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Address: National Trust Downhill Demesne & Hezlett House | 107 Sea Coast Road, Castlerock BT51 4TW, Northern Ireland
Phone Number: +44 28 7084 8728
Description: Part of "Downhill Demesne & Hezlett House" See main listing for full...
Part of "Downhill Demesne & Hezlett House" See main listing for full details.
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Stunning view

Took my cousin to see this on 19 the March and was surprised to see Temple closed but gates were opened to drive on in. We were very lucky and the weather was great... Stunning... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 21, 2015
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Bangor Co Down
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Bangor Co Down
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 via mobile

Took my cousin to see this on 19 the March and was surprised to see Temple closed but gates were opened to drive on in. We were very lucky and the weather was great... Stunning views over Benone beach.. Would have been perfect if temple was open and the nearby castle/ manor house... Have been before and my cousin learned... More 

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Canton of Zurich, Switzerland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

It was well worth making that wee dander over the cliffs in January to see the temple even if it was closed, the outside gates were open so I could walk straight up to it anyways. I was even lucky enough to get several hours of sunshine! The views from that place are simply breathtaking, be it over the sea... More 

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Newtownabbey, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Downhill Desmene and Mussenden Temple have a stunning backdrop. Beautiful on a winters day with lots of grazing sheep all around. Just perfect for a bracing walk over the fields and close to the sea with Downhill beach literally just down below.. Good sturdy footwear required though. Next time we will visit in summer to experience a lovely summer breeze!

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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

We visited this, as part of a walk. It is a wonderful building, and even though it was slightly cloudy the sight was amazing.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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73 reviews 73 reviews
50 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

I enjoyed his place. The temple is a pretty building and the fact that it is on the very edge of a seaside cliff makes it even more beautiful. The view of the beach below is very pretty. There are two different car parks. I parked at the Lions Gate car park and walked to the temple first and then... More 

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Dun Laoghaire, Ireland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Easy to go from Belfast by train to Castlerock (county Derry). It is one hour and 40 minutes. You need to take the time for that. From Castlerock it is 25 minutes walk to Mussenden Temple. You can follow a path. It is a bit muddy, especially in the time I was there (wintertime). Once there you see a fascinating... More 

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London
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705 helpful votes 705 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Having seen a BBC documentary about Mussenden Temple and Downhill several years ago, we had been planning a Causeway Coast and Glens trip mainly to see this stunning site, and we were not disappointed. It has a magical aura and the beach below, with the railway cutting through the rock, is an amazing sight. We were lucky enough to arrive... More 

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Letterkenny, Ireland
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688 helpful votes 688 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

This small circular building, can be found on the cliffs, on the coast road from Derry to Coleraine. It was built as a library, and modelled on an Italian one. It is dedicated to Frideswide Mussenden, hence the name. Entrance is through Lions Gate or Bishops Gate of Downhill Demense, where you can park, and walk over to it. However... More 

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Dungannon, United Kingdom
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71 reviews 71 reviews
18 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

This is a truly beautiful place, a walk with the wind usually coming off the sea, or even dressed for the weather watching and listening to the waves break below, it won't disappoint. Get a nice clear day and the views are unreal. Of all the stately homes/castles/estates it had probably the best view and such a shame that after... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 via mobile

Definitely, a must see if you're in the north. We visited in 2005, so some things might have changed. But our fondness of the place remains. We had a rental car so access was easy. Parked near the gardener's cottage and gate, very pretty. It's sort of a side entrance. We wandered, not knowing what to expect, through the garden... More 

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