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

72 Reviews

Recent Reviews:

- Very good attraction

This local goal is worth a visit as it gives an insight into Stranraer's past and a trip to the top via the stone staircase is worth the effort as it gives a great view over Loch Ryan. Read full review

- Deepdiver2011,

- Really interesting

Sited in the centre of town and with free access this is a treat. Helpful staff and a good pocket history displayed as you climb up. The roof top offers amazing views as an added bonus. Read full review

- dawnie74, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

- Fabu

The Castle of St John stands in the centre of Stranraer and is a very interesting attraction to see. Admission is free however donations are accepted. There are several floors to explore that depict... Read full review

- albeback1, Wigan, United Kingdom

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