Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne



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Spectacularly placed on a cliff edge overlooking the Atlantic, this perfect 18th-century rotunda was modelled on the Temple of Vesta at Tivoli. Visitors entering by the Bishop's Gate can enjoy a beautiful glen walk up to the headland where the temple stands. If you enjoy open windswept walks with views that stretch over the whole of the north coast of Ireland, then you must visit Downhill. Check website for details of special events all year.

Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne
Mussenden Road, DOWNHILL, Co Londonderry, BT51 4RP


  • Parking onsite
  • Parking nearby
  • Cafe
  • Stone path then steps to Mussenden Temple
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Open 12 Mar-11 Sep, daily; 12-25 Sep, wknds only

About the area

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