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Mystery Castle

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Neighborhood: South Mountain
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Address: 800 East Mineral Road, Phoenix, AZ 85040
Phone Number: 602-268-1581
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Thu - Sun 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Description: Built by a father to realize his daughter's dream, this three-story...
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.
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This is not a long stop, but it is very interesting. This attraction requires quite a bit of walking and climbing stairs. It has a interesting story. The cost is $10.00 for adults... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
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Kent, WA
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

Don't waste your money. This place is a waste of time & money. The inside was okay but so full of junk that has nothing to do with place. Very hokey.

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iowa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

We paid $30 for our family of four to tour the Mystery Castle. It was kind of interesting and for half the money my review would probably be more positive. There is interesting architecture, a cactus skeleton, and some unique kitsch stuff, but for the amount of things to see, it seemed overpriced.

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Kent, WA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

This is not a long stop, but it is very interesting. This attraction requires quite a bit of walking and climbing stairs. It has a interesting story. The cost is $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for kids.

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Fort Erie, Ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

The castle is located in the foothills of South Mountain in Phoenix. It is operated by staff who knew and worked for the last family occupant who passed a few years ago. So there knowledge is extra special. The guided tour lasts about 2 hours and for the $10 fee is worth every penny. The castle, build over 20 years,... More 

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MIlwaukee, WI
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

We were excited to visit the Mystery Castle, as we've visited quirkily places like the House on the Rock and loved them. But everything about this place was disappointing. Disastrous parking lot and a single port-o-pottie. We were directed up the stairs by a teenager but that was it. Later saw a man taking money and Putting it in his... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

This home was a work of love by one man. He used a wide assortment of materials in creative ways. Very interesting , especially if architecture is your thing.

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Mystery Castle near South Mountain is an unusual attraction. A man built this castle for his daughter using recycled items and rock from South Mountain between 1930-1945. You go on a tour that you at join at any point as soon as you arrive. $10 for Adults and $5 for kids over 5. It is not handicap accessible. The tour... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

It's a cool place to check out if you are looking for something a little different. We enjoyed ourselves and the history behind it was interesting. The people doing the tour were fun and knowledgeable.

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Shawnee, Kansas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

Go on line before you visit as it is only open a few months of the year. It was a beautiful day when we visited, but if it was too warm it could be less than pleasant. It is not at all handicap accessible. Not even good railings. Poor restroom facilities. It is interesting, but our group was very large... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

We had hoped to tour the Wrigley Mansion in Phoenix, but the day we planned to go there a private tour was being held. Looking for something else to visit, we found Mystery Castle, and ended up making the drive out there. It's an odd building with a strange but very interesting history. Be aware that it's a little bit... More 

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