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Fonthill

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Address: East Court Street & Highway 313, Doylestown, PA
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+1 215-348-9461
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
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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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Foothill Castle visit

This is an incredible castle The history of how it was built along with the hidden rooms winding staircases and incredible tile work is incredible. The tour guide was fabulous... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
kjmayb
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NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is an incredible castle The history of how it was built along with the hidden rooms winding staircases and incredible tile work is incredible. The tour guide was fabulous. Absolutely must do the tour and also visit the museum he bought with massive collections.

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Newtown, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you like exploring castles that also was someone's home, you'll want to visit here. Henry Mercer loved making tiles and this place is loaded throughout the tour. He lived here through the turn of the century and was the architect for this home fortress. The tour guide was friendly and maybe a little nervous. In the cooler months, you... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love visiting Font Hill, the home of Henry Mercer. All concrete castle which was his home. The candle light tour at certain times of year is nice and it is also a great place for weddings. Very unusual with a beautiful rustic Doylestown setting.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were looking for something for a pre Christmas date and found Fonthill, which was decorated for the season. It was a very interesting and intimate tour (just 4 people) of an unusual building and person. I wish i had studied a bit more about Henry Chapman Mercer, but learned as we went. The brocade tiles are amazing. Very enjoyable... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fonthill Castle deserves a two hour chunk of your time. Ask for Brian--he speaks from the heart. The history, the detail, the color, he added to our tour is worth this five star award. We are planning to return for the Behind The Scenes Tours in 2017.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Needed to do something different on our Christmas break - my wife came up with this. Excellent opportunity to see an eccentric's life exemplified in artifacts, both local and worldwide. Tour guide was great - friendly, well informed (an understatement) and it's all about the house and the man who built it. Fascinating design, and you learn something at every... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The only way you can see inside the castle and some of the rooms is to take the one hour tour provided by one of the volunteers. We visited on a weekday and were lucky to arrive just when a tour was going to start. Typically we're not fans of guided tours, but since this was how we could see... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

An amazing place by an interesting person. The tour group was small (4) and our guide Brian was excellent. He gave lots of background on the man and the building, but not in a dry, boring manner, and in no way TMI. I would suggest that a tour here be done BEFORE heading to the Mercer museum to add to... More 

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King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

My girlfriend and I went to Doylestown today to go to Fonthill Castle and the Moravian Tile & Pottery place. I highly recommend the trip. We watched the video before we started the tour and looked around in the gift shop area. The tile work is fantastic. We had a great tour with Brian that lasted over 1 hour for... More 

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Reading, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

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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