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Address: East Court Street & Highway 313, Doylestown, PA
Phone Number: 215-348-9461
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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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Amazing Place

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Warminster, Pennsylvania
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Warminster, Pennsylvania
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

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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76 reviews 76 reviews
46 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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67 reviews 67 reviews
6 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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30 reviews 30 reviews
4 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 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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Penna
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

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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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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141 reviews 141 reviews
58 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
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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