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Duff House

The Barnyards, Banff AB45 3SX, Scotland
+44 (0)1261 818 181
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Ranked #3 of 7 Attractions in Banff
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Golf Courses
Owner description: A magnificent early Georgian mansion, designed by William Adam for the Earl of Fife. It is considered to be an Adam masterpiece and is one of the most... more » Owner description: A magnificent early Georgian mansion, designed by William Adam for the Earl of Fife. It is considered to be an Adam masterpiece and is one of the most important buildings in the North. The foundation stone was laid on the 11th June 1735 and the building was finished five years later, although it took over 100 years to complete the interior. Duff House is a jewel set in a stunning triangle of coast, river and parkland. There is a tea room and shop on ground-floor level, as well as temporary exhibitions by visiting artists and societies. « less
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Aberdeen
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41 reviews 41 reviews
14 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

The welcome DVD tells you that Duff House was a mess until Historic Scotland hugely refurbished it, and took a selection of paintings from the National Gallery for Scotland to cover the walls. True there are some magnificent paintings ..............but the entire house feels fragmented, a random selection of things on display (rather than a coherent home) Worth a visit... More

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Cavan, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 via mobile

Had a very enjoyable couple of hours looking around this house. The information paddles supplied in each room are a great idea as they allow you to find out what you are looking at. The staff were very friendly & were able to answer questions with a good degree of knowledge.

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Inverness, United Kingdom
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We went specifically to see Olivia Irvine's Art Exhibition - Being Somewhere - (on until 27 July), In particular I liked the "White Dress" painting. Duff House has been restored and is a beautiful Georgian House with some nice paintings, lovely old furnishings and an interesting history. We were introduced to Duff House with a short but very informative video.... More

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Naples, Italy
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19 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Only rated 4 (of 5) since we did not do the interior tour. It is a magnificent house from the outside, surrounded by park and golf course. The site is well marked with a good car park. There's a small picnic area and playground for the little ones by the car park.

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Dufftown, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014 via mobile

A well signposted route gave us the option of disabled parking but we chose to go to the regular car park and walk from there. We're glad we did as the wow factor is considerable when you turn the corner and suddenly this incongruously splendid house appears in front of you. We were welcomed cordially and watched a short video... More

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

We could only find one tea room in Macduff which was upstairs with no disabled access so we drove over the bridge to Banff and saw a sign for Duff House, tearoom and shop. So we drove in and were immediately lost, there were signs saying tea room but no arrows pointing the way. Finally we parked about 150 yards... More

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Scotland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

My wife and I went to Banff as they were having a weekend of events, including free entry to Duff House. This is a lovely House and well worth a visit, we wandered around the various levels and on the top an artist was giving a talk, after our wanderings we had a drink in the cafe. Well worth a... More

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Mintlaw, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

Having been brought up in Banff in the 1950s and 1960s, Duff House and its grounds have always held my interest from the days of school sports in the playing fields outside to the fireworks displays in November to seeing it develop as a major tourist attraction in the Banff area - it has a fascinating history and architecture and... More

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Derby
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

Recently visited the house for the Dürer exhibition and was not disappointed. It was beautifully curated and the people who work there are real careers for all aspects of the house. I have been to Duff House lots of times now and it is like a mini Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire (same Adam architect!!) it tickles me pink that it's... More

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Scotland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

Love the new Durer exhibition from National Galleries of Scotland. Only thing that spoiled it was the contemporary juxtaposition. Why? There are some beautiful religious paintings in Duff House that this exhibition could have been linked in with. Come on guys, make an effort!

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