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Fonthill

East Court Street & Highway 313, Doylestown, PA
215-348-9461
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Ranked #1 of 9 Attractions in Doylestown
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Historic Sites, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Once the home of Henry Mercer (1856-1930,) this concrete castle boasts 44 rooms with interior...
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Type: Castles, Historic Sites, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: Once the home of Henry Mercer (1856-1930,) this concrete castle boasts 44 rooms with interior walls, floors and ceilings adorned with a dazzling array of the artist’s original handcrafted tiles.

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Hamilton, New Jersey
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

A concrete castle preserved with all the furnishing from the early 1900's. Castle was built room by room, all of concrete. So many fascinating things to see. Excellent tour guide Joyce took us on a guided tour of this unique home. She was so knowledgeable about the estate and the history of the house. Lots of steps, walking and standing... More 

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Suffern, New York, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

This is an excellent interesting site to visit I highly recommend a visit BUT the nature of the site requires you to be able to climb short flights of stairs to see all the tiles on the castle walls. If you cannot do stairs this is not the place for you. My 93 year old mom was barely able to... More 

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Bensalem, Pennsylvania
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15 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

The web says to make reservations but we walked up and got into next tour no problem. It takes about an hour or hour and a half. I thought it was very interesting to see how he designed it and put all the tiles. My husband was a little bored but parts he found interesting. I think it depends on... More 

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Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Amazed at the magnitude of work completed by Mr Mercer. A small fee for a big pack of memories to take home.

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NE PA
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15 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

My husband and I loved this place. You can read all about it on their website. A 44 room house made from concrete - bottom to top. Our guide, Karen, was very knowledgeable and personable. We did not make reservations and I would suggest that you do so. On this day there were school trips and we had to wait... More 

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Pennsylvania
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54 attraction reviews
245 helpful votes 245 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Frank, the tour guide, was very knowledgeable and able to answer all the questions regarding the castle and its eccentric owner. The castle is very unique in that its entirely concrete with elaborate tiles adding a decorative and ornate appeal. The history of the home and the man who designed it tell a very spellbinding human tale. I almost didn't... More 

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Doylestown, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

I love the Castle relics ancient art and history and I get new facts and information from the tour guide narration every visit. I can go over and over again.

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Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Had a free afternoon one day and ventured to the Moravian Tile and Pottery Museum and had time for the Fonthill Castle tour. I highly recommend it. The tour guide was so knowledgeable all things Henry Mercer and the Castle. It is an amazing structure since Henry Mercer was not a schooled architect but he is truly a genius.

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Wayne, Pennsylvania
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137 reviews 137 reviews
33 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

I have no idea why I never went to Fonthill Castle before now! It's a MUST SEE for anyone living in the Philadelphia area or a fantastic side trip for visitors to our city. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable with lots of interesting tidbits, too. Henry Mercer's home is just incredible! Call ahead for a reservation so you can... More 

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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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102 reviews 102 reviews
27 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Henry Mercer's strange but wonderful concrete house built in 1906. Architectural landmark filled with whimsical nooks and crannies, with concrete bookshelves, concrete furniture, beautiful ceramic tiles from around the world as well as his tile factory. Great place.

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