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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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A Must See

No photos allowed inside this amazing cement castle but a definite must see when in the area! Step back in time with the guided tour. Learn more about The life of Mr Mercer and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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new jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

No photos allowed inside this amazing cement castle but a definite must see when in the area! Step back in time with the guided tour. Learn more about The life of Mr Mercer and his commitment to preserving the craft of tile making. See how he incorporated these tiles into his castle. Reservations are recommended but not required.

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Dumont
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

amazing house built by Henry Mercer.. be sure to take the tour.. you probably should reserve a space for the tour in advance. So much fun! part of a great day in Doylestown area.

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Thank rbwriter
Clemson, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This enormous piece of art was a residence of a most remarkable man, and artisan. Totally built by hand, and the design of the house plus all the beautiful Moravian tiles make it one of the most unique places I have ever been to! Not to be missed if you are in the area around Philadelphia.

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Easton, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We have driven by the Tile Works 100s of times but never realize there was a castle on the same property. I took my 11 and 10 year old daughters. We printed out one the scavenger hunts that you could find on their web site. It made the tour even more fun for them. I think my girls are the... More 

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Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We took two grandchildren to visit Fonthill. The tour was filled with information, both history and architecture, and the inside of this concrete castle was fascinating for the kids. Lots of tunnels, stairways, and sightings of the tiles really made the place seem like a real castle. The biographical material as interesting too.

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Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Unique home and museum of tile maker, archaeologist, artist and collector Henry Chapman Mercer. I have to start by saying that I am a little biased because I work here. That being said, this is a not to be missed House Museum that is seen by a 1 hour guided tour. Reservations are required, call 215-348-9461. Open 7 days a... More 

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Merritt Island, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I had never heard of Fonthill, but it was an amazing tour of a 'castle' built from concrete by Mercer and a small crew of men and a horse. It is interesting to see all the tiles in the different rooms (there is a separate place nearby to visit the tile works) and realize that he was just putting this... More 

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Radnor, Pa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It seems like you really never see every little detail the same way each time we visit,so we keep visiting! This man was a very interesting individual. A real treasure for all to admire his creativity and engineering. Go and see his life's work

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's a terrific space to even just go hang out on the grounds. Spacious, well-groomed, interesting landscaping, fabulous building as a backdrop. Inside is just too glorious for words! I have not seen a comparable home decorated in such a spectacular fashion. Tiles of every imaginable size, shape and content, colorful, fascinating, it's just a real joy to see!

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Randleman, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took our grandchildren to this person's home and it was quite a treat to go through so many rooms and see all that he collected. Although the woman that took our ticket money was not into her position, the guide truly was wonderful and knowledgeable. She even made the children important on the tour.

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