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Fonthill

East Court Street & Hwy 313, Doylestown, PA
+1 215-348-9461
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A one of a kind estate.

Great guided tour. Very unusual decor and many one of a kind tiles in the castle. History told by... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Gordon993
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Columbia, South Carolina
Interesting buildings with great grounds

We recently had our family pictures taken at Fonthill. All kinds of interesting spots for posing... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Herb S
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Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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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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  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
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East Court Street & Hwy 313, Doylestown, PA
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great guided tour. Very unusual decor and many one of a kind tiles in the castle. History told by our guide was enlightening. The owner, architect, builder was an unusual person. Not to be missed if you enjoy architecture

Thank Gordon993
Reviewed 1 week ago

We recently had our family pictures taken at Fonthill. All kinds of interesting spots for posing, whether it is on the grounds or along some of the steps or archways. Love the old buildings. We have been to a few weddings here as well and...More

Thank Herb S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Only guided tours are allowed because there are 44 rooms and 30+ staircases. We didn't book in advance as we didn't know our arrival time - it was a bit hard to get a tour because of this. If possible, call to reserve a tour...More

Thank toddahelming
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped at Fonthill based on other TripAdvisor reviews. Definitely time well spent. Great tour led by Brian Smyth. You'll be amazed at the creativity and passion that went into creating this one of a kind castle. Each room is fascinating. They also now allow photos.

Thank jlambbluff
Reviewed 19 November 2017

The other reviews are full of great info and I have little detail to add, but I urge those considering a visit to Fonthill to be sure to make it a priority. Even during the week the tours can reach capacity, so be sure to...More

Thank 714MartinR
Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

A beautiful place to visit after you see Mercer Museum to learn more about the incredible home and life of Henry Mercer. The winding rooms and tile are spectacular to see and the story of his life is truly inspiring.

1  Thank Janet M
Reviewed 9 November 2017

From the moment you walk up to this unusual structure you feel the intelligence of its design. The brilliance of his mind comes through to his hands in celebrating trades of hard working men and women.

1  Thank barbzie444
Reviewed 24 October 2017

My wife and I went to Fonthill castle recently . it was built by a renaissance man in 1908-1912, using cement blocks, concrete and lots of Moravian tiles which where insert upside down and backward to make the ceiling and arches properly show them. Each...More

Thank Charles H
Reviewed 19 October 2017 via mobile

A must. The tour guides are terrific. Henry Mercer was a legend of sorts. An innovator. The history, art and stories of his life were great. I live collecting his tiles...each time I visit.

Thank Jennifer R
Reviewed 19 October 2017 via mobile

I can't believe I have lived less than an hour away and had never visited this place before. So fascinating and so much to see. You could tour a dozen times and still see something new. Guided tour is required and is very informative. Short...More

Thank sschaf4
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Smiles1220
4 July 2017|
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Bindi N
29 November 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
12 December 2015|
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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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