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Mystery Castle

800 East Mineral Road, Phoenix, AZ 85040 (South Mountain)
602-268-1581
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Ranked #45 of 128 attractions in Phoenix
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Castles, Mysterious Sites
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... more » 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. « less
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Winnipeg
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014 via mobile

With so many worthwhile things to do inPhoenix, don't waste your time here. While the story itself is interesting, you can read it on the internet and don't have to waste your time at this odd, old, rundown place (I wouldn't call it a castle).

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Elgin, Illinois
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

You can see by the Internet this really is a house with "out" buildings and not a Castle, maybe they should rename it. Anyways I thought it was worth seeing and enjoyed our short time there. We brought friends who are very particular and I could feel the tension in the car as we approached the Castle. I'm sure they... More

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Mesa, Arizona
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47 reviews 47 reviews
17 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

This is the second time I have visited, this time taking out-of-town guests. The castle is well worth seeing at least once, but I wish the staff would be a bit more diligent in ensuring you get your money's worth on the tour. When you begin the tour, they tell you the tour goes around in a circle and just... More

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Mesa, Arizona
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014 via mobile

Great quick tour. Good value. Very quirky. It's led by a woman who was a friend of the family and has been doing the tours for over 30 years. They only take cash and it's less than a hour to take the whole tour, worth your time. Great views of downtown phoenix. Would skip in the summer.

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3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

I was looking for something unique to do with my daughter for her birthday and found this place here on TripAdvisor. All the reviews were glowing pretty much and I thought "how cool to go see a Castle for your birthday", and the mention of the $10 a person tour charge seemed okay. Unfortunately it is not worth paying that... More

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Kingston, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

I happen to find this Mystery Castle on line and was intrigued. Well its doesn't disappoint. It is definitely out of the normal tourist attraction but even years after being there we still talk about it. We didn't know what to expect upon arrival and even leaving weren't too sure what we saw but was a great couple hours. The... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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53 reviews 53 reviews
22 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

The mystery castle, located in the foot of the south mountain range is a very interesting attraction well worth a visit if you are in the phoenix area between October and may. Only open thursdays through Sunday's, this eclectic castle was built by a father for his daughter after he mysteriously left Seattle following a diagnosis of TB. The story... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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66 reviews 66 reviews
35 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

If you like something different, odd, and way over the top, this is a must see for you!!! The hours seem to change as do the days, so it is best to try and check. That said, the number sometimes is a recording.... the web indicated it's $5 but it is actually $10.00. They do a tour type format, however,... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 reviews 5 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

The Mystery Castle is one of the strangest things I've ever seen. Don't just walk through, but make a detailed examination of this odd piece of architecture. The history behind the Mystery Castle is interesting. Take your camera. It will be easier to show your friends the pictures than trying to explain it. Kids really like exploring the Mystery Castle.... More

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Bellevue, Nebraska
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3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

Check the open dates. I think it is only open Thursday -Saturday. Looked very cool from road. Easy to find just take 7th street all the way through town.

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