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Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne

Visit this stunning landscape and beautiful gardens.

Mussenden Road, Castlerock, County Londonderry, BT51 4RP

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The ruins of Downhill House at Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne, County Londonderry
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Things to do at Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne 

See the Mussenden Temple perched on the clifftop and explore the dramatic coastal landscape of Downhill Demesne which is steeped in history. See far-reaching views from the country fields and paths. Look out for colourful wild flowers in the natural grasses.

Visitors walking their dog at Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne , County Londonderry
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Visiting Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne with your dog 

Downhill Demesne is a one pawprint rated place. Discover Downhill Demesne with your dog. Explore the clifftop garden and wander through the historic coastal landscape to see the famous Mussenden Temple.

Visitors at the Downhill Demesne

Events at Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne 

Discover what's on at Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne

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A visitor crafting a wreath during a Christmas wreath making workshop

Christmas at Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne 

This winter add a sprinkle of seasonal magic with a visit to Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne. This holiday season, join us for The Annual Christmas Carol Concert at Mussenden Temple , Vox Set Christmas Special Christmas Wreath making workshops at Hezlett House.

Duke Special performs at The Vox Set in Mussenden Temple

The Vox Set at Mussenden Temple 

Presenting the Vox Set. We've struck a chord with Stunt Double Music to stage a series of gigs in Mussenden Temple. Experience an evening like no other as up-and-coming singer-songwriters grace the 200-year-old walls with their cherished classics. First up: Duke Special.

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Wedding at Mussenden Temple
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Weddings at Mussenden Temple 

Mussenden Temple is a unique and unusual location for your romantic ceremony, engagement or wedding photographs.

The exterior of Bishop's Gate Lodge, County Londonderry

Stay at Bishop's Gate Lodge 

New for 2023. Book a stay in the gothic gate lodge on the coastal estate of Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne. Bishop’s Gate Lodge is a period retreat for two at the entrance to Mussenden Temple and the Downhill Demesne, an 18th-century estate famous for its eccentric Bishop Earl and his iconic, clifftop folly. The Temple is one of Ireland’s most photographed places and just a mile’s walk away.

Visitors descending a path through the Rock Garden at Cragside, Northumberland

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