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2. Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne

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Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne

Frederick Hervey, Bishop of Derry, had an appetite for drama and chose a wild coastal headland as a location to build a mansion and temple. The mansion is in ruins but the landscaped park remains, with colourful sheltered garden paths and striking 18th-century ruins to explore.
 
Follow paths through the sheltered gardens or along the cliff tops for breathtaking views of the north coast. On a precipitous cliff edge, he built the circular Mussenden Temple as a library, imitating the Temple of Vesta in Tivoli.

Children’s Tracker Packs are available and include binoculars, compass and bird identification cards. The temple can also be hired for weddings, offering a unique setting for that special day.

Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne Address:
Mussenden Road
Castlerock
County Londonderry
BT51 4RP
Northern Ireland, UK

Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne Opening Times:
Grounds 
All year  Dawn – Dusk, 7 days a week
Facilities
28th March to 4th October, 10.00 to 5.00 pm, 7 days a week

Open Bank Holiday Mondays and all other public holidays in Northern Ireland 
Telephone for Temple opening arrangements
Last admission 30 minutes before closing

Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne Admission:

Gift Aid
Adult £2.50
Child £1.70
Family £6.70

Standard
Adult £2.27
Child £1.54
Family £6.08

T  +44 (0)28 2073 1582

F  +44 (0)28 2073 2963

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