Things to see and do - Newtownards
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Newtownards Travel guide
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This modern and busy market town is set about 800m inland from Strangford Lough's northern shore. The handsome town hall, a former market building, was constructed of local Scrabo stone in 1765. In Court Street on the south side of town are the remains of the 13C priory founded by Walter de Burgh. Also built of Scrabo stone, it contains the tombs of the marquesses of Londonderry. The tower dates from the 17C.
Tourist attractions Newtownards : Things to see and do
Portaferry Road GB - Cunningburn BT22
Built on a hillock, the tower gives views from Strangford Lough to Scrabo Hill. A faithful replica of the Tower of the Winds in Athens, it was designed by James Stuart, "the Athenian" as a banqueting house for the first marquis of Londonder..
GB - Newtownards
Ards Peninsula is a narrow tongue of land 37km long and 5 to 8km wide. Owing to its soil and climate, the low-lying land is one of the best grain-producing regions of Ireland. Sandy beaches and occasional rocky outcrops line the coast road. One of Ul..
Church Street GB - Greyabbey
The ruins of a Cistercian foundation which began in 1193. Its church, one of Ireland's earliest to use the primitive Gothic style, has a magnificent west doorway (1220-1230) with worked mouldings and dentilled friezes. Damaged in the Elizabethan peri..
92 Church Street GB - Newtownards BT23 4AL
Just 20 minutes from Belfast centre, The Strangford Arms is a renovated Victorian hotel, offering elegant rooms and free private parking. With an award-winning restaurant, there is also free Wi-Fi. The refurbished rooms are stylishly decorated in na..
The strand Portaferry, Co.down GB - Portaferry BT22 1RQ
Dating back to the 1700's, The Portaferry Hotel offers stunning views across Strangford Lough. Free WiFi access is available. Each room here will provide you with a TV, satellite channels and a seating area. Featuring a shower, private bathroom also ..
100 Ballydrain Rd GB - Lisbane BT23 6EA
Just a stone's throw from Strangford Lough is this stylish, sumptuous restaurant, which has been passed down from parents to son. Modern dishes are skilfully prepared, full of flavour and use top notch ingredients - including plenty of local seafood ..
181 Killinchy Rd, Lisbane GB - Comber BT23 5NE
Neat, modern-looking building in the centre of a small village, with an adjoining off licence. Cooking is robust and satisfying and their ethos is 'local is best'; try one of the Irish Dexter beef dishes, which range from burgers to steaks.
1 Comber Rd, (1st floor) GB - Killinchy BT23 6PA
Intimate, formally laid, first floor restaurant with high beamed ceilings and exposed stone walls; set in a rural location. Classically based menus see tried-and-tested combinations given a personal touch, with proud use of local produce.
33 High St GB - Donaghadee BT21 0AH
Traditional beamed pub - reputedly the oldest in Ireland - dating from 1611 and decorated with antiques and pictures of old Donaghadee. The extensive, classical menu offers hearty, flavoursome cooking. Dishes are rustic yet refined.
36 The Parade GB - Donaghadee BT21 0HE
Spacious family-run pub set on the quayside, opposite a lighthouse, overlooking the picturesque harbour. Extensive menus feature a mix of classic, modern and international influences, with good weekday deals and plenty of fresh, local seafood. Bright..