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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 #36 of 89 Attractions in Phoenix
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Mysterious Sites, Sights & 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, Sights & 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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Northfield, Minnesota
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

My wife found this gem of a tour on our visit to Tempe. The price was fair and the guides were great. Juan Carlos was simply amazing with is historical journey of Boyce Gully and a great orator. The structure is amazing and the story fascinating to say the least. Worth the time and $$$.

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Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
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35 reviews 35 reviews
18 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

If you like unusual sights, this place is for you. The Castle was put together piece by piece, using whatever materials the builder had on hand or could find. The longer you stand in an area, the more things you find stuck in a wall, or in the ceiling or floor. There is no pattern or design, just whimsy. The... More 

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Chicago
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Wasn't sure what to expect but the Mystery Castle is unlike ANYTHING we have ever seen. Loved the stories told by the tour guides and was awed by how this place was built. Even our teens enjoyed it.

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temple city
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

The cost to visit adult is $10 children is $5 and cash only. The tour guides are very friendly and knowledgeable about the place, the owners, and the history of the castle. It look like a recycle material castle can not imagine how this owner built such a castle very creative and think about every detail. After the tour still... More 

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Gilbert, Arizona
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

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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dtw
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
79 helpful votes 79 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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98 reviews 98 reviews
22 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 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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44 reviews 44 reviews
24 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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104 reviews 104 reviews
34 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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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