Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne

Coleraine

Contact Details

107 Sea Road, Castlerock, BT51 4RP

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.

Explore Downhill Demesne and enjoy a stunning cliff top walks around this diverse historical site, Unfortunately Mussenden Temple interior will not be accessible but we hope you enjoy viewing the granduer of this iconic building from the outside. Enjoy the outdoor adventure tail and a takeaway coffee or tea and sweet treat from Al's Coffee Hut. Parking charges apply.

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 and uniquely reflects the personality of its flamboyant creator.

Both the Temple and the breathtaking 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.

Takeaway light refreshments from Al's Coffee hut at Lion's Gate.
Wheelchair access. Learning facilities.
Dogs must be kept on leads.

Directions from Town

Train: Service from Belfast or Londonderry to Castlerock.
Bus: Ulsterbus No. 134 between Coleraine and Londonderry.
Cycle: NCN route 93 runs past Downhill and Hezlett.
Car: On A2, 5 miles from Coleraine. Downhill and Hezlett House are about 5 minutes drive from each other.
Drive time: Belfast 1 hour.

Opening times

Important Notice: The outdoor space at Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne is open for local visitors to enjoy. Parking at Lion's Gate is Pay by Phone. Please follow NI Executive guidance to stay local and maintain social distancing. Grounds open all year. See website for Opening Hours. Parking can be paid by app at paybyphone.co.uk or call 0330 060 4037. Location code is 805919. National Trust members park for free.

Prices

Parking £5.00 Free to National Trust Members.
Parking can be paid for at Lion's Gate by downloading the Pay by Phone app, pay online at paybyphone.co.uk or call 0330 060 4037. The parking location code is 805919. National Trust members park for free.
Unfortunately Mussenden Temple interior will not be accessible but we hope you enjoy viewing the granduer of this iconic building from the outside.
Toilets are available in the walled garden which is signposted from the car park. Al's Coffee is situated in the car park for all of your coffee and sweat treat needs.