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

85 Reviews

Recent Reviews:

- A great free tourist attraction

Situated right in the centre of town, and surrounded with lovely shops and eateries, the Castle is a fun, and free visit for the whole family. Also, lovely views from the top. Read full review

- emmacurrie, Stranraer, United Kingdom

- Small but interesting

We were walking around Stranraer and came across the castle of St John. We did not know it was here, but decided on a walk in. It was free entry, with donations welcome for some up keep. From the... Read full review

- Kevin S, Staffordshire, United Kingdom

- free visit

We were surprised to find this attraction was free. It had little interative games on every floor for the grand children and a great view from the top. Credit to the volunteers who run it. Read full review

- RoxanneJones987, London, United Kingdom

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