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Fonthill

East Court Street & Highway 313, Doylestown, PA
215-348-9461
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Ranked #2 of 12 Attractions in Doylestown
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Castles
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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... more » 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. « less
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English first
Boston, Massachusetts
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

If you love tiles (the owner covered all his walls in beautiful descriptive tiles), early 20th century history, castles, or quirky houses, this is for you. Lots of steps and winding staircases. It's an assault on your senses - my kids are 10, 8, and 6, and they did great, but I can't really imagine going through it with smaller... More

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Wilmington, Delaware
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW via mobile

So we never would have gone here had my mom messed up the dates on the Polish festival. Since we were already an hour from home I was determined that we were going to do something. So I found fonthill castle, and I am so glad I did! This building is magnificent and beautiful. Our guide did more than just... More

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Freehold, New Jersey
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Fonthill is very cool. My tour guide, Tom, is a retired professor and is also very cool. I had a private tour since there were no other visitors at my tour time. (So lucky, right?) I took the general tour, but Tom told me there are more specialized tours you can take. One takes you room by room where the... More

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Albany, New York
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

What amazing place! The guided tour was just amazing, but what I wouldn't give you be set loose in that place to run free and explore. What a cool place to see. It's like an adult fun house. I can't say enough great things about this place, a must see!

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Hagerstown, Maryland, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We thought a witch lived in this cattle when we were kids, so unfortunately, we ran and hid from tree to tree and never knocked on the door. We are so lucky that Font Hill is now open to the public, so we can all experience it's magical architecture and art.

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bucks county, pa
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50 reviews 50 reviews
16 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Fonthill startles you with it's appearance. It is like a touch of Europe dropped into a small Pennsylvania town. Henry Mercer, a renaissance man, built his version of a European castle out of poured concrete. The guided tour merely touches on the unique style and appearance of this amazing structure. The nooks and crannies, the concrete dressers, the wealth of... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Do not miss the tour of the house ,it was very informative. We were there just before a wedding and the place looked very nice but I think it is always that nice and well kept

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New York
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48 reviews 48 reviews
9 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

My husband and I went to visit Fonthill Castle. I love architecture and this is a masterpiece. The arches, the staircases, the hidden rooms, hidden staircases, domed ceilings, unmatching windows, the old books, the tiles, the colors of this sand-castle like home was amazing to see. The tour was about an hour long (a bit longer) and the man who... More

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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39 reviews 39 reviews
12 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Buttonwood trees line the drive towards Fonthill. There is nothing to dislike. Grounds are amazing (70 acres originally bought by Mercer), the Castle and the tile appointments Mercer integrated into his solid concrete wall home are beautiful. Architects, Engineers, Librarians and young (soon to be professianals) will enjoy all of the aspects of this home. How it was constructed without... More

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Macau, Ilhas, Macau
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I visited to celebrate the death of my own Aunt Elizabeth, (My Tita 'Liza.) As a child I myself am fascinated by castles and just about everything medieval and eclectic. That's why I say I feel like I know him! I'm sure many can relate! I am so happy too , that our tour guide, Joe, was very informative and... More

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