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Newtownards is a town in a region known as the Ards, an area of astonishing beauty and diversity which has evolved through the natural forces of wind, water and ice, as well as through man's activities. Located at the northern end of Strangford Lough, 10 miles east of Belfast , Newtownards is the largest town in the Ards region. Dating from 1607, the town was built by the Scottish planter Sir Hugh Montgomery. A ruin in the Court Street area of the town is all that remains of a Dominican priory founded by the Anglo-Norman Savage family in 1244.

One of the dominant features of the area around Newtownards is the Scrabo Tower, built as a memorial to the 3rd Marquis of Londonderry, which affords impressive views over the town and also the northern part of the Strangford Lough. The tower is part of the Scrabo Country Park and it is open to the public and home to an historical and local environment exhibition.

Once a quiet market town, Newtownards is now a busy manufacturing and commercial centre. Accommodation in the Newtownards area is not a problem - just contact one of our travel consultants to discuss your options.

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