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Address: East Court Street & Highway 313, Doylestown, PA
Phone Number: 215-348-9461
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Once the home of Henry Mercer (1856-1930,) this concrete castle boasts 44...
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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cool structure and history

This place was very unique with interesting architecture. Lots of different things to see. Just make a quick day trip for a few hours. The tiles are beautiful. Great for a quick... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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New Hope, Pennsylvania, United States
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New Hope, Pennsylvania, United States
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123 reviews 123 reviews
23 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

This place was very unique with interesting architecture. Lots of different things to see. Just make a quick day trip for a few hours. The tiles are beautiful. Great for a quick outing.

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Lititz, Pennsylvania
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27 reviews 27 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

My wife and I visited Fonthill castle in May 2015. We found it to be very entertaining and informative. The castle itself is huge and the tour guide is very entertaining! Although they don't allow photos in the interior you were allowed to take many pictures outside. The ticket price for the interior tour was $14 per adult but there... More 

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Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
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86 reviews 86 reviews
23 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

The genius here was in the design. Be sure to call ahead for a reservation with a specific tour time and don't miss this eclectic masterpiece.

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Griswold, Connecticut
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015 via mobile

Quirky vision from the ground up. The tour guide was entertaining and informative. Each guide prepares their own tour so each visit is an opportunity to learn something new. Even our attitudinal 9 year old was able to transition from a ball of barely concealed disinterest to fully engaged and ready to explore.

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Abbottstown
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

It's a neat castle. The tour is full of info and history. You should take time to see this place if you are near by....

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Jamison, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

We've lived in the area for over 12 years and visited for the first time this year. This tour was very interesting and involved some local lore. The castle is amazing and the guide provided much insight into stories about the owner as well as the interesting tile work (and stories around the tiles) inside the castle.

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Warminster, Pennsylvania
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

I 've lived near here for years and never visited until last weekend. This castle is a jewel. The time it must have taken and decorate is enormous. The inside is tiled with thousands of tiles that tell hundreds of stories. The guide is thoroughly knowledgeable and entertains with amusing stories about the builder and the castle. We did the... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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86 reviews 86 reviews
49 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

I kept looking at my watch and hoping the tour would end! Our guide knew a lot but seemed to struggle to spit it out. The house itself was something impressive. I can't imagine living there but it was neat to see. Wear something warm as it is cold inside!

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Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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74 reviews 74 reviews
7 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

What a great tour to take on an afternoon! Packed with so much information. A great story about a man with a vision to build something unique that would last forever. Educational and inspiring.

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Philadelphia, PA
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32 reviews 32 reviews
4 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

This is a great tour. Make sure to reserve ahead even if on the same day. We had a wonderful tour on Saturday March 28, 2015. Joe C. was our guide and he truly brought to all members of the tour a wonderful sense of who Henry Mercer was and how this shaped the design of his castle. Mercer was... More 

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