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Address: Banff AB45 3SX, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 1261 818181
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A magnificent early Georgian mansion, designed by William Adam for the Earl...

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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Wonderful house

I am a Life Member of Historic Scotland and visited Duff House for the first time. The entry fee is £7.10, but I get in for free with my card. I would have gladly paid the entry... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 8, 2015
Donald M
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Banff, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Under whelmed by the visit not much to see expensive for what you get rooms very sparse not the best experience in Banff don't think I will go again

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ByHistoricScotland, Manager at Duff House, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. Sorry to hear you did not enjoy your visit. We do feel there is a lot on offer at the Duff House including: a collection of paintings and furniture with masterpieces by El Greco, Raeburn, Gainsborough and Chippendale. A range of grand state rooms and private bedroom apartments - all fine examples of Georgian interior design.... More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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117 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015 via mobile

I am a Life Member of Historic Scotland and visited Duff House for the first time. The entry fee is £7.10, but I get in for free with my card. I would have gladly paid the entry fee as this house is wonderful. All the staff are professional and very knowledgeable about the property and all its contents. On the... More 

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Thank Donald M
Sunriver, Oregon
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

I read about Duff house while researching places to see on our Fall Scotland trip and was surprised at the quality of work in this somewhat out of the way spot on the north coast. It was so well worth the effort that we will return and spend more time in the area. The people were extraordinarily friendly, the scenery... More 

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Thank John H
Phoenix, Arizona
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92 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

This is really more a manor house than a castle. If you're into the kind of paintings that hang in the Scotland Art Gallery, you might like it. Otherwise, I recommend spending your "castle time" at a different castle.

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1 Thank mtjtkd
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

Been here a few times and I just love it. Everytime I go I see something new. The staff are a delight and are always eager to share their knowledge. The cafe is a nice wee place. Great soup and great cakes. The grandkids love the park and the walkways. Great place for a picnic. Beware of taking them to... More 

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Thank Eddie576
Worcester Uk
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

The house has wonderful ceilings and chandeliers, and contains some interesting furniture. However the paintings are mostly portraits, are they the ones that the National Gallery in Edinburgh doesn't want to hang?

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Thank LizzieWorcesterUK
Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
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94 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

Stopped for a walk around grounds and stayed for lunch excellent Cullen skink and sandwiches friendly staff well priced

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Thank NigelSH
Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

After a FABULOUS week touring around the Moray Firth area visiting the wonderful little seaside harbours, it was time to take in some culture. Hence our visit to Duff House, now an art gallery, with a wide selection of art to satisfy all. The building has had many guises over the years and was completely refurbished with the offical opening... More 

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Thank ianh141255
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 via mobile

Well done with excellent staff supporting with information. Everything we could expect visiting an example of a well preserved heritage mansion

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Thank Blair R
Lombard, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 201 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 via mobile

I visited here recently on a trip to Scotland. It's a big house and they have done a job restoring it. In the past it was a mansion, a hotel, a sanatorium, a military installation, and an empty building so I assume they had a lot of work. But in the end it is just a big house and with... More 

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