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Mystery Castle

800 E Mineral Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85042-8341
+1 602-268-1581
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Interesting & Weird House from 30's/40's

This was my second visit here, bringing my husband and snowbird friends. We arrived at 11 am & we... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Phoenix, Arizona
A Hidden Gem

Saw this place mentioned in one of the guide books at the resort and decided to go since we like... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Georgetown, Delaware
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Built by a father to realize his daughter's dream, this three-story castle, completed in 1945, is made of stone, adobe, automobile parts and petroglyphs and is held together by a cement mixture including goat's milk. Take a tour - usually led by the daughter, who still lives there - of this odd, yet imaginative dwelling.
  • Excellent31%
  • Very good45%
  • Average16%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible4%
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800 E Mineral Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85042-8341
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+1 602-268-1581
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This was my second visit here, bringing my husband and snowbird friends. We arrived at 11 am & we were surprised how busy they were. Juan Carlos, our guide, did a good job describing how the house was built and some of the interesting stories...More

Thank Sandy817
Reviewed 5 days ago

Saw this place mentioned in one of the guide books at the resort and decided to go since we like unusual things to see. It was very unusual but quite interesting and delightful. This is a guided tour, whjch costs only $10.00 per person. Our...More

Thank sewlou
Reviewed 1 week ago

My 12year old daughter and I went to visit one day and we were glad we did even at an hour drive. We both thought it was interesting and seeing how all the different recycled material was reused. It is a lot of hodgepodge things,...More

Thank Krista H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very interesting place -- amazing use of reclaimed & discarded materials in building the castle. Tour guides are knowledgeable & happy to answer questions. The tour has a starting point, but we joined about 20% in & others joined at other points -- it's a...More

Thank MarcieBCA
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Awesome story behind the creation of this "castle" in Phoenix. You'll go back in time when Phoenix was not much more than a dot on the map. This castle was created by a man who came to the desert because of Tuberculosis. He built the...More

Thank Janiece C
Reviewed 4 December 2017

The castle story was rather unique and loved Manuel. He was a great story teller and very passionate about sharing interesting tidbits about the life of the builder and the dweller. Would recommend. There's a nice hiking trail behind the castle as the tour only...More

1  Thank dianeloverich
Reviewed 2 December 2017 via mobile

This crazy house is located at the base of South Mountain and as I was there to see the views, made sure to swing by this castle. You drive through a residential neighborhood to reach it and the last bit of the road is unpaved....More

Thank jehenson81
Reviewed 26 November 2017

We were traveling with another family and looking for things to do. My 14 y/o daughter found this place online. The place has an interesting backstory. The tour guides answer a lot of questions, but one wants to find out more after the tour. It...More

Thank orthopa64
Reviewed 20 November 2017

Very odd place built by one of the early settlers of the valley. Tours are offered from October to May and you will learn so much about this place. It is easy to bypass this gem, but it is a must see for locals with...More

Thank AzUhl
Reviewed 8 November 2017

An interesting story about the construction and history of the man who built this and his family that lived there. Full of imagination, creative, and artsy, using many natural materials and recycled products. Collections, art work, antiques, and a bit of junk are all combined...More

Thank boisekari
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Jeanie S
8 January 2018|
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Response from AzUhl | Reviewed this property |
Should be open now, from their website: HOLIDAY SCHEDULE - We will be closed Thursday, November 23 for Thanksgiving. We will resume normal tour days and hours on Friday, November 24. We will be open December 24 and... More
17 April 2017|
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Response from liftman53 | Reviewed this property |
We spent about an hour there. There is a surprising amount of things to see here, but if pressed for time you can see a lot with the short tour. Very unique place