Opening hours

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

Contact us

+44 (0) 28 9181 0803

Ards Arts Centre
Town Hall,
Conway Square
BT23 4NP

Arts Centre Opening Hours and Accessibility

Ards Arts Centre is open to visitors for exhibitions, events and classes.

Planning your visit to Ards Arts Centre

The opening times for our two art galleries (the Georgian Gallery and Sunburst Gallery), along with our office hours, are detailed below for your information, so you can more easily plan your visit.

Ards Arts Centre gallery opening hours:

  • Tuesday - Friday: 10am - 4pm
  • Saturday - 10am - 1pm

During our term times, Ards Arts Centre is open in the evenings to accommodate various classes and events. If you would like to visit our galleries on a weekday evening, please contact us during office hours to find out when we will be open.  

Ards Arts Centre office hours:

  • Tuesday – Friday : 9.30am – 4.30pm

NB Ards Arts Centre is closed to the public on Sundays and Mondays, and during public holidays.

Where can you find us?

Ards Arts Centre is located in the beautifully restored Georgian Town Hall building in the centre of Newtownards, in Conway Square.

NB: Newtownards town centre has a one-way traffic system, so you’ll easily spot our building on the way round.


Ards Arts Centre
Town Hall, Conway Square
Newtownards, Co Down
BT23 4NP

Find us on a map


Located in the centre of Newtownards, Ards Arts Centre is just a few minutes’ walk from the main public car parks. Parking bays are also available throughout the town centre, though parking restrictions apply for these. 

If you have any questions about car parking, please contact us in advance of your visit and we will be happy to advise.


Works to improve accessibility at Arts Arts Centre took place in 2021. 

Current accessibility:

  • Entrance / Exit doors to building have a push-button accessible opening.
  • Guide Dogs, Hearing Dogs and Registered Assistance Dogs are welcome to our building. 
  • Wheelchair access is available throughout the public areas of the building on the ground and first floors.
  • A lift is available from the ground floor up to the first floor. 
  • An accessible toilet is available on the ground floor and is fitted with a Radar Lock.
  • Improvements to our accessible toilet were completed in 2021.
  • There is an Audio Induction Loop System at the front reception / box office and in Room 1.
  • Low level desk at front reception/box office.

If you’re planning to attend an event, exhibition or class at Ards Arts Centre and have any particular accessibility requirements or need assistance, please contact us in advance on 028 9181 0803 or email: so we can ensure that everything is in place for an enjoyable visit.

Buddy card scheme

If you have a disability and require assistance to attend events, then you can apply for a Buddy Card which allows the ‘Buddy’ of your choice to accompany you for free. At Ards and North Down Borough Council, we encourage people with a disability to attend our arts and heritage events and we hope our Buddy Card scheme makes doing so a little easier. 

You can pick up a Buddy Card application pack at the following venues:

  • Ards Arts Centre
  • North Down Museum
  • Any of Ards and North Down Borough Council’s Visitor Information Centres.

You can also request a Buddy Card application pack by contacting Ards Arts Centre on 028 9181 0803 or emailing:

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