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Fonthill

East Court Street & Highway 313, Doylestown, PA
+1 215-348-9461
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Fonthill - Mercer's Folly

Fonthill was the home of Henry Mercer who was a grand collector (possibly a hoarder) of items from... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
gloanne
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North Carolina
Incredibly Interesting to See

This castle is well worth seeing, because it is very unique, giving a glimpse into the life of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Summitseekerray
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Seattle, Washington, United States
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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 good24%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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East Court Street & Highway 313, Doylestown, PA
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Fonthill was the home of Henry Mercer who was a grand collector (possibly a hoarder) of items from around the world. His museum (The Mercer Museum) focuses on Americana, but Fonthill houses his worldly collections. Like the museum, the house is built entirely of concrete...More

Thank gloanne
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This castle is well worth seeing, because it is very unique, giving a glimpse into the life of Henry Mercer, his love for concrete and tile, and collection of artifacts from the 19th century. The tour requires advance reservations, and is well worth the trip....More

Thank Summitseekerray
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I am claustrophobic and found the castle very difficult to enjoy. If you are not claustrophobic I imagine it is interesting. My friend I went with enjoyed it a lot. Even the rest rooms felt like the walls were closing in. My experience there is...More

Thank Marjorie A
Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

Like The Mercer Museum, Fonthill Castle is another gem that is guaranteed to keep you intrigued and finding something new each visit you make. The best part is that every tour guide has a different side to the life of Henry Mercer which adds to...More

Thank aprince21
Reviewed 12 May 2017

Fonthill is amazing. Not a single straight angle in the place. A poured concrete palace decorated with the brilliance of Mercer tiles made next door. As with the Mercer Museum, keep your eyes open everywhere. There are treasures to behold. Tour guides are great. Specialty...More

Thank Bobbie S
Reviewed 11 May 2017

While visiting my friend in King of Prussia we drove over to Fonthill Castle. It was so interesting. You can only go in the castle via a tour guide. It is recommended you call ahead to reserve a spot on the tour. The cost was...More

Thank Motherhen03
Reviewed 28 April 2017

This place so unique and full of history, a true reflection of the man who created this building. The view from the balcony is amazing! Just not handicap accessible very much.

Thank wizlucy
Reviewed 26 April 2017

Great tour of this popular tourist attraction in beautiful Bucks County. Mr. Mercer was way ahead of his time and it shows both at his home and at his museum.

Thank Kathy S
Reviewed 19 April 2017 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

Thank joannehav
Reviewed 11 April 2017

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...More

Thank Nancy E
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Bindi N
I would like to visit the castle, museum and pottery factory, how long would I need and also how long are the tours for the castle and the museum? Thank you
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
Can you walk the grounds without going on the tour?
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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Danielle D
What is the tour price?
30 September 2015|
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Response from gil101 | Reviewed this property |
$14 for adults and $24 for combo with factory...check web site for children and adult prices and combo...allow 4-6 hours to see both.
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