Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House

Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House

Things to see and do 

Downhill house ruins

Explore Downhill Demesne 

Wander around this 18th-century demesne, stumbling upon temples, dovecotes and gardens.

Explore Downhill Demesne

Things to see and do at Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House 

Come along to Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House for an exciting day out.

Field Maple Tree

The Bishops Tree Trail 

On Saturday 12 May, we officially launched the ‘Bishops Tree Trail’, a much anticipated project that was led by our dedicated ranger and volunteering team. This trail is a welcome addition to the visitor offer at Downhill Demesne and is suitable for all ages!

The Bishops Play Trail

The Bishop's Play Trail 

Try the Bishop's Play Trail and take on the spider’s web, climb the causeway stones, and balance on the walking see-saw.

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Reconstructing Downhill Demesne 

We've been working with NRC, Ballymoney teachers & students to reconstruct parts of Downhill Demesne.

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What's on 

Mussenden Vista

Music Sundays at Downhill 

Enjoy some local musical talent in Mussenden Temple to accompany your Sunday afternoon walk. - 8, 15, 22, 29 July & 19, 26 August

Kites over Downhill

Kite Festival 2018 

Following on from the success of last year’s Kite Festival, we are back for TWO days in 2018. Join us on the 4 and 5 August for some kite flying fun at Downhill Demesne, Castlerock, Co Londonderry.

The Reluctant Dragon Outdoor Theatre

The Reluctant Dragon Outdoor Theatre 

Bring all the family along to the spectacular outdoor theatre production of Kenneth Grahames' The Reluctant Dragon, set within the dramatic ruins of Downhill House - 12 August

Upcoming events

Music Sundays

Sun 22 Jul 2018
12:00-15:00
Enjoy some local musical talent in Mussenden Temple to accompany your Sunday afternoon walk.

Kite Festival

Sat 04 Aug 2018
12:00-17:00
This high-flying spectacle returns for another year offering fun for all the family as a kaleidoscope of kites of all sizes take to the skies over this iconic coastal estate.

The Reluctant Dragon Outdoor Theatre

Sun 12 Aug 2018
15:00-17:00
Bring all the family along to the spectacular outdoor theatre production of Kenneth Grahames' The Reluctant Dragon, set within the dramatic ruins of Downhill House

Downhill Secret Gardens

Sat 18 Aug 2018
14:00-16:00
Enjoy a ranger-led tour of the Downhill Gardens, and hear about plans for their continued restoration.

Castlerock Walkfest

Sat 08 Sep 2018
09:00-14:00
A day of guided walks, long and short, in the Benevenagh Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Organised by the Castlerock Community Association in partnership with the National Trust.

Ramble with the Ranger

Sat 22 Sep 2018
14:00-16:00
A guided walk across the cliff-top 360 acre Demesne, including access to neighboring Downhill Forest, the former working heart of the 1770's designed landscape.
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House

History

Frederick Augustus Hervey

Earl Bishop’s Anniversary 

This year marks the 250th anniversary of the arrival of Frederick Augustus Hervey in the Diocese of Derry

Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House

Our work

Downhill Demesne Conservation

Downhill Stonework Conservation Project 

We are carrying out essential conservation maintenance works to the ruins of the mansion and at Mussenden Temple.

Meet the Team

Meet the Team 

Meet some of our dedicated team of staff and volunteers at Downhill and Hezlett who work hard to make every visit special and memorable.

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Eating

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Weddings

Weddings at Downhill Demesne

Spend your special day with us 

Set your save the date in any season at Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House and enjoy stunning backdrops for your wedding day.

Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House

Learning

Children inside Hezlett House

Learning opportunities 

Foundation, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 pupils will love our interactive indoor and outdoor learning sessions led by enthusiastic and experienced guides.

Hezlett House Education

Education Group Membership 

Education Group Membership is specially designed to allow education groups free entry to most places owned by the National Trust. It is for not-for-profit groups or home educators whose members, pupils or students are in full-time education.

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Get involved

Volunteers at Downhill

Volunteer at Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House 

We couldn't work without our dedicated team of volunteers. Take a look at how they help us with our work and find out how you can get involved.

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Student Placement Opportunities 

Would you like to complete your student placement at Portstewart Strand, Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House?

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Art and collections

Our collections

Explore the objects and works of art we care for at Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House on the National Trust Collections website