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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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Little Falls, Minnesota
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

My fiancee and I visited Glensheen last year in October and enjoyed the entire visit. We did the extended tour and was able to see almost the entire house. It costs a little more, but I found it worth it. The tour took about an hour and a half to see the entire place and we were allowed to wander... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

I love going to historical places, especially when there's a good story behind the place. There's a lot of story that goes along with the mansion, including the famous murders. On the tour, however, the guides are not allowed to talk about them out of respect for the families and children on the tour. Although the tour without that information... More

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Manistee
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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

An amazing mansion built by an Iron Baron who started out as the kid next door! Embarrassed by their wealth at times, their answers to this are so smart. The college staff which guides the tours is very knowledgeable and we loved all the "telling" and all of the beautiful rooms and grounds we toured. We would go again in... More

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Perryville, Maryland
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55 reviews 55 reviews
13 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

First off the grounds, buildings, and home are amazing to view. Lots of great architecture and horticulture to view. SO much history packed into this place. Staff is excellent and very knowledgeable. Pay a little bit more for the longer tour so you can see more of this outstanding estate.

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53 reviews 53 reviews
15 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This estate is gorgeous. The grounds are beautiful and extensive. We took the extended tour which includes all floors plus the attic and basement. The house is a very well built, large home, lots of carving in the woodwork, rooms are large but the home gives a comfortable feel. It's very well taken care of. The tour guide was very... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

I hadn't been to the mansion in years so it was fun touring it again as an adult with my husband that had never been to it. The detail in the mansion is beautiful. How many hours workers must have spent just carving wood alone. We didn't take the extended tour but for the money we felt like the standard... More

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22 reviews 22 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

This was one of the titles of the tours offered at the Glensheen Estate, of which this tour is new, but it is not a complete tour of the house. If you want that, there is the standard tour and the extended tour. This tour goes behind the scenes and you will see the boat house, carriage house, the laundry... More

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Cambria
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43 reviews 43 reviews
12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

I was with 3 friends exploring the sights of Duluth and one of the four of us wanted to visit the estate. If you like this sort of thing, i.e. beautiful, historic artifacts that belonged to rich people, this was a very good experience. It was a little on the expensive side but since proceeds evidently benefit the university, I... More

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Duluth, Minnesota
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51 reviews 51 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Travel back in time! This is an amazing home, built by Chester Congdon, for his family. Tours are very informative - describing another time in Duluth's history. I especially enjoy walking the grounds, seeing the flower beds.

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San Antonio, Texas
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29 reviews 29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

disliked: the price. I had sticker shock for the 4 of us. It was like $80-90! liked: it is a very nice place. the grounds are fairly well kept. The house is just lovely and we enjoyed the extended tour. This would be a great place to have a wedding.

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