Castle of St John, Stranraer

The Castle of St John is a medieval tower house in the centre of Stranraer.

Please contact Stranraer Museum for more information.

Facility Information

A medieval tower house, built around 1500.

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.

There is wheel chair access to the ground floor.  The rest of the building is reached via a steep spiral staircase.

You can view the Castle of St John information booklet pdf icon here [1016kb].

Opening times

The Castle is open Tuesday to Saturday (10.00 to 13.00 and 13.30 - 16.30) from 2 June to 26 September 2015. 

Contact Details

Castle of St John
Charlotte Street
01776 705088
Contact Dumfries and Galloway Council T: 030 33 33 3000

Council Offices
English Street

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