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

56 Reviews

Recent Reviews:

- A wonderful little castle, free to enter and a nice insight into its history

The Castle of St John was a pleasant surprise. Having never been to Scotland before we wanted to explore the local towns and cities and on reaching Stranraer were delighted to find this place. As... Read full review

- Tris1976, Birmingham, United Kingdom

- Recommended

Situated in the centre of the town, this castle and the displays within it tell the story of the history of how the village then town was born. Pity the medieval houses didn't survive, because it... Read full review

- Lamont213, Shotts, United Kingdom

- Great prison.

This place is great happened upon it my mistake. Staff are friendly. Entry is free and the exhibits are well displayed and thought out. Lots of stairs but it is worth the climb to get the view from... Read full review

- Matt115, Saar, Bahrain

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