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Duff House

Address: The Barnyards, Banff AB45 3SX, Scotland
Phone Number: +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, Outdoor Activities, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: A magnificent early Georgian mansion, designed by William Adam for the Earl of Fife. It is...
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Type: Historic Sites, Golf Courses, Outdoor Activities, Sights & Landmarks
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.

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Inverness, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Duff House in itself is a bit Austere, however the staff make you feel very welcome and even invite us to sit and play at the grand piano. Unlike some national treasures, we didn't feel we were being watched all the time but that the staff were there to answer questions and help. We had kids in tow and they... More 

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Macduff, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

This is really a review of the small cafe contained within the main house, you can visit the cafe and the grounds of the house separately. There are some amazing walks to be had in the grounds if the house, great if you have a dog or just fancy a good walk. The house is run by Historic Scotland and... More 

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Set in lovely grounds ideal for walking with nice views of the area, interesting history, nice tea shop.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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57 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Nice for a walk around on a rainy day, staff are frendly and knowledgable, cafe was nice had Cullen skink was very tasty. Slightly mismatched displays but other than that interesting. Nice little gift shop.

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Stirling
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38 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 via mobile

We arrived at lunchtime and stayed until it closed. There is quite a lot to see in the house. We started with the short film explaining the history of the house, the purchase by Historic Scotland to the use now as part of the national art galleries of a Scotland. Each room has a collection of paintings, furniture and artefacts.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Have been here on a few occasions, they have a free weekend every year where it is free to go in and look around. Has a model upstairs of how it used to look and was quite interesting. The coffee shop in duff house is also quite good, you can just go in there for a tea or coffee without... More 

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SCOTLAND
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11 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Wedding was excellent and very nice surroundings - very well looked after but must visit on a tourist basis

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Large play area for children of all ages. Food and service was fantastic, gift shop was good. Food was local and shop has local produce.

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Whitehills, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This is a must for anyone who likes our Heritage. Not far along the coast is Cullen House as well. There are many other interesting places to visit, quaint fishing villages being a very good trip for a day or more to visit. The Whisky Trail is also on the doorstep.

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Grantown-on-Spey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Spent an enjoyable afternoon after a light lunch in the charming restaurant. The staff were very friendly and the shop was very good. Always a good sign if I spend money there. The film about the restoration was very informative and provided quite a few answers. A lovely time spent round wandering through the rooms, admiring the works of art,... More 

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