A house says a lot about its owner, as evidenced by Galileo’s solar-system bed sheets and Lincoln’s vast collection of presidential action figures. Take a peek inside the mind of a historic figure with today’s Groupon to Fonthill Castle in Doylestown. Choose between the following options:
- For $10, you get two admissions to the Fonthill Castle tour (up to a $20 value).
- For $18, you get four admissions to the Fonthill Castle tour (up to a $40 value).<p>
Designated as a national historic landmark in 1985, Fonthill Castle connects visitors to artifact collector, archeologist, and architectural visionary Henry Mercer, who built the home nearly 100 years ago. During one-hour castle tours, insightful guides weave groups through the completely concrete estate, stopping to explore 18 of the mansion’s 44 history-packed rooms along the way. A fusion of Gothic and Byzantine architectural styles, the castle’s compilation of mysterious and shadowy nooks accompanies more than 200 uniquely shaped windows, original furnishings, and 18 different fireplaces, where Mercer’s guests would warm up and ward off Hessian bands of headless snowmen. Tour-takers traverse the palace’s corridors, ambling past Mercer’s handcrafted tiles that provide century-old eye candy, elaborately lining interior walls, floors, and ceilings. Outside, the castle is surrounded by equally stunning sights, including rolling woodlands, open fields, and a well maintained mashed-potato moat.
Although Fonthill Castle offers discounted prices based on age, this deal still offers the best value for most customers.
At the turn of the 19th century, it became all too clear to historian and archaeologist Henry Mercer that handmade objects were being cast aside for machine-made things. He wanted to help preserve the pre-industrial way of life, and so he built a museum for his artifacts adjacent to his own home, Fonthill Castle. Today, Fonthill Castle is a National Historic Landmark and a museum in its own right, displaying handcrafted art both made by Mercer and collected by him during his world travels.
- The Building: the concrete castle comprises 44 rooms, including 18 fireplaces and around 200 windows; its vastness earned it a feature on A&E's America's Castles
- Crown Jewel: all through the castle, guests will find interior walls, floors, and ceilings adorned with Mercer's handcrafted tiles
- Don't Miss: 14,000 of Mercer's collected artifacts, including tiles, prints, textiles, and back issues of So You Own A Castle magazine
- Hidden Gem: in one hallway ceiling, Henry Mercer inscribed a thank-you note addressed directly to everyone who helped build his home—including a horse
- Annual Events: in the summer, there's Fonthill Castle Beer Fest, where guests pair local beers with local foods; in the winter, the castle is decked out for the holidays in Victorian-era splendor
- While You’re in the Neighborhood: tour Henry's labor of love, the Mercer Museum next door, which houses his collection of pre-Industrial Age handmade objects