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Fonthill Castle

East Court Street & Hwy 313, Doylestown, PA 18901
+1 215-348-9461
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It's not just about the tiles but the man that built his own castle!

The guided-tour is worth every penny of the $15! You'll see a home built by a man with a dream and... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Toni_McGo
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Hamilton, New Jersey
House of Curiosities

Henry Mercer was an eccentric who built his house out of concrete and tile to showcase both his... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Marianne M
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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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  • Very good22%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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East Court Street & Hwy 313, Doylestown, PA 18901
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Reviewed 4 days ago

The guided-tour is worth every penny of the $15! You'll see a home built by a man with a dream and the drive to complete his vision. Fonthill Castle is a magnificent display of ingenuity and determination. Many of the tiles you'll see throughout the...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Henry Mercer was an eccentric who built his house out of concrete and tile to showcase both his talents as a tile-maker and as a collector of tiles from around the world. From ancient Babylonian to Delft to Chinese to Arabic to Mercer's own, this...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This castle has concrete walls, floors, windows, ceilings, etc. Impedded in the concrete are ceramic tiles. Tour guide was excellent. This is a unique historical site well worth the visit.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The tour of the castle is really worth the 1-2 hours of your time. The tiles throughout the castle, which makes up a living catalog, is truly amazing. Personally, I was loving the book collection!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our guide was great and had many years of personal knowledge and stories. The building techniques, architecture and tiles are just amazing. Reasonable price with senior and AAA discounts. Unusual things to see in every room. Stairs were challenging for people with mobility issues and...More

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Reviewed July 9, 2018

As newcomers to Bucks County after 30+ years of living in New England, we were excited to tour a Pennsylvania “castle.” We were expecting an opulent residence like the mansions we toured in Newport, RI, so Fonthill was a huge disappointment. I

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Reviewed June 24, 2018

A very unique castle who had this castle built, room by room. It reminds me of something out of Harry Potter and is a fascinating guided tour (you will see why the guides herd the group from room to room). You only see half the...More

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MercerFonthillTeam, Public Relations Manager at Fonthill Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for reviewing your recent visit to Fonthill Castle. We are thrilled that you had such a great time on your tour through Henry Mercer's home and that it was made even more interesting because of your docents. We will be sure to pass...More

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Reviewed June 13, 2018

I love quirky places and this one certainly fits the bill! Our tour guide was excellent and gave us a great bit of the history of this castle and the man who built it. Out of the ordinary stop definitely worth the effort to get...More

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MercerFonthillTeam, Public Relations Manager at Fonthill Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for reviewing your recent trip to Fonthill Castle. We are so glad to hear that your visit was excellent and only made better by our expert museum staff. We will be sure to pass along your compliments, for it is truly our museum...More

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Reviewed May 9, 2018

What a great place to visit to see local history in Doylestown, PA. The structure itself is set in an lovely area and the architecture is simply amazing and very unique.

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Reviewed April 20, 2018

I have been to Fonthill many times. It is a unique castle built in the arts and crafts style. The docents are super knowledgable and fun. Highly recommend!

Thank John B
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nala8391
August 14, 2018|
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Response from MercerFonthillTeam | Property representative |
Thank you for your question. Fonthill Castle has limited accessibility, however, a ground floor tour may be arranged. Please notify us when you make your reservation if your group includes individuals with special needs. We... More
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Smiles1220
July 3, 2017|
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Response from MercerFonthillTeam | Property representative |
Thank you for your question on Fonthill Castle. We allow service dogs in our museums with proper identification. I hope this helps and we look forward to welcoming you soon!
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Bindi N
November 29, 2016|
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Response from Leesa S | Reviewed this property |
The Fonthill Castle tour is 1 hour and reservations are required. Plan to arrive about 10 minutes early to check in and pay for your tour. The Moravian pottery and Tike Works is on the same grounds as Fonthill and they do... More
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