Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House

Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House

Things to see and do 

Family day out at the Kite Festival

Explore Downhill Demesne 

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

Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House

What's on 

Ranger gardener with volunteer

Volunteers Week  

Volunteering with the National Trust on the North Coast is an exciting and sociable way to try new things, get outdoors and lend a hand to a great cause.

Donegal Chamber Orchestra

Donegal Chamber Orchestra 

Treat your loved ones this Fathers Day

Upcoming events

Volunteering Big Brunch

Tue 04 Jun 2019
Come and join us for our Big Brunch and hear more about our exciting volunteering opportunities we have across the North Coast and how you can get involved. There are so many different opportunities to get involved with…. From gardening to...

Volunteering in the Great Outdoors at Bishops Gate

Thu 06 Jun 2019
Join us at Downhill and experience what it’s like to volunteer as a Gardener here and meet our Ranger team. You will have a chance to chat with our current volunteers and get stuck in with them.

Summer Hay Meadows

Sat 08 Jun 2019
Conservation farming walk and talk, see the hay meadows in their full glory. Plant ID charts available. Booking Essential Normal Admission / Members Free

Donegal Chamber Orchestra

Sun 16 Jun 2019
This Father’s Day, treat your loved one to the enchanting sounds of the Donegal Chamber Orchestra set within in the atmospheric Mussenden Temple

Downhill Gardens and Estate Tours

Wed 03 Jul 2019
An exciting opportunity to join our knowledgeable gardener and learn more about the beautiful gardens at Bishops Gate

Music Sundays

Sun 21 Jul 2019
Enjoy some local musical talent to accompany your Sunday afternoon walk
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House


Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House

Our work

Overlooking Downhill Beach

Game of Thrones at Downhill Demesne 

Did you know that Mussenden Temple gave the Game of Thrones camera crew a perfect view of Downhill Beach (not NT owned) which became Dragonstone in series two. Read more about it here.

Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House

Eating and shopping

Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House


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

Get involved

50 Years of Volunteering

50 Years Volunteering for the National Trust 

At a recent volunteer forum that is held twice yearly on the North Coast, we were delighted to celebrate the long term achievements of many of our volunteers. These forums are designed as an opportunity for all of our volunteers to get together to talk about the projects they have been working on and to celebrate each other’s successes.

Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House

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