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Downhill Demesne & Hezlett House

107 Sea Road, Castlerock BT51 4TW, Northern Ireland
+44 28 7084 8728
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Uninspiring ruined house but the Mussenden Temple is a “must see”.

The site of Downhill and the temple are well signed off the main road at Lions Gate. A fairly short... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Roganroy
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Leatherhead, United Kingdom
via mobile
Absolutely stunning !!

Most definitely worth visiting , there is so much to see . Lovely gardens , great walks , Belvedere... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
2020vision
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Dundonald, Belfast.
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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
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107 Sea Road, Castlerock BT51 4TW, Northern Ireland
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+44 28 7084 8728
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Reviewed yesterday 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

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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
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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
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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
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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

Thank Trixie63
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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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Reviewed 5 September 2017

I was interest to see Downhill Demesne after discovering that it was built for the Bishop of Derry/ Earl of Bristol, who was born and buried in Suffolk, England, close to where I grew up. The site is managed by the National Trust, so free...More

Thank Jellybellydancer
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Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

Been here loads of times before but the views and walk around are just lovely nice to find out the history of the house and the temple of course too you can take it the stunning views of the coast line

Thank Tracey R
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Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

This is a odd place - I wasn't sure what to expect but it's mostly a huge expanse of grass with a ruined house and a strange empty temple on a cliff. There are two entrances close together and it doesn't really matter which you...More

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Reviewed 14 August 2017

This gem is very much worth a visit. No crowds, no coaches, just a few lucky people who have fell into this place! It is wonderful for a walk, a picnic, watching trains, just about anything. Lovely gardens and such a sad ruined house. A...More

1  Thank AdrianH1967
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