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Back to nature

This demesne is a real back to nature area. It’s great to see the wild flora and fauna grow in its... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Belfast, United Kingdom
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A beautiful place

We were due to visit for a wedding in the Mussenden Temple, missed that but came the next day... read more

Reviewed 27 August 2018
Ashbourne, United Kingdom
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“national trust”(16 reviews)
Downhill Demesne lies on the North Coast of Ireland. It covers 147 acres and includes a surprising diversity of landscape with a sheltered glen gardens, woodlands and an exposed headland. The creation of the Eccentric 'EarlBishop' Built in 1691...more
107 Sea Road, Castlerock BT51 4TW, Northern Ireland
+44 28 7084 8728
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This demesne is a real back to nature area. It’s great to see the wild flora and fauna grow in its natural habitat. A really good walk!!

Thank BelfastFoodTravelMan
Reviewed 27 August 2018

We were due to visit for a wedding in the Mussenden Temple, missed that but came the next day because everyone told us how special this place is. And they were absolutely correct. A walk from the Bishop's Gate through a lovely wooded glade onto...More

Thank grahame309
Reviewed 27 August 2018

LOVED the old thatched house. House and grounds so well kept. No need for a guide. Self explanatory. Downhill has to be one of my favourite places. Views are second to none. A must see!

Thank CYER123
Reviewed 31 May 2018 via mobile

Wish we had arrived later in day to get in for free after they close gate office. Great views of coastline. Great place to walk around and see multiple buildings at one location.

1  Thank YankeeDevils
Reviewed 22 May 2018 via mobile

The site of Downhill and the temple are well signed off the main road at Lions Gate. A fairly short walk leads to the sad remains of the house and further on to the magnificent temple perched on the cliff edge. Information on the history...More

1  Thank Roganroy
Reviewed 28 April 2018 via mobile

Most definitely worth visiting , there is so much to see . Lovely gardens , great walks , Belvedere Temple , Mussenden Temple , Downhill House and the walled garden all included in the admission price. I would recommend a dry day to see everything...More

Thank 2020vision
Reviewed 30 March 2018 via mobile

Stunning views. Wonderful ruins to explore, difficult to comprehend how this building has become ruins in what seems a short period of time.

Thank Tina B
Reviewed 9 October 2017

The ruins of the home Downhill Demense are part of the property that has Mussenden on it - the only part we could not find was Heslett House never did work out where it was actually located. We did see the walled gardens on the...More

Thank Whiteknight_013
Reviewed 15 September 2017

We have visited Downhill Demesne before but have never been to Hezlett House. We are National Trust members but it happened to be a European Heritage open day on the day we went which meant it was free admission for everyone which is great! The...More

1  Thank Trixie63
Reviewed 8 September 2017

Thoroughly enjoyable visit even in the rain. Lots of photo opportunities and friendly staff. Clean toilet facilities and picnic area (would be good on a nice day),

Thank GFW321
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5 August 2018|
Response from Deborah H |
No. It is a long way from castlerock
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Response from as5797 | Reviewed this property |
It's free.