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Castle Of St John

Castle Street, Stranraer, Scotland
+44 1776 705544
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Loved the jail

This is free , we went with 7 year old grandson, he loved exploring the rooms . Dress up was fun... read more

Reviewed 3 October 2017
Caroline G
Cowdenbeath, Scotland, United Kingdom
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 18 September 2017
Karla T
Pine Island, Minnesota, United States
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“free entry” (6 reviews)
Castle Street, Stranraer, Scotland
+44 1776 705544
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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
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.

Thank Karla T
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

Thank jetsaver
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
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
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
Reviewed 23 August 2017

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
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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
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.