Official tourism website for Northern Ireland
En

Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne

Gradings

  • Ungraded Quality Assurance
107 Sea Road, Castlerock, County Londonderry, BT51 4RP
Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne

Book Tickets Online

About

The grounds, gardens and toilets at Downhill Demesne are open. Please ensure you book your space in advance by 3pm the day before your visit, to avoid disappointment. 

Mussenden Temple is located in the beautiful surroundings of Downhill Demesne near Castlerock in County Londonderry. It perches dramatically on a 120 ft cliff top, high above the Atlantic Ocean on the north-western coast of Northern Ireland, offering spectacular views westwards over Downhill Strand towards Magilligan Point and County Donegal and to the east Castlerock beach towards Portstewart, Portrush and Fair Head.

The temple was built in 1785 and forms part of the estate of Frederick Augustus Hervey, Bishop of Derry and Earl of Bristol (or the Earl Bishop). The temple was built as a summer library and its architecture was inspired by the Temple of Vesta in Tivoli, near Rome. It is dedicated to the memory of Hervey's cousin Frideswide Mussenden.

Both the Temple and the surrounding views are among the most photographed scenes in Ireland. Over the years the Temple itself was under danger of being lost to the sea due to the erosion of the cliff which brought Mussenden Temple ever closer to the edge. In 1997 the National Trust then carried out cliff stabilisation work to prevent the loss of this lovely building.

Dramatic setting on a wild coastal headland
Uniquely reflects the personality of its flamboyant creator
Stunning Mussenden Temple, perched upon a precipitous cliff edge
Cliff top walks with breathtaking views over Ireland’s north coast
Colourful sheltered garden paths
Striking 18th-century ruins to explore
Mussenden Temple is available for wedding ceremonies through arrangement with the National Trust.

Suitable for picnics. Wheelchair access. Programme of events. Learning facilities. Dogs must be kept on leads.

Facilities

Attraction Facilities

  • Guided Tours Available

Catering

  • Picnic Area

Children & Infants

  • Baby changing facilities

Establishment Features

  • Accept coach parties
  • Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking

Payment Methods

  • Euros accepted

Travel & Trade

  • Family Discount

Special Offers

  • From £5 per ticket - County Londonderry

    Explore the ruins of Downhill House and soak up epic coastal views from the iconic Mussenden Temple on the North Coast. Picnic in the walled garden and seek out the small hidden lake in the Black Glen

    Book Now

    More offers like this - Experiences & Attractions

TripAdvisor

Add Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne to your Itinerary

Close window

Call direct on:

Tel+44 (0) 28 7084 8728

Map & Directions

Opening Times

* Open all year.

What's Nearby

  1. Hezlett’s picturesque thatched cottage exterior hides a fascinating early timber frame…

    0 miles away
  2. Downhill is a golden sandy beach stretching from Downhill Cliffs in the east towards…

    0.4 miles away
  3. Castlerock is a 1km (0.7 mile) long stretch of beach between the sea cliffs of Downhill…

    1.21 miles away
  1. Binevenagh is renowned for its impressive cliffs that provide a perfect alpine cliff…

    2.02 miles away
  2. Golden sandy beach with stunning views.

    2.15 miles away
  3. Benone Beach, multiple recipient of the European Blue Flag and Seaside Award, is a…

    2.4 miles away
  4. Between Portstewart and the mouth of the River Bann lies the golden sands and domineering…

    3.77 miles away
  5. Binevenagh is a tranquil area where the sights of Lough Foyle and Donegal can be seen on…

    4.15 miles away
  6. Flowerfield Arts Centre is Coleraine Borough Council’s dedicated arts facility, offering…

    4.38 miles away
  7. Magilligan Point is the tip of one of the largest sand dune systems in the British Isles.…

    4.39 miles away
  8. The Martello Tower at Magilligan is a well known landmark, built between 1812 and 1817…

    4.39 miles away
  9. The Stables Gallery was established in 1988, specialising in Fine Contemporary Paintings…

    5.61 miles away
  10. There are a number of enjoyable walks and rare trees through 85 hectares of mixed…

    6.21 miles away
  11. Situated on either side of River Bann. Mixed woodland planted 19th Century and the 1930s…

    6.21 miles away
  12. Coleraine Town Hall presides over the central shopping piazza in Coleraine. Designed by…

    6.32 miles away
  13. Award winning beach in the heart of the resort of Portrush.

    6.96 miles away
Previous Next

Map & Directions

Brochure Image
View Maps and Visitor Guides
View what Northern Ireland has to offer and some of the best things to see and do during a visit.
E-newsletter Image
E-newsletter sign up
Sign up for the Discover Northern Ireland newsletter for inspiration and travel tips.
Back to Top

Tourism Northern Ireland

Don't Miss