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Fonthill

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Address: East Court Street & Highway 313, Doylestown, PA
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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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Guided tour was grwat5. The castle is a phenomenon. Lived in pa half my life and never knew it was there. A must see. Incredible surroundings and a wonderful day trip from Tri... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Pilesgrove, New Jersey
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Pilesgrove, New Jersey
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7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Guided tour was grwat5. The castle is a phenomenon. Lived in pa half my life and never knew it was there. A must see. Incredible surroundings and a wonderful day trip from Tri state area

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Thank joannehav
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36 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Love this place because it's so unique. Basically, Henry Mercer was an eccentric guy with money and he was able to carry out all his unique visions. He had no training as an architect but he had ten guys, beautiful tiles collected all over the world and tons of concrete. It's a beautiful, unpredictable, rat-mazed result. Make sure you combine... More 

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Stockholm, Sweden
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27 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We've taken the tour, but have also visited from outside. This home is fascinating and the tour guides are super interesting. The grounds are so beautiful, its something to take in. It is at times bizarre and always unexpected. I believe you can also see the Mercer Museum (in Doylestown about 5 mins away) on the same day.

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doylestown, pa
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69 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Don't miss this ancestral home of the amazing Henry Mercer. Just one of three 'castles' he build in Doylestown. Call and ahead and schedule a tour. Prepare to be amazed.

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Philadelphia, PA
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66 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our family of 5 adults visited over the recent Christmas holidays. We bought a “Mercer Experience ticket” that included admission for both the Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle. Fonthill was the concrete home of Henry Mercer and displays handcrafted tiles, the furnishings and personal effects of this artist. The website gives some details of the exhibits. Timed tickets are required... More 

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Stockton, New Jersey
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25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

mercer's all concrete home, with no right angles inside, is unique, whimsical and bizarre and well worth taking the tour.

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Thank marwargar
New Jersey
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283 reviews
162 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017

This is less of a castle and more of McMasion/man cave. Interesting to see but not a must see or a repeat visit.

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Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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39 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017 via mobile

My first visit to Fonthill Castle was for the candlelight tour on December 30th, 2016. What a fascinating experience! The tour guide/docent was extremely knowledgeable and able to answer every question we had. My Mom and I were very impressed with the historical significance of the life of the castle owner Henry Chapman Mercer. Will definitely recommend this site as... More 

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Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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53 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

This 'castle' is a must see if you are in Doylestown. They give a nice tour and the guides ( I've had a four different ones over the years) have all been good. I always bring my guests here. I have had a couple of the different tours. Even taking the same tour over again, I learn something new. After... More 

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Janesville, Wisconsin
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83 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2017

Fonthill is a wonderful place about a interesting man Henry Mercer who did and collected amazimg things. You begin to wonder how one person could do all the things that he did in just one lifetime. It is not a place many of us could live in today but he adopted new building techniques using conrete and designing the tiles... More 

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