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Information on attractions, accommodation, activities and events.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Ards Visitor Information Centre is closed to the public until further notice. 

Ards Visitor Information Centre lies within the town and should be your first stop to visit. The Centre will provide you with information on where to stay, local events and where to eat during your visit to the Ards Peninsula and Strangford Lough region.

Situated beside the bus station and within a short walk of the town centre and the main shopping areas, the Centre can provide you with local and national tourist information, accommodation booking service, fax and photocopying service as well as an extensive range of souvenirs.

Staff can help you plan your day out, short break or holiday in the area and offer information and advice for the next leg of your journey with information on every county in Northern Ireland.

Buy tickets for many local events including Experience Ards and North Down Tours -  http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/ardsandnorthdown

Newtownards, locally known as ‘Ards’, is a large town that lies at the northern tip of Strangford Lough.  The Lough is an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, of Special Scientific Interest and Northern Ireland’s first Marine Nature Reserve.

In 1605, Hugh Montgomery was granted the lands around Ards and set about rebuilding what was then known as Newtown.  Official records show that the town was established in 1606.

Montgomery built a residence in the ruins of the Old Priory, the tower of which remains. The Priory is currently not open to the public because of ongoing conservation work.

Newtownards became a market town, with the Market House in Conway Square constructed in 1770. The market still operates each Saturday on a weekly basis.

The town of Newtownards is overlooked by Scrabo Tower, which is one of the dominant features of the area. The tower is 41 metres high, and was built in 1857 as a memorial to Charles Stewart, 3rd Marquess of Londonderry.

Newtownards located in Co Down achieved a place in the prestigious Sustainable Destinations Top 100 awards.  In 2019, County Down was selected as the only destination in the UK/Ireland to win a spot in the prestigious Sustainable Destinations Top 100!  Not only has the country achieved a place in the top100, but it has also achieved a GOLD Award!
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Top Reasons To Visit

  • Excellent local knowledge
  • Great range of free literature
  • Staff will help make the most of your time in the area
  • Unique hand-crafted gifts
  • Excellent selection of souvenirs

Donaghadee Halloween Walking Tour

Wed, 27 Oct 2021, 7:30pm

Join the Valhalla Theatre Company on their spooky tour of Donaghadee.

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Newtownards Halloween Walking Tour

Thu, 28 Oct 2021, 7:30pm

Join the Valhalla Theatre Company on their spooky tour of Newtownards.

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Winter Waders & Friends

35.69 KM
Sat, 20 Nov 2021, 9:30am

Join local bird expert, Dot Blakely to enjoy the sights and sounds of some of our overwintering wildfowl at Ballymacormick Point and waders

Cockle Row Cottages
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SOLD OUT – Bat Walk and Talk

22.72 KM
Thu, 16 Sep 2021, 7:00pm

Come and meet Crawfordsburn's local bats at the Bat Walk and Talk. Come along and see how you react to meeting a bat up close and…

Crawfordsburn Country Park
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Welcome Back the Brent Geese

26.84 KM
Sun, 19 Sep 2021, 10:00am

Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of Castle Espie and see the stunning Brent Geese both within the collection area, and on Strangford Lough.

Castle Espie Wildfowl & Wetlands Centre
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New Year’s Day Historic Ards Walk

Sat, 01 Jan 2022, 1:30pm

Shake off the cobwebs from 2021 and start the new year by exploring the rich and varied history of Newtownards.

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Autumn Food Festival Foodie Experiences

0.19 KM
06 - 21 Oct 2021

Enjoy unique autumn experiences celebrating seasonal tide and turf produce and showcasing some of Ards & North Down's finest local food and drink.

Various Locations
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Taste Ards and North Down: Autumn Food Celebration

0.19 KM
04 Sep - 21 Oct 2021

Ards and North Down is gearing up for an autumnal celebration of local food and drink across the Borough. Savour seasonal produce from local producers.

Various Locations
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