Unlocking the Tower


Sat 6 May
St Johns Tower

Join Scotland's Urban Past 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



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.