Over looked by the famous Scrabo Tower, Newtownards is the biggest town in the Ards Borough. With a population of over 27,000 people, it is considered in the large town class. It boasts a huge variety of shops and retail outlets, long with plenty of bars and eating establishments for locals and visitors alike.
It is a sprawling town, stretching from the Craigantlet hills, right across to (almost) the outskirts of nearby Bangor and only 8 miles or so from the eastern sea coast. It has a bustling town centre with a very busy main street and many nearby streets, full of shops and small restaurants and bars.
Recent developments have seen the planning for huge multi million shopping centres, along the Comber road, making it a popular town for visitors and a popular place to live. Many Ards residents commute to Belfast for work.
The town posseses a number of local attractions, including the imposing Scrabo Tower and the Somme Heritage Centre. On the eastern shore of Strangford Lough, a few miles outside Newtownards and close to Greyabbey, stands Mount Stewart, an 18th century house and garden — the home of the Londonderry family.