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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 #52 of 224 things to do 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
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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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Denver, Colorado
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46 reviews 46 reviews
15 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

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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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

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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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

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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Phoenix, Arizona
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25 reviews 25 reviews
19 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

we haven't been there in years, but remember it well. It was a very interesting bit of abstract/non-pro forma architecture

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Cygnet, Ohio
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

This is charming home that has to be seen to be believed or really understood. It is one man's dream of building a fairy tail home for a daughter he left behind. I have seen the words eccentric & unique used to describe it, and they are both accurate. He was an ingenious repurposer of items found and left behind.... More 

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St. Louis, MO
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83 reviews 83 reviews
5 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

As many reviewers have mentioned this is a truly unique building - really buildings. It is very interesting to see how Gulley used bits and pieces from everywhere to construct the castle. As interesting are the furnishings which are preserved exactly as they were when Mary Lou died in 2010. The way the tours are conducted was both good and... More 

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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

If you enjoy history about eccentric individuals and houses, this tour is for you. The tour guide(s) we had gave an excellent accounting of Boyce Luther Gulley’s life and his legacy. Mystery Castle is an interesting house built by Gulley and it seems as though he used whatever was on hand or materials he could obtain at no cost. He... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

This is one of the most unique attractions in the valley. It is "re-purposing" at it's best!! The view of the valley from the castle is gorgeous. Interesting to see how the builder used everyday items to build his "castle". For lunch go to The Farm at South Mountain which is on 32nd Street north of Baseline and very close... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

I had hoped to visit Mystery Castle many years before I finally made the decision to go. Of course the fact that it is not open all year round made scheduling a challenge. The decision having been made I drove to see this creepy yet interesting building at the base of a mountain. Most of Phoenix is flat so you... More 

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