Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne

Important notice -

In line with NI Executive guidance, indoor areas at Downhill Demesne and Mussenden Temple remain closed. Outdoor areas are open for local walkers to enjoy. Please follow social distancing guidelines.

Visit this stunning landscape and beautiful gardens.

Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne

Things to see and do 

Explore Downhill Demesne

Downhill Demesne delves into a life and landscape steeped in history and nature. There's much to explore as you enter this enchanting estate. Wander around the 18th-century demesne and discover dovecotes and gardens as you stumble upon a spectacular temple.

Video

Discover an unforgettable coastal landscape

Experience the beauty and mystery of County Londonderry’s Downhill Demesne in this video tour of the vast landscape – fascinating ruins, an intriguing clifftop temple, unusual plants and trees, plus much more. We’ll be shedding light on the eccentric bishop that lived here and treating you to dramatic views of the North Atlantic.

Snowdrops in January

Signs of Spring 

Discover Downhill Demesne as it bursts into life this Spring.

Visitors with a dog at Aira Force and Ullswater, Cumbria

Dogs at Downhill Demesne 

We love to see your dogs exercising on the demesne. In order to keep them and all our visitors safe, we have a few simple asks.

Mussenden Temple at Downhill Demesne

Downhill Demesne Walking Trail  

With its sheltered gardens and cliff-top walks, you'll hug the headland of the North Coast on this beautiful walk around Downhill Demesne. Stop for a rest and a must-have photo at one of Ireland's most photographed places, the iconic Mussenden Temple inspired by the Tivoli Temple of Vesta.

Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne

Eating and shopping

Woman holding takeaway hot drink

Feeling peckish

Enjoy a takeaway coffee or tea from Al’s Coffee Hut at Lion's Gate. Partnered with the perfect patisserie - it's the ideal way to warm up on your day out to Downhill Demesne and Mussenden Temple.

Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne

Art and collections

Our collections

Explore the objects and works of art we care for at Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne on the National Trust Collections website