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

52 Reviews

Recent Reviews:

- A bit small - you could miss it.

We eventually found it - didn't quite expect it to be slap bang in the middle of the shopping centre. A friendly young man at the door gave us a brief introduction and then left us to wander at... Read full review

- Jacqueline H, Rugby, United Kingdom

- Rooftop exercise yard with panoramic views

A seasonal attraction well worth a visit. This medieval tower house tied in with a Stranraer Museum visit 100 yards or so up the street is excellent. The Castle by its nature has a winding stone... Read full review

- elphinstone2017, Stranraer, United Kingdom

- It was shut

Turned up and checked opening times and either I could not find the door, presume it was the green one with padlock or it wasn't. Come on Stranraer, you have such a few places in town make the most... Read full review

- 820rosies,

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