Downhill Demesne

Downhill Demesne is a National Trust property for information about opening times, charges for non members and events go their website www.nationaltrust.org.uk/downhill-demesne-and-hezlett-house

The Bishops Palace

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Downhill House also known as the Bishops Palace

The striking 18th century mansion of the eccentric Earl Bishop Fredrick Hervey.  He chose this spectacular spot to build Downhill house and Mussenden Temple and although the house is now no more than a shell the setting and surviving remains still reflect the romantic effect the Bishop set out to achieve.

The Mussenden Temple

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Mussenden Temple

The Mussenden Temple is one of the iconic buildings in Northern Ireland and is featured in the Game of Thrones TV series.  The Temple was originally built as a library with underfloor heating to protect the books.  There are panoramic views from the Temple, to the left Downhill and Benone beach and Donegal  headland; to the right views to Castlerock beach, Portstewart and beyond.  During the summer months the National Trust run a series of concerts in the Temple.  The Mussenden Temple is now licensed for wedding ceremonies.

The Black Glen

The Black Glen pond was created in the 1840s and was not just a scenic view it also a source of food for the big house.  In spring the woods that run along the side of the pond are covered with bluebells and wild garlic.

 

Map

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