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 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.

Newly renovated visitor reception at Hezlett

Hezlett reception makeover 

Our quaint little reception area at Hezlett House has had a makeover for the new season ahead.

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 

Bishop's Gate Garden

Downhill's Secret Gardens 

An afternoon stroll with the estate Ranger to hear about our plans to restore the secret gardens of Downhill Demesne. Meet at Bishop's Gate.

Kite over Mussenden Temple

Kite Festival 2017 

Following on from the success of last year’s Kite Festival, we are back for TWO days in 2017. Join us on the 5 and 6 August for some kite flying fun at Downhill Demesne, Castlerock, Co Londonderry.

Sullivan and Gold

Sullivan and Gold at Mussenden Temple 

National Trust presents and evening with the wonderfully talented Sullivan and Gold, inside the acoustically beautiful Mussenden Temple.

Upcoming events

Kite Festival

Sat 05 Aug 2017
12:00-17:00
This high-flying spectacle returns for two days this year, offering fun for all the family as a kaleidoscope of kites of all sizes fly over the stunning coastal estate.

Downhill's Secret Gardens

Sat 19 Aug 2017
14:00-16:00
An afternoon stroll with the estate Ranger to hear about our plans to restore the secret gardens of Downhill Demesne. Meet at Bishop's Gate.

Sullivan and Gold at Mussenden Temple

Fri 25 Aug 2017
19:00-22:00
National Trust presents and evening with the wonderfully talented Sullivan and Gold, inside the acoustically beautiful Mussenden Temple.
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House

History

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.

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

Weddings

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.

Hezlett House

Student Placement Opportunities 

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