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Castle Of St John

Castle Street, Stranraer, Scotland
+44 1776 705544
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Rainy visit

We toured this alone, as no one else was visiting on this rainy day. It was fun to walk through... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Karla T
Pine Island, Minnesota, United States
Well worth a visit

This castle, which has had a varied history, is well worth a visit. It is free admission also and... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Southport, United Kingdom
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Castle Street, Stranraer, Scotland
+44 1776 705544
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We toured this alone, as no one else was visiting on this rainy day. It was fun to walk through all of the small room that were used as jail cells.

Thank Karla T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This castle, which has had a varied history, is well worth a visit. It is free admission also and is well placed in the town centre of Stranraer. There are a number of steep steps so if you have some mobility problems then some care...More

Thank jetsaver
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Some time to spare so called in without knowing much about the Castle. Its free and the staff were very pleasant. Quite a pleasant surprise. Its history is well presented. Lots of different parts to the castle. Quite old fashioned e.g. the stairs (lots off)...More

Thank Comp21
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

After reading reviews we decided to go in and were not disappointed. The information boards are well done and informative, each presenting how rooms were used when it was a castle and when it was a prison. Views at top are great, the climb up...More

Thank Elaine S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited just before going to the museum and found it to be small but informative, the children were catered for with drawing and stories so although a brief visit we thought it worth while.

Thank Trippersrus
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

If you have some time in town, take in the castle for a free lookout onto Stranraer. In a world where observation decks can carry huge tariffs, this was a refreshing treat. On your way up, you can stop floor by floor and learn about...More

Thank Ryjones
Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

The Castle of St John was a pleasant surprise. Having never been to Scotland before we wanted to explore the local towns and cities and on reaching Stranraer were delighted to find this place. As well as finding out about its past as a castle...More

Thank Tris1976
Reviewed 13 July 2017

Situated in the centre of the town, this castle and the displays within it tell the story of the history of how the village then town was born. Pity the medieval houses didn't survive, because it would have enhanced the woe experience. Well worth a...More

Thank Lamont213
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

This place is great happened upon it my mistake. Staff are friendly. Entry is free and the exhibits are well displayed and thought out. Lots of stairs but it is worth the climb to get the view from the top.

Thank Matt115
Reviewed 4 July 2017

Nice free place to visit to learn about the history of the tower type castles - some were homes and some were prisons.

Thank Janet H
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Jonathan M
6 January 2017|
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Yoiu can find this on Historic Scotland web site. Hope this helps.