Mussenden Temple, North Coast

Mussenden Temple overlooking Downhill beach. Northern Ireland

 

This temple was built in around 1783.

It was built as a cliff top library by the Earl of Bristol, who was Bishop of Derry.

It sits on the North Coast, in Northern Ireland near the town of Castlerock.

 

The views from the temple are spectacular taking in Magilligan Strand, Lough Foyle, the North Atlantic, and the Antrim coastline.

It is truly not to be missed on any tours of Ireland.

 

It formed a sort of summer house to Downhill Castle, which is a ruin, but also worth seeing.

There was a constant fire burning in the basement of the temple to avoid the books in the library getting damp.

 

The temple was designed by Michael Shanahan on the lines of the Temples of Vesta, at Tivoli, Rome.

 

This temple obtained a licence to hold civil wedding, and with decent weather it can be spectacular.

 

At Ireland and Scotland Luxury Tours we try and take the Temple in on any tours of the North Coast.