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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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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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This place is so cool and guides are very informative. I would say definitely don't miss if you are in the area. We've gone twice and each time we see/learn something new.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Medford, New Jersey
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Medford, New Jersey
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This place is so cool and guides are very informative. I would say definitely don't miss if you are in the area. We've gone twice and each time we see/learn something new.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

It's a wonderful place to explore the art of tiles and a big castle. Be prepared though, in the summer on a hot day, it gets really hot in some rooms, even though there are fans. There are many stairs too, but there is alot to learn.

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

I have been visiting Fonthill since I was a teen. It really does what they say - brings history to life.

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Thank Christine B
bensalem, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I live in Bucks County PA and have never visited the town of Doylestown. My family and I decided to take a drive to walk on Main Street and to visit the Fonthill Castle. There is a small parking lot with few cars which is great and we walked in and we found that they actually give tours with a... More 

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Baltimore, MD
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was an interesting tour. I love history so I learned so much from this tour. The tour takes about 1 hour for $14. The guide gives incite on Chapman Mercer and the historical events. I recommend the visit.

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Thank piasan-11
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Fonthill Castle tour we took was very informative and interesting. Everywhere you looked something was interesting. Our tour guide knew a lot about the castle and even had a personal connection with it. The town itself, Doylestown, is very cute and unique as well. Great place to visit in Doylestown!!

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Thank Ryguy152
Hazleton, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very unique architecture. You will be given a very informative tour and see tiles depicting different historical events. It is really something special to see. Henry Mercer loved to collect things and the items are displayed all over the house. Wear comfortable shoes...lots of twisty stairs to travel as you go to different rooms and levels. Henry Mercer really built... More 

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Bellevue, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This extraordinary building was the home of Henry Chapman Mercer, an eccentric scholar of tile making who not only inherited a family fortune but who also designed and manufactured famously beautiful tiles of his own at a nearby factory that you can also tour. As a young man he studied castle architecture along with tile and pottery, and this house... More 

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Thank Erik S
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a must see! This was very interesting. All the items-- tile, furniture etc. was impressive to look at. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and answered all of our questions. She was very patient, even when we were all waiting on a lady (that was taking a selfie), so that we can continue to the next room. Knowing... More 

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Philadelphia, PA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Foothill Castle is a good stop for anyone interested in art, architecture, history or just pretty sites. Built by Henry Mercer in 1908, you meander through twists and halls, up and down stairs to come across small and medium size rooms,decorated all along with handmade or imported tiles. Many tiles tell stories such as the arrival of Columbus. Other tiles... More 

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