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  1. Scrabo Tower at dusk
    At the top of Scrabo Hill, overlooking Strangford Lough and the whole of North Down, is Scrabo Tower. The tower, which was built in 1857, is one of Northern Ireland’s best known landmarks and the views from the top are spectacular.
    1. Image of the NIEA signpost entitled Scrabo County Park, caring for the environment with Scrabo Tower in background
      This charming park is situated around the upper slopes and top of Scrabo Hill, near the area of Newtownards. When visitors come and explore, they will be able to view the panoramic sights of Strangford Lough as well as the surrounding countryside.
      1. Newtownards Priory from street view
        At the south east edge of Newtownards these substantial remains of a Dominican (Black) Friary founded in 1244 may be viewed. They are the only ones of their type in Northern Ireland.
        1. An image of Ards Arts Centre, the old Town Hall, which is the backdrop to the weekly market in Conway Square
          A weekly market catering for all your needs, every Saturday.
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        2. Photograph of the front exterior building of Ards Arts Centre previously the Town Hall, with backdrop of blue sky and two banners flanking the front w
          Located in Newtownards’ beautifully restored Georgian Town Hall in the centre of town, the Ards Arts Centres a welcoming space which supports a wide range of community arts activities alongside our own initiatives.
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            IMC cinema in Newtownards.
          2. Airplane on the ground
            The Ulster Flying Club offers the opportunity to embark on an unforgettable adventure over the picturesque landscapes of Ards & North Down.  Take to the skies in either our Microlight C42 or Cessna 172, you will soar above this stunning region, revealing its natural beauty in a whole new light. The sensation of flight combined with the awe-inspiring views creates a truly magical experience that lingers in the memory long after the flight ends.
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            IMC cinema in Newtownards.
          4. Mount Stewart House
            Mount Stewart is a stunning estate in the beautiful scenic area of Strangford Lough. The Formal Gardens are ranked as one of the top ten in the world and the within the house there are collections of national and international significance.
            1. A photo of the winter sun shining on Kiltonga Duck pond with Scrabo Tower in the background
              In July 2000, Kiltonga Nature Reserve became the first site in the UK to be awarded BT Millennium Miles Status. Almost 1000 metres of walkway were upgraded to enable disabled access to the reserve.
              1. Image of the Ark Open Farm's small replica of Noah's Ark with animal statues including giraffe
                The Ark Open Farm is a fantastic family day out; the farm itself is set in 40 acres of beautiful countryside between Newtownards and Bangor. It’s home to a huge selection of farm animals and some that are a little more exotic.
                1. Golfers in play on the green with Scrabo Tower in background close by
                  Scrabo, set in the shadow of its famous tower, has its own unique personality and is a favourite amongst Northern Ireland golfers. The course offers magnificent views over Strangford Lough and the Mourne Mountains.
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