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Glensheen Estate

3300 London Road, Duluth, MN 55804
+1 218-726-8910
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Ranked #6 of 47 attractions in Duluth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Owner description: Finished in 1908, this Lake Superior 39-room mansion enjoys a rare, intact collection of original furnishings and art. Because of that, it closely... more » Owner description: Finished in 1908, this Lake Superior 39-room mansion enjoys a rare, intact collection of original furnishings and art. Because of that, it closely resembles the days when the Congdon family first occupied it. Truly, it is Duluth's answer to Downton Abbey. Situated on a wooded lot, the home boasts spectacular views of Lake Superior, as well as, multiple gardens including formal, flower and vegetable. Guests are also encouraged to explore the carriage house, boat house, stone bridge and pier. Children enjoy the pebbled beach for hours of rock skipping while parents take in a sit on one of Adirondack chairs. Be sure to check out Glensheen as part of your must-do Duluth bucket list. « less
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Denver, Colorado
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248 reviews 248 reviews
63 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

This mansion is one of the very best I have visited. Easy parking and we opted for the extended tour based on the ticket seller recommendation. Tour started on time and ended 90 minutes later. The on-site guide we had was excellent. Very knowledgeable and presented her narration in a clear and understandable manner. Huge mansion with mostly original items... More

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Arizona
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We did the standard tour, which included the carriage house, main living areas, and unlimited time in the gardens. It was exceptional. The architecture and interior design was very progressive, and fits with what we learned about the original family. There are treasures from worldwide travels and some unusual pieces like the "nighttime in Paris lampshade" that add to the... More

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Vernon Hills, Illinois
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102 reviews 102 reviews
35 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

If you're a veteran of historical mansions, you know that some are more interesting than others. What makes Glensheen Estate worthwhile is the loving treatment and respect given by the University of Minnesota and its well-informed students who serve as tour guides. Most of what you see inside is original - something not always the case at other mansions. Guides... More

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Ndangane, Senegal
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

It is a beautiful mansion on the lake. You can stroll the grounds on your own but take the guided tour of the house. The guide provides such interesting information. Must see.

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Iowa
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

My sister and I went on a little weekend getaway and randomly found this estate and are so glad we did! We went right before Halloween so they were all set up with hundred of carved pumpkins around the estate. First of all, this estate is beautiful. I cannot believe how well preserved everything is. It is something that Minnesota... More

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Cloquet, Minnesota
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69 reviews 69 reviews
37 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We live in the Northland, but have not seen Glensheen in many years. It is such a jewel of our area. Anyone--young or old--can appreciate the solid, well-thought out craftsmanship of this place, and the property it stands on is just awesome . Lake Superior is such a great "companion" to the mansion. I know the tour guides will not... More

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North Bend, Oregon
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92 reviews 92 reviews
27 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

i've toured lots of mansions, palaces, historic houses, etc - this one is special in that it actually is full of original furniture, pictures, rugs, etc. that belonged to the family that built the house and lived here. i took the expanded tour which included all the floors including the attic. the young woman who was our guide was excellent.... More

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Fargo, ND
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This is a great attraction to visit. Very well worth the money! I advice anyone who has a couple of hours to spare to visit this estate. Tours are very informative and guides are knowledgeable.

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Mora, Minnesota
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We went during the early spring so everything was still very brown. If we went back we would go during the summer. They didnt even have the fountain on yet but I know they do in the summer. Plus I'm sure the grounds would have been green and colorful with lots of flowers. Other than that, the mansion was amazing.... More

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Leeds, England
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34 reviews 34 reviews
15 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

This estate dating back to 1906 is so interesting. We spent a cold and rainy afternoon touring this well preserved time capsule now owned by the University of Minneapolis. The tour guides are all students at the university and were very entertaining. The history of the house is fascinating and if you like Arts & Crafts/Art Nouveau you will enjoy... More

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