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Newtownards (population 24,301) is situated in north east County Down on the northern shores of Strangford Lough.

Attractions
Scrabo Hill Country Park is 2 kilometres south west of town. It features the 41-metre-high 1857 Memorial Tower, which can be climbed and offers views across Strangford Lough. The tower is only open from June to September, and is closed on Fridays.

Ards Arts Centre (+44 28 91810803) is in Market House on High Street.

There is a market in Conway Square every Saturday.

Strangford Lough is a great nature reserve, featuring colonies of seals and birds.

Ark Open farm (+44 28 91820445), 3 kilometres outside the town on Bangor Road, features rare breeds of farm animals.

Across the road from Ark Open Farm is the Somme Heritage Centre.

Accommodation
Accommodation in the town is mostly of the B&B variety.

Amenities
There is good fishing in Strangford Lough.

There are several golf courses within easy reach of the town.

Ards Peninsula has beaches and the remains of many 16th-century towers.

Strangford Lough Yacht Club (+44 28 97541202).

Ards Leisure Centre (+44 28 91812837) on William Street has a swimming pool.

Ards Airport and the Ulster Flying Club are just south of the town.
Tel. +44 28 91813327.

Transport
There are buses roughly every half-hour to Bangor and Belfast and less frequently along the Ards Peninsula.

Useful contact details for Newtownards
(When dialling from the Republic of Ireland, replace +44 28 with 048.)
Bus Station +44 28 91812391
Northern Ireland bus and train information  
Police Station +44 28 91818080
Bank of Ireland +44 28 91814200
Ulster Bank +44 28 91813120
First Trust Bank +44 28.91812375
Ledu The Small Business Agency  
Eastern Regional Office +44 28 90242582
Tourist Information +44 28 91826846
Ards Borough Council  
Ards Hospital +44 28 9181 2661
   
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