Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House

Visit this stunning landscape and beautiful gardens.

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.

Children climbing a tree

Take 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.

Reconstructing Downhil Demesne Screenshot

Reconstructing Downhill Demesne 

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

Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House

What's on 

Upcoming events

Leprechaun Hunt

Sat 17 Mar 2018
Leprechauns have escaped from their home in Downhill Forest and hidden themselves around Hezlett House. Can you help us find them?

Mussenden Lights

Sat 17 Mar 2018
We will be lighting Mussenden Green for St Patrick's Day. Great photo opportunities from near and far. Don't miss this rare opportunity to see this iconic landmark in a different light.

Launch of Downhill Tree Trail

Sat 12 May 2018
Come and see the Top 20 exotic trees of the Demesne, and secret Arboretum in late Spring.

Music Sundays

Sun 01 Jul 2018
Enjoy some local musical talent in Mussenden Temple to accompany your Sunday afternoon walk.

Kite Festival

Sat 04 Aug 2018
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.

Downhill Secret Gardens

Sat 18 Aug 2018
Enjoy a ranger-led tour of the Downhill Gardens, and hear about plans for their continued restoration.
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House


Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House


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.

Become a Victorian for the day

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.

Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House


Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House

Get involved

Bishop's Play Trail

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.

Student Placement Image

Student Placement Opportunities 

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

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