Unlocking the Tower

Join us for a free all day event to explore the unique history of St John’s Tower in Ayr.

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 10:00 to 16:00

Bruce Crescent, opposite Citadel Place, Ayr, KA7 1JJ

Unlocking the Tower

Join us for Unlocking the Tower, a free all day event to explore the unique history of St John’s Tower in Ayr. The day will be full of family-friendly activities, re-enactments and tours celebrating the tower’s heritage from historic graffiti to treasure hunts to laser scanning to virtual reality.

 

 

Join us throughout the day for...

Treasure Hunt

Photography

Storytelling

Stone Rubbing + Grave Markers

Historical Graffiti

Laser Scanning

Tower Tours

Re-Enactors from the Sealed Knot Society

Soap Carving

Virtual Reality

Tale of a Scottish Tower: Meet the Author

...and more!

 

About St John's Tower

The Tower – the oldest building in Ayr – is the surviving fragment of the original 12th century parish church and has a unique and fascinating history. Oliver Cromwell constructed a fort on the site in the 1650s, and the church was commandeered as a store, mill house and chapel with the tower as an armoury and look-out. The church was pulled down in 1726 but the tower was retained as a navigation beacon.