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Castle Of St John

Castle Street, Stranraer, Scotland
+44 1776 705544
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More than a monument

This is a very interesting example of a Scottish tower house, right in the centre of Stranraer. The... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
crawfie
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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Excellent and free of charge

This was great and full of history of the area, great views of the harbour and the village. Really... read more

Reviewed 3 July 2018
Mark and Rose K
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Brisbane, Australia
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Castle Street, Stranraer, Scotland
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+44 1776 705544
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"worth the climb"
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"slap bang in the middle"
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"surrounding hills"
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"great views from the top"
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"mobility problems"
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"well worth the effort"
in 2 reviews
"free admission"
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"town centre"
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"local area"
in 2 reviews
"well worth a visit"
in 4 reviews
"loch ryan"
in 3 reviews
"prison"
in 12 reviews
"tower"
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"history"
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"dolls"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a very interesting example of a Scottish tower house, right in the centre of Stranraer. The building has changed use and function over the years, and the rooms have great explanations as to their uses. There is a great deal of the social...More

Thank crawfie
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Reviewed 3 July 2018

This was great and full of history of the area, great views of the harbour and the village. Really worth the visit.

Thank Mark and Rose K
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Reviewed 23 June 2018

Visited the castle - entry is free, but donations are welcome. There are quite a lot of steps, which wind up to the roof, but much of interest on all levels, including a film about the castle and more.

Thank Bluesboy52
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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

I took my 11 year old daughter here today ( under duress I might add! She initially wasn't keen on the idea and thought it would be "boring " ) she absolutely loved it and got fully involved in all of the activities that were...More

2  Thank buff6911
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Reviewed 3 October 2017

This is free , we went with 7 year old grandson, he loved exploring the rooms . Dress up was fun, quiet steep stairs ,the views from top werefab

Thank Caroline G
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Reviewed 18 September 2017

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.

1  Thank Karla T
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Reviewed 2 September 2017

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

1  Thank jetsaver
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Reviewed 27 August 2017

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
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Reviewed 27 August 2017 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
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Reviewed 26 August 2017

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
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rumpuscat
6 November 2017|
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Response from Ryjones | Reviewed this property |
Hi there - honestly, I don't remember. I'm so sorry I can't be more helpful. Perhaps email them to ask? Both my parents are in their late 60's, so I believe there must have been some sort of hand hold since I don't... More
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Jonathan M
6 January 2017|
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Response from JRRHEARTLY | Reviewed this property |
Yoiu can find this on Historic Scotland web site. Hope this helps.
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