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Things to do in Newtownards

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Park
“Scrabo Tower, built in memory of the 3rd Marquis of Londonderry, sits within an iron-age hill fort atop Scrabo Hill in Scrabo Country Park. The view over Strangford Lough (with its many islands, rich surrounding farmland) and the drumlins of County Down is delightful. When the Tower is open, climb to the top for an even finer view which, on a clear day, also takes in the Belfast Hills, Sperrin and Mourne Mountains, Antrim Hills, Arran, Ailsa Craig, Galloway, Cumbria, the Isle of Man and sometimes even Snowdonia.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Provides Spectacular views of the surround countryside and on a clear day you can see as far as Scotland and the Isle of Man”
  • 3 locals recommend
Establishment
“Memorial museum focusing on the local men who fought at the Battle of the Somme on 1 July 1916. Experience a replica of field trenches and see some of the weaponry used in the battle.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Excellent Asian restaurant just recently opened in Greyabbey. Lovely fresh food, great atmosphere and byo. Best to book for weekend evenings. ”
  • 1 local recommends
Coffee Shop
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  • 1 local recommends
Bar
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“Bar and bistro, great atmosphere with lunchtime and evening meals. Top spot for eating and drinking in Newtownards.”
  • 1 local recommends
Establishment
  • 1 local recommends
Establishment
“UlsterBus operate from here to service the peninsula. Bus stop on Main Road.”
  • 1 local recommends
Bakery
“Great for lunch, coffee or just for buying some lovely cakes - try the macaroons, my favourite. Loved by generation of people from miles around.”
  • 1 local recommends
Point of Interest
“Amazing views across Strangford Lough. Scrabo Tower at the hill top may be open, with even better views from the top if you can make it up all the steps. Attractive walks through Killnether Wood. Sandstone quarries a geologist's mecca.”
  • 1 local recommends

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Excellent Asian restaurant just recently opened in Greyabbey. Lovely fresh food, great atmosphere and byo. Best to book for weekend evenings. ”
  • 1 local recommends
Bar
“Bar and bistro, great atmosphere with lunchtime and evening meals. Top spot for eating and drinking in Newtownards.”
  • 1 local recommends

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