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Address: Banff AB45 3SX, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 1261 818181

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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Visited one showed afternoon place is well set out and a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours we were unable to try the tea rooms due to the time of our visit they shut the tea... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Lancaster, United Kingdom
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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Visited one showed afternoon place is well set out and a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours we were unable to try the tea rooms due to the time of our visit they shut the tea rooms one hour before closing which is understandable. It is worthwhile watching the video presentation as it does explain the history of... More 

Thank BillyWhizz0
Inverurie, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Having visited this historic attraction several times with our grandchildren (its one of their favourite places to visit) I settled for a coffee and a piece of cake! (Granddad's prerogative) as I waited for the children to finish their visit. The attraction has an outside play area so the grandchildren can loosen off after a short journey in the car.... More 

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

18th century architecture, nice grounds and an art collection supported by the National Scottish Galleries which includes an El Greco. A bit of a drive from Inverness, where we stayed, but worth the trip. It also has temporary local artist exhibits.

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Skipton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were a little disappointed with this venue, the approach and the front of the house were quite nice, but several of the rooms were almost empty of furniture. The rooms which were furnished were quite nice but were obviously not dusted very often. There is a nice little cafe on the ground floor and also a souvenir shop. Not... More 

Thank Brenda S
Oxford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Duff House is billed as a 'country house art gallery', so you get two experiences for the price of one! The house, which used to belong to the Dukes of Fife, has been restored after being used as a PoW camp during the war, a hotel, sanitorium and falling into disrepair over several decades. The interiors themselves are worth seeing,... More 

Thank David792
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not your typical castle property. This is an excellent large estate that has been fully restored and is an art museum with amazing pieces of Scotland's artwork. The guides as well were amazing and went out if there way to help us.

Thank CANewlyweds
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have not found any pictures from the inside of Duff House that do this intriguing place any justice. I've visited several of europe's famous castle-like structures, and the only one so far that equalled my experience at Duff House was Schönbrunn Palace in Viena, Austria, which is saying something. Now, some of that may be due to the fact... More 

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Keith, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited here last Saturday (25th July) with my partner, I have visited before but it was years ago, my partner had never visited, him & I both loved it, the staff are very helpful & answer any questions you have, there is a video you can watch before you visit round the house,

Thank Tracy2319
Wickham Market
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited on a Sunday afternoon, when there was a special event. Helped set up the croquet as one of helpers was unwell. Very enjoyable, and the tea in the tea room afterwards was delicious.

Thank drpetembe
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had tea and scones delicious but a bit over priced, excellent service will return . very nice surroundings

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