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Fonthill

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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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Visit with the Mercer Museum

This is the home of the Henry Mercer, who built the Mercer Museum. It is definitely worth seeing. No two rooms are on the same floor, you need to go up or down stairs to get to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

This is the home of the Henry Mercer, who built the Mercer Museum. It is definitely worth seeing. No two rooms are on the same floor, you need to go up or down stairs to get to rooms. Very interesting.

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Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

A wealth of history and a bit of dreaming big! Fonthill makes you wonder what interesting invention you can come up with. Henry Mercer was a world traveler and definitely a dreamer too! His talents will astonish you. What an amazing place to visit. Make sure to check out the tile woks too. Kids also can enjoy this... The movie... More 

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Doylestown, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Truly a castle. Henry Chapman Mercer's dream was his home, built using his invention of reinforced concrete and decorated throughout with tiles from his own factory on his estate. The many acres are wonderful for strolling. Tours are by reservation only during parts of the year. Make sure to visit the Mercer Tile Works on the property.

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Sicklerville, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

The castle was really cool. It is really interesting to see how many talents Henry C. Mercer had during his life.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

We went for a tour while the castle was decked out for Christmas. There were trees decorated in most of the rooms, making it nice and festive. I wasnt quite sure what to expect after learning it was a "concrete" castle. I was pleasantly surprised to find the inside was as castle-y as any castle I've been to in England.... More 

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Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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58 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Set beautifully at the end of a long driveway lined by towering trees, Fonthill evokes a romantic chateau you would be more likely to find in France along the Loire River, or perhaps a small castle in Bavaria. Henry Mercer built this sandstone colored mansion using his beloved poured concrete. Built as he went along, and as his whims directed... More 

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Hamilton, New Jersey
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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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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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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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