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newtownards town hall and conway square county down northern ireland uk the town hall was originally the market house
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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.

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Tourist attractions Newtownards : Things to see and do

  • Temple of the Winds Recommended Recommended

    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..

  • Ards Peninsula Recommended Recommended

    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..

  • Grey Abbey Interesting

    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..

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Hotels Newtownards

  • Strangford Arms Hotel

    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..

  • Portaferry Hotel

    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 ..

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Restaurants Newtownards

  • Old Schoolhouse Inn Quite comfortable restaurant 

    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 ..

  • Poacher's Pocket Traditional pubs serving food 

    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.

  • Balloo House - Restaurant Very comfortable restaurant 

    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.

  • Grace Neill's Traditional pubs serving food 

    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.

  • Pier 36 Traditional pubs serving food 

    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..

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