Mussenden Temple, Castlerock

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Mussenden Temple is a small circular building located on cliffs near Castlerock in County Londonderry, high above the Atlantic Ocean on the north-western coast of Northern Ireland.HistoryIt was built in 1785 and forms part of the Downhill Demesne. The demesne was formerly part of the estate of Frederick, 4th Earl of Bristol, who served as the Church of Ireland Lord Bishop of Derry from 1768 until 1803. It was Lord Bristol - popularly known as 'the Earl-Bishop' - who had the 'temple' built. Constructed as a library and modelled from the Temple of Vesta in the Forum Romanum in Rome, it is dedicated to the memory of Bishop Lord Bristol's cousin Frideswide Mussenden.Over the years the erosion of the cliff face at Downhill has brought Mussenden Temple ever closer to the edge, and in 1997 The National Trust carried out cliff stabilisation work to prevent the loss of the building.The inscription around the building reads:"Suave, mari magno turbantibus aequora ventis e terra magnum alterius spectare laborem.''" "Tis pleasant, safely to behold from shore The troubled sailor, and hear the tempests roar."
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  • Even though we are from Portstewart, our family really enjoy walking around Mussenden Temple and Downhill Castle. The sea views are breath taking.  more »
  • Visit to the temple mussende should make it if or, if going to Ireland. It is quite economical and you can do it on your own and that there are many agencies that provide it. To advise you well, you can go to the center of Ireland where the central tourism office just opposite the most famous building of Ireland ciity hall or City Hall. There we learned that it was very simple and economical to go on our own. So we took a train, a journey of approximately 50 m. A comfortable, economical, super train tables, connection wifi and USB for charging the phone. You have to get off in the village Castelrock. A beautiful village, incredibly quiet with a beautiful beach and beautiful views. From there, the station, Thomas Street costera and you walk around 15 m and soon arrive in one of many entries that you have is magnificent recreational parks. The entrance is very economic and sometimes not even the Lord that charge. Any di enter you'll see a path walks by the and soon to enter a small N little forest with a Brook. The path presents forks and you can visit them with tarnquilidad. Then you find yourself with other entries and even the path where are those coming in your own vehicle. The trail begins to climb up to q find a gate. To stop it, you will see the three buildings that make up the mussenden temple. All three are in the upper part and flat along with beautiful sea views and cliffs. You can take your snack and lunch there and I assure you that you will have a beautiful day. Photographs are very nice if you're going to Ireland... Don't miss it!
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  • Mussenden Temple is a small temple very and very impressive for both the walk to get there both for the beautiful view on the sea
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  • The mussenden temple is an old library. Very ancient site indeed. The entire area is massive and filled with magic delight and mystery spreading an entire history of countless books. The temple itself is a beautiful piece of masonry that is rent assessable by request for weddings etc inside. were in time the force of sea will claim the temple back, yes we are going to let her fall into sea having already moved temple once already. Heard we are making it more stable now on edge of the cliff were the temple is perched, under a most beautiful landscape to view. Close to the clouds. A place to contemplate. Walk around find a spot, be still. Magical garden of pleasure.
  • It's a beautiful place. Perched between the forest and the sea, this spot was part of a beautiful stroll than included all three. Each was thought provoking, wild and beautiful in its own way.
  • Stunning place to visit, spent virtually the whole day here, would have liked longer. Was blessed with an excellent day sun and clears skies so views from cliff top, just breath taking. Be prepared to wrap-up, house ruins and Temple are very exposed and the wind is coming of the North Atlantic ( brrrrrr!). Staff very friendly and helpful one of the gardener's was happy to stop and tell me how house ended up a ruin, sad but interesting. Pretty sure there's no cafe/coffee shop here, didn't see one, I think I walked around the whole place, but but first visit and the place is huge. I'd brought a packed lunch and flask, their are picnic tables in the walled garden. Recommend here if it's windy, if not loads of places for a picnic.
  • Spectacular views along the coast are worth the walk from the car park but to be honest the building itself isn't anything special.
  • Since the very first moment at this place I thought it was stunning. The view is absolutely breath taking. There is plenty of opportunitiea to walk. One can also view it from the beach. Don't miss a walk around the woods and also not only the library but the ruins of the mansion.
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