Things to see and do at Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House

Family Exploring Downhill Ruins

There's lots of things to do at Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House. Make sure you make the most of your visit and experience some of the things on our list below.

Downhill Demesne

Home to Mussenden Temple, Downhill ruins, endless woodland and beautiful gardens you won't be disappointed when visiting us at any time of the year.

Hezlett House

This 17th Century thatched cottage is full of history and stories. Learn about life inside one of Northern Ireland oldest surviving buildings. Also home to the mysterious Downhill marbles display.


The spectacular cliff-top walk skirts the edge of the property - climb up from the Black Glen past the Belvedere, follow the boundary wall past Mussenden Temple, and see whether you can spot the ice pond on the way to the dovecote.

What's new

We have teamed up with local company Segway Express to offer you a slightly different way to explore Downhill this year.

Bishop's play trail

Our brand new outdoor adventure trail is finished at Bishop's Gate.  Kids will love exploring the spiders web, see-saw, climbing frame and much more! A must see.

Don't miss

  • Uninterrupted views of the Donegal coastline from Mussenden Temple
  • Our brand new outdoor 'Bishop's Play Trail' at Bishop's Gate
  • Brand new thatched roof on Hezlett House
  • 50 things activity trail available daily
  • Great events line up 

Are you up for the challenge?

Our top five '50 Things to do before you're 11¾' include climbing a tree, hunting for bugs, eating an apple straight from a tree, feeling like you're flying in the wind and plant it, grow it, eat it.




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.