Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne

Important notice -

The outdoor space at Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne is open for local visitors to enjoy. Parking at Lion's Gate is Pay by Phone. Please follow NI Executive guidance to stay local and maintain social distancing.

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.


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.

Bishop's Gate Garden

Spring at Downhill Demesne 

Step into the sights, scents and sounds of the spring with a visit to Downhill Demesne. Wander into the wild cliff-top garden amongst the ruins of Downhill House and discover colourful strolls with awe-inspiring views across the North Coast.

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

Venue hire

Weddings at Downhill Demesne

Weddings and Venue Hire at Mussenden Temple 

Set your save the date in any season at Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne and enjoy stunning backdrops for your wedding day.

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

Get involved

Volunteer with us

Volunteer at Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne  

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.

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