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Mystery Castle

Address: 800 East Mineral Road, Phoenix, AZ 85040 (South Mountain)
Phone Number: 602-268-1581
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Ranked #38 of 94 Attractions in Phoenix
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Mysterious Sites, Landmarks
Owner description: Built by a father to realize his daughter's dream, this three-story castle, completed in 1945, is...
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Type: Castles, Mysterious Sites, Landmarks
Hours:
Thu - Sun 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Gilbert, Arizona
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

Definitely not your average castle. Built primarily from rocks and found and recycled materials this castle was the vision of one man, Boyce Luther Gulley, who built it for his daughter Mary Lou Gulley. The sprawling, three level construction features many different and unusual features and decorations. It even has its own chapel where many marriages were performed. To say... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Hand made rock castle, made by an eccentric builder. The Castle had all kinds of unique windows, and rooms. No original electric or heat or water. It was mysterious and eri, looks like a great place to visit for Halloween. Elderly people who can climb a few stairs will enjoy the visit. There is an upstairs balcony. One tri-level room... More 

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AZ
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177 reviews 177 reviews
120 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Bless her soul, the nice lady that inherited the place from her dad, who built this home, had all sorts of odd crafts that were kinda creepy. Now that she has passed the foundation runs the place. The eccentric man who built the place was the ultimate recycler. Some 'features' of the home are interesting, unique or cool...a lot of... More 

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arizona
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97 reviews 97 reviews
22 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

I have actually toured this castle three times as I often take visitors or even locals who just didn't know about it. I've enjoyed it every time as has everyone I've taken. You could plan on 1 1/2 hours especially if you want to walk around a bit or if you get lucky enough to visit with the gentlemen who... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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42 reviews 42 reviews
23 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

The cost to visit is $10.00 and they take cash only. The whole experience is very laid back. The tour guides are very knowledgeable about the place, the owners, and the history of the castle. Be warned, it's not a castle like you would imagine. Its more of a crazy wild house that someone built for his daughter. Take your... More 

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Georgetown, TX
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101 reviews 101 reviews
34 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Cast was $10 per person, cash only. Very informal tour, led by former employees of the owners. The employees obviously have a deep love and affection for the "castle" and it's former occupants. The tour will take less then an hour, but if there is no one else touring, you can stay and chat with the guides and get lots... More 

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Hawkesbury, Canada
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93 reviews 93 reviews
15 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

We weren't certain about this place but it wasn't too far from the hotel so we decided to try it and didn't regret anything. The tour is very informal but very informative. The attention to detail that was put into building this place and the amount of time it took is just incredible, difficult to believe that a person could... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Not open all year around so We lokked around the area and the castle from adistance after an unusually heavy thunderstorm

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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75 reviews 75 reviews
28 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

What a truly unique place. Built upon such incredible circumstances. I would definitely pay Mystery Castle a visit when you're in Phoenix.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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136 attraction reviews
187 helpful votes 187 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

We were looking for things to do and came across this Mystery Castle and decided to give it a try. They kids thought it was fun to see everything. Worth the visit I guess.

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