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Fonthill

East Court Street & Hwy 313, Doylestown, PA
+1 215-348-9461
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Eccentricity At Its Finest

Only about an hour from the Lehigh Valley, this is an understated attraction. I was researching day... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
vnhaas92
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Allentown, Pennsylvania
An Escher-meets-Gaudi fever dream of a house by an amateur architect

This place is fabulous. Came on a day trip from NYC and haven't stopped talking about it since. I... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
k f
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New York City, New York
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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.
  • Excellent72%
  • Very good23%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“our tour guide” (36 reviews)
“henry mercer” (89 reviews)
“tile work” (21 reviews)
Closes in 15 min
Hours
Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
LOCATION
East Court Street & Hwy 313, Doylestown, PA
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+1 215-348-9461
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"our tour guide"
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"henry mercer"
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"tile work"
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"make reservations"
in 7 reviews
"unique home"
in 9 reviews
"hour tour"
in 8 reviews
"great tour"
in 13 reviews
"behind the scenes"
in 7 reviews
"take photos"
in 7 reviews
"poured concrete"
in 18 reviews
"call ahead"
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"concrete castle"
in 17 reviews
"no photography"
in 4 reviews
"one of a kind"
in 17 reviews
"next door"
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"decorative tiles"
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"renaissance man"
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Only about an hour from the Lehigh Valley, this is an understated attraction. I was researching day trips and fun things to do in PA on Pinterest when I found out about this place. We were so glad we came. The history behind the place...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is fabulous. Came on a day trip from NYC and haven't stopped talking about it since. I don't even like ceramics much as an aesthetic, yet this ceramic-encrusted, rambling place is now my dream home. Book a tour of the house, but be...More

Thank k f
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We've taken this tour four times now, and each time has been a treat -- one of our all-time favorite attractions. If you can, get the tour with Marcy, who is wonderfully knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Mercer built this fabulously eccentric and ingenious seven-story home out...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is the home Henry Mercer built for himself around the turn of the 20th century. It reminds me of a Hobbit home. Not in scale, but in earthy uniqueness. Henry Mercer was an heir in an influential family. He was an avid collector and...More

2  Thank Stephanie R
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Daytime or nighttime this is a great place to visit and the tours fun. Of course the history of the castle and how it made its life in Doylestown is amazing.

1  Thank cszostak
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A must see. You cannot view castle without paying for tour which is highly recommended. Learn about Henry Mercer and the home he built himself with using concrete and tiles. Incredible!!!!! There is restrooms on site. Price adults $15. I think kids were $8. Not...More

1  Thank TLynnwire
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Reviewed March 4, 2018

It has beautiful architectural. The tour is very interesting. I would definitely do the tour.The tour was definitely informative.

1  Thank paulette m
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Reviewed March 3, 2018 via mobile

We had the privilege of having Mr. Smyth give us a tour of this beautiful and quirky castles last Tuesday. There were only two of us on the tour, myself and my best friend and we found Mr. Smyth to be extremely knowledgeable and very...More

1  Thank Tara H
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Reviewed February 26, 2018

What an amazing place. Take the tour. So many interesting things to look at and learn about the man and his castle.

2  Thank FFtravels
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Reviewed February 25, 2018 via mobile

Mercer was eccentric. His concrete castle was bizarre. Expensive for a family of four. My teens walked away with a perspective on what eccentricities wealthy people will spend their money on.

1  Thank Ldeck
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Smiles1220
July 4, 2017|
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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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Heather B
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Response from Cindy O | Reviewed this property |
yes you can walk the grounds without joining a tour. each season brings a different landscape to enjoy while strolling. have a great time. henry is smiling down.
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