read full review

- jetsaver, Southport, United Kingdom

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