Visiting Downhill Demesne: What you need to know
The grounds at Downhill Demesne & Mussenden Temple are open daily for walkers. Facilities are open at weekends. We are working within NI Executive guidelines to keep our visitors, staff and volunteers safe. Please book in advance to avoid disappointment. Members can book for free, while non-members will need to pay when booking. We're looking forward to welcoming you. In this article you’ll find everything you need to know about what's open and what to expect from your visit.
We’re really looking forward to welcoming you back. We’ve worked hard to reopen Downhill Demesne and we want to keep it open for you and everyone to enjoy. We'll need your help to do so.
How to book
Before setting out
We’re all in this together. If you’re showing any of the symptoms of coronavirus, or if you’ve been in contact with anyone that has the virus in the last 14 days, please don’t visit.
You can cancel your visit in advance by telephoning the box office on 0344 249 1895 The centre is open 9am - 5.30pm from Monday to Friday and 9am - 4pm on weekends and bank holidays. Unfortunately we cannot take or cancel bookings at the property.
Your booking offers access by car at the time shown on your ticket. We've set up a system to check your ticket and guide you through on arrival. Please have your ticket to hand to show to staff through the car window. Members will also need to show their membership card. Arriving on time allows us to provide you and everyone with the safest possible experience.
The grounds and gardens are open for you to enjoy. Car parking and toilets are also available. Sadly, we’re not able to open everything at once. We’re sorry but Hezlett House and Musseden Temple remain closed. Al's Coffee Hut will remain as a takeaway service.
During your visit
To help keep everyone safe, please follow social distancing and government guidance when you visit. We may need to make some changes to the usual routes to help keep you safe. Please look out for signs while you’re here which will explain any changes to how you can access different parts of the site. Our staff will also be on hand to guide you and answer questions. Please follow their instructions.
Our grounds and gardens are looking lovely, but we’ve had a severely reduced team at the property so they may not be as well-groomed as you might expect them to be. Please bear with us as we do what we can as soon as we can.
Please respect other visitors and staff, by using bins and taking excess litter home with you.
We're currently not able to loan wheelchairs or mobility scooters. Benches are located around the site for visitors to rest as they walk.
Children must be supervised at all times.
Dogs are welcome but please keep them on a short lead at all times.
Above all, enjoy your visit. We are delighted to welcome you back. We are so thankful for your support as we work through these unprecedented times and make this gradual transition a success, so we can get back to offering nature, beauty and history for everyone.
How to book
All visitors must book a ticket in advance, including members. Entry and parking is free for members, but please bring your membership card with you. Non-members will need to pay in advance.
- Please book one ticket per person, except for children aged 5 or under as they don’t need a ticket.
- You’ll need to choose a 30-minute arrival time for the day you want to visit.
- The timeslot is for your arrival time only
- Tickets are for your use only and are not available for resale
- We'll send your booking confirmation by email. Please make sure you fill in your correct email address when you book to ensure you receive your confirmation email.
Every Friday we'll release new bookings for visits the following week. You can book up to 18 hours before a timeslot.
Due to limited spaces, we’re asking that you only book once a week to allow others a chance to visit.