A year-round venue in Newtownards used for the arts, the performing arts and live music sessions

***Update: Monday 19 October 2020, 2pm - Ards Arts Centre is closed**

In line with the NI Executive Regulations announced on 14 October, Ards Arts Centre will close from 16 October 2020 for a period of four weeks (subject to review).

If you have booked a place on a Creative Class at the Arts Centre, we will be in touch in due course.

The safety of our visitors and staff is our priority and we look forward to welcoming you back when it is safe to do so. Thank you for your patience and continued support.

About Ards Arts Centre

A year-round venue in Newtownards used for the arts, the performing arts and live music sessions.

The former Georgian House in Newtownards, now the home of Ards Arts Centre, was designed by Stratford in 1765 and completed in 1770. The ground floor was originally an open space where the market was held with access through six archways. On the east side of the central arch there was a gaol which still exists today. The townspeople were presented with the Market House by the sixth Marquis of Londonderry in 1897. Upstairs, the main function room, with fine plasterwork cornices, is available for hire for small scale events (up to 100 people).

Hosted by the Ards Arts Committee, Ards Arts holds exhibitions, performances, art classes and lectures. Details on performing arts events hosted by Ards Arts are also available from the Centre, as is information on visual art exhibitions on display. Tickets for all performing arts events can be reserved by calling into the centre or by telephoning during opening hours or via website.

Annual events include the Guitar Festival and the Puppet Festival.

Opening Times

  • Monday-Thursday 9.30am-4.30pm
  • Friday 9.30am-4pm
  • Saturday & Sunday: Closed


  • Admission Free
  • Charges apply for classes and performances

Contact Details

  • Address Ards Arts Centre Town Hall, Conway Square Newtownards Down BT23 4NP
  • Telephone 028 9181 0803
  • Email Ards Arts
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