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Castle of St John

Castle of St John


The Castle of St John is a medieval tower house in the centre of Stranraer. It was built around 1500 by the Adairs of Kilhilt, one of the most powerful families in Wigtownshire. Over the centuries the Castle has been used as a home, a local court, a military garrison and a prison.

Videos and reconstructions are used to tell the story of:
The medieval landowners who built and lived in the Castle. The Government troops who used the Castle as their headquarters during the "Killing Times" in the 1680s. The criminals and debtors imprisoned in the Castle during the 19th century. There is an activity room for families and children. The Castle is in the centre of Stranraer.


Opening Hours:
June to September, Tuesday to Saturday 10am-1pm and 1.30pm-4.30pm
Free. There are steep spiral steps inside the Castle - please contact us for more information.
Charlotte Street, Stranraer DG9 7EJ
01776 705544