House of Dun
House of Dun
4.5
Historic Sites • Gardens
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Thursday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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The House of Dun is more than just a historic house, the Dun Estate boasts some wonderful walks, lively nature and fantastic views over the Montrose Basin. The Estate has amassed some fascinating features from over the years including an icehouse, the family mausoleum, the ruins of Dun Castle, a Neolithic monument and two walled gardens. During a tour of the house you will find out what life was like for the people living there, both above and below the stairs. One of the keynote features of the property is the astounding plasterwork in the salon. The plasterwork is a real statement by the family, and is teaming with detail and symbolism. With most of the collection on display being original to the house, you can be guaranteed an authentic view of how the people of the house lived. The property also has an excellent cafe and a separate gift shop. The cafe serves cakes and meals that will be suitable for almost anyone’s dietary needs.
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2-3 hours
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Sarah H
1 contribution
Oct 2022 • Family
I would highly recommend this place, for a start the tour guide was first class, he fairly acts the part and keeps you interested. The women in the gift shop was extremely nice and welcoming. We have been there 2 times already and we will definitely be making it a 3rd time I really feel highly about this place!!!
Written October 28, 2022
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JennieB58
Southampton, UK95 contributions
Sep 2021
What an amazing experience from start to finish!! Warmly welcomed, at the ticketing booth, we were instructed where to go for our house tour to start and the group was nice and small so you saw everything. All the fascinating guides/actors were really bringing the story alive, and so considerate to my deafness in these mask wearing current circumstances, and everyone was just so engaged and interesting all the way through. From the kitchen to the dining room, to the butlers quarters then into the family rooms, the whole thing was one of the best tours I have done, and very reasonably priced too, given we paid almost twice as much at Scone Palace for a quarter the experience! The coffee shop was good value too and the shop was full of interesting items, and nice to find it not too over-priced. The gardens are beautiful and and you can wander around everything but the house tour for free. Heartily recommended
Written September 22, 2021
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Paul Stallard
2 contributions
Apr 2022
Probably our best standard of tour guide yet, at an NTS property. We've been NTS members for years now and we never tire of visiting The House of Dun. The staff always try so hard to make everyone's visit an absolute delight - they never disappoint!!
I think we were the first to tour the house at 11:30 on Wednesday April 20th this year. It was just us two and Mr Allen in period dress. A very interesting, informative and entertaining tour which even saw us access the room where bits and bobs are stored in the left hand door as you end the tour - in there is a wonderful decoupage screen of unknown origin but which is fantastic work and it's a pity it isn't on display.
Thanks again and we'll see you again before too long we hope - meantime the two 1p pieces from 1900 that we were gifted as we left, are safely stored.
The Chef wasn't well but we'll get a meal next time.
Well done and thanks again.
Written April 21, 2022
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Graham J
Dundee, UK8 contributions
Oct 2022
The house and gardens are really well-maintained and presented. The tour of the house was a fascinating visit, brought to life by the very informative tour guide, who was dressed and acted as a character of the time, Mr Young. There were still plenty of flowers in bloom in the formal gardens, despite it being the middle of October. The cafe provided very welcome drinks, cakes and light lunches on a cold day. All in all, a really enjoyable visit. Thanks to all the NTS team at the property. We'll be back!
Written October 17, 2022
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Ross and Eleanor
Keith, UK74 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
Gorgeous house and grounds with interesting exhibitions. Very helpful staff. We explored the grounds and the exhibitions in the side building but did not explore the house because it was a sunny day and we didn’t want to leave our dog in the car (although she was welcome everywhere else and we completely understand why dogs cannot go in the house). The only thing which took the shine off our visit were the awful garage -style sandwiches in the cafe, especially as the scones and cakes were delicious. However, we loved the honesty shop and enjoyed doing the jigsaw we bought!
Written June 6, 2022
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Hamwire
2 contributions
Oct 2022
We are not sure if we will be employed by Mr Young as workers on the estate but he gave all the 'applicants' ( ie tour group) a wonderful experience. Our tour guide, playing the role of Mr Young, the head groundsman, was magnificent in his deep knowledge and humour. The tour, the house itself in all its grandeur and the gardens are well worth a visit. The Angus folk museum gives a full immersion in the 18th and 19th centuries history of the area. The cafe and shop are a bonus worth stopping at.
Written November 3, 2022
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Robin N
Barton, UK90 contributions
Sep 2022
The tour of the House, “Upstairs & Downstairs” was very well put together, clear, informative, and with a small group plenty of opportunity to interact with the guides, who were clearly very well informed and very informative.

The Adam inspired interior of the House was both fascinating in terms of its architecture and amazing given all the fittings on display along with the fixtures that go back to the eighteenth enture origins and right upto the final Laird’s possessions of the early 1980s before the Trust acquired the property.

It is like walking through a ‘living home’ everything, just everything is still in place .. it really did feel loved-in!

Attractive gardens and very friendly Shop and Tearoom staff .. home made Cherry Scones were the best! Well worth is visit!
Written September 16, 2022
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kenmlove
York, UK273 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
Came today with my husband enroute to a little break in Aberdeen. The 1pm tour was full but the lovely lady in the shop/booking office took our number and said she would call if they had any cancellations. 10 mins later she called and we were able to join. She was so friendly and explained in detail how the tour worked. She even took us outside and showed us where to go.

The tour was fantastic and we had 3 incredible guides, all in costumes and all in character for the whole tour. Each of them where incredibly knowledgeable and the man was also very funny. They were also very kind to an older deaf lady and her daughter and showed real class and customer service skills.

The house is lovely as are the gardens. Really enjoyed hearing all about the history and the murderous uncle.

Keep up the great work and thank you for making us feel so so welcome.

Ken & Nick
Written July 29, 2021
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skypilot
Berwick upon Tweed, UK27 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
As National Trust for Scotland members this was one location we had long wished to visit but were never in the area when it was open, either closed for refurbishment or the winter opening times did not fit our schedule. This month we finally achieved our goal and could not have been happier with our visit. The House of Dun, its gardens and rural life exhibitions are well worth travelling to see.

Having parked our car we walked through the arch to the courtyard, through a beautifully kept garden area which opens onto the discreet cafe, shop and series of fascinating exhibitions of Angus history set in outbuildings round the courtyard to the rear of the house and of course well maintained toilets with disabled access.

The welcome at the entrance could not have been warmer and we were invited to join a tour of the house, led by a member of staff dressed in 19th century clothing leading us very convincingly as a 19thC member of the Estate staff. He was most engaging and had an encyclopaedic knowledge of the house, its contents and the lives of those who had inhabited it upstairs and downstairs.

Highly recommended
Written October 22, 2022
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V White
2 contributions
Apr 2022
Really enjoyable guided tour by costumed guides. The embroidery all over the house by Lady Augusta is fabulous and well worth a look having been beautifully restored. It's also bound to be of interest to anyone interested in the Jacobite time period and the Outlander series. The guides shared stories of that time and the politically febrile atmosphere that didn't stop the family having secret Jacobite symbols added to their plaster work. Really beautiful formal garden, views and walks and a great cafe with gluten free cakes too.
Written April 30, 2022
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  • Thu - Fri 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Sat - Sat 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM