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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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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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We have a Castle in Doylestown

I had my wedding photos taken on the grounds of the Fonthill estate. Sometimes I just drive up and walk around the exterior because it is so beautiful. The tour of the interior is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Doylestown
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Doylestown
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14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I had my wedding photos taken on the grounds of the Fonthill estate. Sometimes I just drive up and walk around the exterior because it is so beautiful. The tour of the interior is facinating. To hear about the man that built his castle and why is a must see!

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Thank PeggieDancer
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

No visit to Doylestown, PA would be complete without a visit to Foothill, the home of Henry Mercer Chapman. This unique poured concrete "castle" is as fascinating as the true renaissance man who built it over the course of many years. I've taken the Foothill tour many times both with my wife and with family or friends who visit us... More 

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Lickdale, Pennsylvania
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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We toured Fonthill this weekend and had a great time. Our tour guide, Marcy, was fun and very knowledgeable about the property. The price was $14 per adult, and everyone in my group found it to be well worth the money. The attraction is easy to find and in a very nice area, near other shops, attractions, and restaurants. The... More 

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Ringoes, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Well worth the visit. A home made completely of cement. We have had four tours and each one has been with a different docent. Each one gives a slightly different twist to the tour. Great tour at night. You must make a reservation.

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Thank Teddyballgame999
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I e-mailed Fonthill for reservations and had a response from them within a few hours. I was able to reserve a tour for the following afternoon. We arrived for our tour and checked in at the front desk. We were instructed to wait in a sitting room and watch a short video while we waited for our tour guide. Blake,... More 

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Thank SueB3136
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This castle is an absolute spectacle of art and hand crafted workmanship. The castle is viewed inside by guided tour only, which takes about an hour to complete.The tour guide on our Sunday visit was extremely knowledgeable about the history of this most unusual home belonging to Henry Mercer. In her tour of each room you could feel her respect... More 

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Thank Meredith J
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When you come inside, its like the clock went back 200 years and even the air smells like it. Interesting artifacts if you are a history buff.

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Thank seitchikd
Bishop, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very interesting place. I've been to any number of houses, and they often run together. This one is unique and well worth the the price of admission.

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Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

Eccentric is the best way to describe Doylestown's most famous (eh, maybe James Michener) resident. Henry Mercer. Patrick to his 'Auntie Mame', Fanny Chapman, built cement castles. The museum, Fonthill, and the Tile Works. All odd and worth visits, several.

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Thank wlm001
New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I found out about the place on internet and decided to visit the place on Saturday. It helped to book the tour in advance because apparently this place is popular on a nice weekend day. Very unusual architecture and a story behind it. Curious design through the maze of many rooms in the castle, no two of... More 

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