We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: 4422 Lareina Dr, Austin, TX 78745-1936
Phone Number:
+1 512-299-7413

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 120 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 47
  • 41
    Very good
  • 15
  • 7
  • 6
Yes, it really is junk!

This is a fun, campy part of south Austin culture. Keep Austin weird is the credo of places like this small, iconoclastic attraction. If you are into funky, quirky things, go! We... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Joe B
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Add Photo Write a Review

120 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 116: English reviews
Eden, Utah
Level Contributor
47 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Fun & unique art exhibit. The material: junk. The exhibit: the artist backyard. The artist: friendly. The dogs: adorable. This place is amazing. If you don't appreciate art this may not be your thing. Everywhere you look there is something to be seen. You must call ahead to make an appointment.

Thank bigmama616
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
58 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a fun, campy part of south Austin culture. Keep Austin weird is the credo of places like this small, iconoclastic attraction. If you are into funky, quirky things, go! We did & it was a hoot!

1 Thank Joe B
Austin, Texas
Level Contributor
764 reviews
397 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 414 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2016

We didn't make an appointment, so we just got to see this tower of junk from the street. It was worth the trip because we live within 2 miles of this place, and it definitely is "keeping Austin weird". But, I wouldn't drive 15 miles to see it. It is basically a tall (2 story) tower of anything and everything.... More 

3 Thank capitollover
Level Contributor
66 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2016

I appreciate that places like this exist to make the world a more colorful place, but this was really not worth a trip. Unless you have a particular interest in found art/homespun weirdness, there isn't a lot going on here. Thanks to the homeowner/artist for sharing his contributions - I applaud the effort and intent. But future travelers should keep... More 

5 Thank Jennifer A
Austin, Texas
Level Contributor
22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2016

Nobody keeps Austin weird like Vince Hanneman who built this amazing dreamscape in his backyard. All made out of castoff junk and surrounded by lush vegation like passion vines and trees. I was a little worried that things weren't safe enough but when I tried to shake the steps, for example, they felt perfectly secure and I did, in fact,... More 

2 Thank MCW-Austin
Buffalo, New York
Level Contributor
8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

The place was in the backyard of this house. He was nice and his dogs were also nice. There was a $10 "donation." I got my legs bit to high hell! Should of worn bug spray that he offered!!! Seemed like a lot of randomness and I didn't get it. But for those of you that want to check it... More 

2 Thank donalddamato
Level Contributor
47 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

This is a very weird yet cool place to visit. A must see when you're in Austin. The guy whose house it is is very nice and funny and the junk collection is simply amazing. We had a lot of fun touring this!

1 Thank Qtinks
Corpus Christi, Texas
Level Contributor
55 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

The Cathedral of Junk is a must see. It doesn't seem so large when you first walk up, but the structure is actually quite massive. Its very impressive, and the longer you look the more oddities you find in the "junk". A 10$ donation is encouraged and visitors must call ahead if they wish to see it.

2 Thank sonyahilltv
San Antonio, Texas
Level Contributor
11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 2016

This man does not return phone calls no matter how much you call him. When you finally reach him you are told he is not showing.

Thank herjourney
Austin, Texas
Level Contributor
219 reviews
83 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2016

We took our grandkids to see this eclectic mix of junk and art and they loved it. This man's entire back yard is a cathedral of junk, put together in an interesting and adventurous way. Was recently told that you have to make an appointment now due to the high volume of traffic. Be sure to look it up and... More 

Thank MyZiggyMan

Travellers who viewed Cathedral of Junk also viewed


Been to Cathedral of Junk? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Cathedral of Junk and other visitors
4 questions
Ask a question
2 months ago
over a year ago
austin, tx
over a year ago

See all questions (4)

Questions? Get answers from Cathedral of Junk staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?