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Fonthill

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Address: East Court Street & Highway 313, Doylestown, PA
Phone Number: +1 215-348-9461
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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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Eccentric is just the beginning

I love mansions and seek them out. This mansion is so much more than big. It's amazing in the details, the history, the pottery, the art. Time stopped and this place is frozen... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
hqueeniew
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Reading, Pennsylvania
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Reading, Pennsylvania
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192 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I love mansions and seek them out. This mansion is so much more than big. It's amazing in the details, the history, the pottery, the art. Time stopped and this place is frozen in time. It's a crazy place--but in a good way. This is a must see if you are in the area because it's unlike anything you've ever... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Fonthill seems like a fantasy. It's difficult to realize it is real. American archeologist and tile maker Henry Chapman Mercer must have conceived this in his imagination and then actually created this castle using concrete and decorated with beautiful tiles. If you are anywhere near Doylestown, do stop in and join a tour. By the way, you can not explore... More 

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St. Andrews, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really interesting and unique. Definitely with checking out. That being said, we had the worst EVER tour guide. If you go, avoid the tour guide Vance, who was incredibly rude and mocked people who asked questions. Only knocked it down 3 stars because of our experience with the staff

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Milford, DE
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Built by Henry Mercer in the early 1900's, Fonthill is definitely unique. Everything is constructed with concrete and adorned with unique tiles that were designed and made by his tile company. Some tiles were purchased overseas and also used in the home. This definitely is worth a visit. Doylestown is a lovely town too with lots of shops and dining.

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Thank MMB101
North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A man of wealth, well traveled and educated, carries an image of the home he wants to build one day and then he finally accomplishes it. This is not most people's fantasy home but there is much to see. Mr. Mercer, owner of a tile business, personally designed tiles based on themes, to decorate the walls of every room of... More 

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Maywood, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited the castle on Sat 11/12/16. Our tour guide, Bill, was A+. He was engaging, informative, clear, fun, organized & knowledgeable. The tour lasted longer than we thought... which was great. The castle is constructed mostly of concrete with the most amazing tiles. You can read a little about Henry Mercer's masterpiece home before you go... but don't!! Don't... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

History, architecture, and pottery geeks will be in heaven. It was a nice tour, guided because the maze of rooms and hallways would probably make you get lost. Tour lasted about an hour. Price of admission is $14. A little steep, but it helps keep the place open. Our guide was very good and experienced working at the castle. Only... More 

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Toms River, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is an odd and very unusual castle. It is made entirely of hand-mixed concrete. The walls and ceilings are adorned with many tiles made in his tile factory and also from tiles imported from around the world. There were some tiles on a column that were from the year 2100 BC. There is an amazing number of stairways in... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016

This castle is completely made of concrete. Tiles inlaid throughout. A tour guide was very helpful in understanding how the castle came about.

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No where, PA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016

Absolutely beautiful place with a rich history. You must make reservations for a tour which runs for a little over an hour. Very interesting and beautiful. Sadly, you can't take pictures. There are a few tours a year that they do allow photos though. This tour requires a lot of climbing of stairs so make sure everyone in your party... More 

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