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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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Road trip 2016

This place was Henry Mercer's home. It is approximately one mile from the Mercer Museum. Like the museum, it is built out of concrete. Mercer himself was a tile maker and there is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This place was Henry Mercer's home. It is approximately one mile from the Mercer Museum. Like the museum, it is built out of concrete. Mercer himself was a tile maker and there is much tile work throughout the home. Maybe a bit gaudy, but interesting just the same. A lot of history and the tours are very informative.

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Coatesville, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Despite the fact that this so interesting site shows what happens when a National Historic Landmark is underfunded, Fonthill Castle is well worth a visit, as there is nothing comparable anywhere. The gentleman who created it, Henry Chapman Mercer (Don"t go before you google him.),created a building that was both his home and a showplace for the products of his... More 

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Perkasie, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I haven't been there in awhile however it wouldn't change anything. This Henry Mercer beautiful house complete with built in seat and Mercer tiles everywhere. It truly is magic. The best way is a guided tour.

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Lansdale, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a romantic way to spend a day with someone you love, like or even by yourself! Fonthill Castle in Doylestown was such a beautiful place for me to let my imagination run wild! There was a lot of walking and step-climbing involved, my only issue, but also the only way to see such greatness before me. Henry Chapman Mercer,... More 

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Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This unique treasure is a must see. Words cannot do it justice. Our tour guide was so informative, giving us information on Henry Mercer throughout the tour. My 14 year old said to me afterward "how does she remember all those facts.". As odd as the home is, I felt surprisingly comfortable there, so much so that I could envision... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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Clemson, South Carolina
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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 weeks ago

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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