Ards Arts Centre

Located in Newtownards’ beautifully restored Georgian Town Hall in the centre of town, the Town Hall Arts Centre was originally 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.

Today, the Town Hall Arts Centre, also referred to as Ards Arts Centre, is a welcoming space which supports a wide range of community arts activities alongside our own initiatives. We regularly exhibit artwork in our two professional galleries – the Georgian Gallery and Sunburst Gallery – showcasing local, national and international artists as well as giving space to local projects.

Every year, the Arts Service of Ards and North Down Borough Council (ANDBC) delivers a packed programme of events across the borough, many of which are held at the Ards Arts Centre, from creative weekly workshops and engaging exhibitions, to live music and theatre performances, there’s always something for everyone to enjoy, no matter what your interest.

For up to date visitor information visit our website and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Opening times

Mon Closed
Tue 10am - 4pm*
Wed 10am - 4pm*
Thur 10am - 4pm*
Fri 10am - 4pm
Sat 10am - 1pm
Sun Closed

*Late night opening may be available Tues - Thurs from 6.30-9.30pm during class term times. Please contact the Arts Centre for more information

Please be advised that Ards Arts Centre is closed on Bank Holidays

Getting to the start by car

Directions from Town:In the town centre of Newtownards.

Price from £

Admission Free
Charges apply for classes and performances

Ards Arts Centre
Co Down
BT23 4NP



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