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Duff House

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Address: The Barnyards, Banff AB45 3SX, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 (0)1261 818 181
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Description: A magnificent early Georgian mansion, designed by William Adam for the...
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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Visits here and had a guided tour of the house and grounds (two separate tours) all included in the admission price but only available on selected dates. Both were very... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
Emma G
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Lombard, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

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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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Visits here and had a guided tour of the house and grounds (two separate tours) all included in the admission price but only available on selected dates. Both were very informative and really brought the place to life. The house is stunning and the woodland walk is a find. A must see

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Montgomery, Wales, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

This large house is beautiful architecturally and some of the rooms are really nicely decorated, but it is sparsely furnished and is set out more as an art gallery, than a historic house. The staff are very knowledgeable and helpful, and they were particularly kind as I was feeling unwell on that day. It is worth a visit, but has... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

This is a hidden gem of a building, perfectly formed and just the right size for a visit. It has the added bonus of being affiliated to the National Gallery with some outstanding paintings on view. The grounds are also excellent for families and adults, with long wooded areas for dog walking and further afield exploring. The small café serves... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Yes Duff House is a lovely place sorry but for me my highlight was going to be the Jack Vettriano exhibition the as much as i love his work i was disappointed by the lack of it yes i know it's expensive to move his work around the country. yes i loved it but just a bit let down (... More 

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ByHistoricScotland, marketing Co-ordinator at Duff House, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. The Jack Vettriano exhibition at Duff House contains a small sample of his work and is on loan from a privately owned collection. The exhibition contains four original oil-on-canvas art works, and a series of limited edition prints and silk screen printings. This makes it perfect for a more intimate display of the artist's work. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

What a surprise, I expected it to be nice and it fulfilled all expectations. You could spend hours here looking at the paintings, the furniture and the pottery. The House was beautiful. The staff extremely helpful and could tell you the story of the house. Not to be missed.

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Bradford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

I do not normally like seeing a lot of art, however I LOVED Duff House. The history behind the building helped to create a really nice atmosphere as we went around the building, moving from old paintings to the exhibitions by newer artists. I would recommend this attraction to anyone visiting Scotland

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Gliwice, Poland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Interesting film shown before the visit. Great architecture; interesting history of the place. Quite a number of rooms to see but it's a collection of everything. Mish-mash of paintings and furniture. This unique 'family place' is missing. But the Polish troops stayed there during WW2. Good visit. Helpful staff. Ok if you use Explorer's Pass,otherwise you need to pay 7GBP.

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Duff House is very close to Banff and has been restored and reopened in 1995 before which it had been completely gutted. It was an 18th century house designed by William Adam and very imposing it is. It is owned by Historic Scotland and the staff are exceptional in terms of their welcome and willingness to talk about the house... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

House is quite interesting and the staff are really knowledgeable and engaged our teenage kids with facts about the house and it's inhabitants, however the furniture and fixtures were all removed and have subsequently be replaced with similar items so you don't actually get a feel for how the house was. There are lots of portraits and art. Not the... More 

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