Information on attractions, accommodation, activities and spacious retail

Ards Visitor Information Centre is ‘Good To Go’,  the spacious centre has adapted and has the necessary Covid-19 procedures in place to welcome you.

Please ensure to follow the guidelines in place throughout your visit, to keep everyone safe.


Come and discover all Ards and North Down has to offer.  The Centre is situated beside the bus station and within a short walk of the town’s the main shopping areas. Packed with local and national tourist information, as well as an extensive range of gifts and souvenirs, make it your first stop in Newtownards. 

The friendly knowledgeable team are on hand with advice on -

attractions – from family friendly to historic ruins, stately homes and award winning gardens

activities – from relaxing to adrenaline pumping and everything in between

where to stay -  there is a huge choice of accommodation on offer to suit all needs and budgets

local events -  the events board is ever changing with all that is going on, from tours to experiences, markets and concerts

where to eat – from coffee shops, delis, take-aways, bars and restaurant the choice is yours

Staff can help you plan your day trip, short break or staycation in the area or on the wider tourism offering across Northern Ireland. 


Local Visitor Information Office - Portaferry

Visitor Servicing in Portaferry is changing with the creation of a new Local Visitor Information Office in the reception of the town’s main attraction, Exploris Aquarium.  There is open access to the Local Visitor Information Office, you do not need to pay the entry fee to Exploris to use it.
This new facility will replace the previous seasonal Visitor Information Centre at the Stables and offer year-round provision, with new extended opening hours.

Read more about this service in our News Section.

Opening Times

  • Monday to Friday 9.15am-5pm and Saturday 9.30am – 5pm (closed between 12pm-1pm)


  • Free

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