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Fonthill

Address: East Court Street & Highway 313, Doylestown, PA
Phone Number: 215-348-9461
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Ranked #1 of 12 Attractions in Doylestown
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Once the home of Henry Mercer (1856-1930,) this concrete castle boasts 44 rooms with interior...
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Type: Castles, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.

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English first
Sicklerville, New Jersey
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
4 helpful votes 4 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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103 reviews 103 reviews
39 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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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Hamilton, New Jersey
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4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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15 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
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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NE PA
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15 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

My husband and I loved this place. You can read all about it on their website. A 44 room house made from concrete - bottom to top. Our guide, Karen, was very knowledgeable and personable. We did not make reservations and I would suggest that you do so. On this day there were school trips and we had to wait... More 

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Pennsylvania
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54 attraction reviews
251 helpful votes 251 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Frank, the tour guide, was very knowledgeable and able to answer all the questions regarding the castle and its eccentric owner. The castle is very unique in that its entirely concrete with elaborate tiles adding a decorative and ornate appeal. The history of the home and the man who designed it tell a very spellbinding human tale. I almost didn't... More 

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Doylestown, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

I love the Castle relics ancient art and history and I get new facts and information from the tour guide narration every visit. I can go over and over again.

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