Downhill Demesne & Hezlett House

Downhill Demesne & Hezlett House, Castlerock

Downhill Demesne & Hezlett House

Downhill Demesne & Hezlett House
4.5
Historic Sites • Religious Sites
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
Mussenden Temple is one of the most iconic buildings in Northern Ireland, and is situated within the grounds of Downhill Demesne, a once magnificent manor house owned by the Earl Bishop of Derry, Frederick Hervey. The site is always open, but please see our National Trust website for details of when the facilities are open.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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GrandTour184076
2 contributions
Great cycle, why is there logging though?
May 2021 • Couples
Great cycling on a Saturday coming in from Castlerock. Appreciated the nature and the fact not every path is tarmac. Was concerned by the logging present in Downhill forest. There must have been 100 logs. Not sure why this is the case on National Trust land. Would be concerned about this happening as clearly a beautiful and old forest that needs to be preserved not hacked down for a quick buck.
Written May 15, 2021
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Alison D
Lisburn, UK168 contributions
Super Easter Walk
Apr 2021 • Family
First of all it is great that the national trust are now only charging for parking, not admission per head! It costs £5 to park your car at the Lion's Gate but it is free at the Bishop's Gate (just down the road at the entrance to the glen). We were there on a Saturday and you can only pay via the internet on your phone (note: no one knows if you don't).
Walks and views are all beautiful - have taken one star away as some paths need a bit more matinence as they can be very muddy in places (see photo).
Al's Coffee in the carpark is fantastic! Great local business which has a commitment to biodegradable cups (and lids!). Lots of vegan snacks too!
Written April 10, 2021
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pmam76
Castlerock, UK48 contributions
Best Walk and Coffee
Nov 2020 • Couples
Lovely walks up to Mussenden and round walled garden great views of Benone and over the Foyle to Donegal fuelled by Al’s Coffee best on the coast
Written November 4, 2020
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Ian F
Northern Ireland, UK544 contributions
Scenic surroundings
Oct 2020
Having been in the area many times we have never called. We arrived about 345pm. They close the gates at 4.15. Speaking to the staff they said we would make it to the attractions in time. They would be around till about 4.30 and gates would be able to be opened. For someone that is physically challenged it is slightly uphill but well worth it. The ruined building can be accessed and has a clear route through.
Written October 17, 2020
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machinmad
Norwich, UK1,657 contributions
A glimpse of how things used to be
Aug 2020
This a well spaced out old ruin so there’s no one-way system round the site as there’s plenty of room to move about. The old ruined house gives you a glimpse of how things used to be; the buildings in the grounds are not open so you can just wonder round the outside and read the info boards. If you Venture down to the lake in the glen, take stout walking shoes.
Written September 29, 2020
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garpal
Antrim, UK125 contributions
Views and history are always welcome.
Sep 2020
We took a run up here as we we're staying in the area, glad we did as it's a pretty cool place with lots of history. There are some nice walks up here and it's well looked after by the National Trust, our entry fee was £5 which in my option was well worth it. The views are stunning and if you get a good day can see for miles.
Written September 24, 2020
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MaryHCheltenham
Cheltenham88 contributions
Great views and coffee
Sep 2020 • Friends
The view and Al’s Coffee were the best about this place - the National Trust team turned up late after we had walked around the ruin house - the views from the grounds were spectacular - And the chap in Al’s coffee shake was very helpful and informative about the area, as well as making a great coffee
Written September 12, 2020
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saranireland
Belfast, UK30 contributions
Gorgeous views
Jul 2020 • Family
Staff very welcoming and friendly and everything is well signed and organised. This was our first visit so the map was helpful. Loved the views and the walk. There is a large picnic area and ‘Al’s Coffee’ selling drinks and snacks. Great day out!
Written August 15, 2020
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Ruth
7 contributions
Great & fine for pram
Aug 2020
Fab! Its quite a lot of walking but we took our pram which worked fine on the grass. Would recommend!
Written August 9, 2020
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helenandpaul13
Worcester, UK1,315 contributions
Maybe it was the time of year but?
Feb 2020
While staying in Castlerock I decided to give this place a viewing. After driving past the previous evening I noticed that the admission fee was 7.50 Euros each. So the next day I walked up following the main street then following the sign for the Ulster Way which takes you up a sharp hill with a row of cottages on your left and a caravan park on your right. As you walk along the road you come to a cottage on its own but walk past there and follow the signs.

As I walked towards the temple there was a bit of mud around but the walk along the cliffs was lovely with views over towards Lough Foyle on your left and the the Giant's Causeway on your right. On a clear day you can also see the Scottish Isles in front of you. If you're lucky you might see the train from Castlerock coming through the tunnel if you visit at the right time.

When I got to the temple, it was closed due to repairs being made to the floor, the mansion behind is all derelict although you can walk through it and around it. But why anyone would be charged all this money to see a dilapidated ruin and little else is a mystery to me. The entry fee should be much less for those wanting to pay. There was a lovely fresh breeze along the cliffs and I was the only person around when I visited. The views are excellent but there is little else at the moment to encourage people to want to pay.
Written March 1, 2020
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