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Downhill Demesne walk


Come and enjoy a leisurely stroll around the stunning Downhill Demesne with its beautiful sheltered gardens and cliff walks. Visit the apple orchard in the walled garden, and the beautiful 18th-century folly, Mussenden Temple, originally inspired by the Tivoli Temple of Vesta.

Visitors walking on the Downhill Demesne, Co Londonderry
Enjoy the scenery at Downhill Demesne National Trust Images / John Millar


Route map for Downhill Demesne walk
Land and Property Services permit no. 120099 © Crown Copyright (2013)


Bishop's Gate, grid ref: C761354


Start at Bishops Gate entrance to the Demesne and enter into the Bishops Gate Gardens.

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Take the right track and pass through a relict arboretum with many rare tree species.

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Follow signs for Mussenden Temple and you will soon leave the trees behind to enter an area of open grassland with views of the majestic ruins of Downhill House.

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You can turn left towards the Walled Garden or explore the ruin, either way the paths will lead you towards Mussenden Temple, perched on the cliff edge. From here you can enjoy dramatic views of the Inishowen Peninsula.

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Follow the path along the cliff towards the East and you will come to a small collection of trees; take the stile on the left side. Steps lead you down to the pond and back to Bishops Garden.


Bishop's Gate, grid ref: C761354

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Downhill Demesne walk


Gravel paths, mown grass tracks, some steep steps. Dogs are welcome.

Downhill Demesne walk

Contact us

Telephone: 028 7084 8728


Downhill Demesne walk

How to get here

Mussenden Road, Castlerock, Co. Londonderry BT51 4RP
By road

7 miles (11.2km) from Coleraine on the A2 towards Castlerock; also part of the Causeway Coastal Route. Limited car parking space at Bishop's Gate, main car park 500yds (475m) past Bishop's Gate at Lion's Gate

By bus

Ulsterbus 234 from Coleraine to Derry/Londonderry, alight crossroads, a few minutes walk

By bicycle

The National Cycling Network 93 borders the property at Bishop's Gate

Downhill Demesne walk

Facilities and access

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