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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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English first
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

The grounds around the glen sheen mansion are gorgeous. The house has all of the original furnishing and art work. Definitely worth the stop.

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West Des Moines, Iowa
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11 reviews 11 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

The house and grounds are well worth the price of admission. Very similar in ways to the Hill House in St. Paul, but on more land by the lake.

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London
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34 reviews 34 reviews
3 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

We'll worth a visit - great example Of the ostentatiousness of the time - Beautiful gardens and interiors - they skip on the murder and the blood stains - So ask about it!!!

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Northfield, Minnesota
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6 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

This was my second time touring the estate. The last time being many many years ago. This time I brought my family. It was pretty expensive for the 5 of us. over $60 for the 1 hour tour. Our tour guide Jacob was very great and upbeat for 9:20 in the morning. His knowledge on the house was fantastic. More... More

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Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We took a expanded guided tour hosted by a University of MN student. He was very knowledgeable about the estate and its' history, and was easily able to answer any questions. Everything in the home was kept in wonderful condition and really offered a wonderful glimpse of the era. We also meandered around the grounds and really enjoyed the gardens,... More

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Denver, Colorado
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96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

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

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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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

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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35 reviews 35 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 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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