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Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne

Visit this stunning landscape and beautiful gardens.

Mussenden Road, Castlerock, County Londonderry, BT51 4RP

An aerial image of Mussenden Temple.

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An image of 'We Can Do Better' at Downhill House.
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'We Can Do Better' 

Led by Nerve Centre and acclaimed artist Joe Caslin, 'We Can Do Better' is a temporary art installation which has transformed the iconic Downhill House into a giant canvas and AR experience.

An image of Mussenden Temple at sunset.

The Vox Set at Mussenden Temple 

The Vox Set returns for a second series of intimate concerts inside the iconic Mussenden Temple. Experience an evening like no other as both established and up-and-coming singer-songwriters grace the 200-year-old walls with their cherished classics.

Visitors at the Downhill Demesne

Events at Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne 

Discover what's on at Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne

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.

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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.

A young child and her mother bending down to look at flowers in the Sunken Garden in May at Castle Ward, County Down, Northern Ireland

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