Newtownards is located at the head of Strangford Lough, a vibrant area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Close at hand are shoreline and countryside walks including the beauty of the Scrabo Estate and the National Trust Mount Stewart House and gardens. The town looks up to the iconic Scrabo tower which is a landmark in the County Down skyline.
Those looking for the good life with easy access to both the stunning countryside and the hustle and bustle of great shops and eateries.
Helen’s Bay, The Ards Peninsula, Strangford Lough, Belfast City Centre and landmark areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The delightful Helen’s Bay, Crawfordsburn Country Park, Hollywood’s boutique cafes and the North Down Museum.
Designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1972, the lough forms the centre of the area, covering 28,010 hectares.
The landmark, which is visible from most of North Down, was built on a volcanic plug in 1857, as a memorial to Charles Stewart.
Voted as one of the top ten gardens in the world, Mount Stewart reflects a rich tapestry of design and planting artistry.
Recently regenerated, Newtownards town centre boasts a thriving marketplace for local artisans and revelers in cafe culture. The main square and surrounding area has a cosmopolitan feel that is home to shops, bars and restaurants amongst many well established businesses.
The town itself offers easy commuting to Belfast City Centre and many modern amenities on your doorstep for the whole family with schools, Ards leisure and shopping centres and the recently redeveloped Londonderry Sports Park. Other new developments in the area include a multi-million pound leisure complex at Dairy Hall and Hillmount Garden Centre and Coffee Shop.
Kiltonga Nature Reserve and Scrabo Country Park offer walks and views along with the rest of the picturesque villages in the Ards Peninsula including well-known attractions such as Exploris Aquarium, Eden Pottery and Mount Stewart Estate.
If you love the great outdoors, there is an abundance of scenic locations to take advantage of in North Down. Escape to the country with Crawfordsburn Country Park, play golf at Clandeboye or Scrabo Golf clubs, and for the more adventurous there is the flying school at Newtownards Airport as well as the various sailing clubs along the coast.