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Mystery Castle

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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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Fascinating attraction. I believe that there is something interesting, everywhere that you look. Amazing building. You have to see it to believe it. One very strange thing... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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Phoenix, Arizona
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Loganville, Georgia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

The most important thing to know is this is not handicap friendly nor for those unsteady on their feet. Lots of odd, irregular steps. That being said, my husband and I enjoyed the tour as we like the "Life is stranger than fiction" type experiences. If you like oddities than this is a neat place to visit. $10 per adult... More 

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NJ
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Looking for something fun to do some afternoon - then you must go to the mystery castle! the tour is about an hour but you are free to walk around the grounds for as long as you like. Being new to the Phoenix area this was a fun little part of history to see and experience. The story behind the... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Fascinating attraction. I believe that there is something interesting, everywhere that you look. Amazing building. You have to see it to believe it. One very strange thing happened. I held my camera up to take a picture and I saw a trail of light, through the lens. I took the picture and it wasnt there. I held my camera back... More 

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Morris, Illinois
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Found this on a day trip sight and thought it sounded pretty neat. Short drive from Phoenix. The story and the Castle ( 18 rooms and 13 fireplaces ) history are pretty neat. A man lived in NJ and was told he had tuberculosis so he left his wife and 4 year old daughter. In NJ they would go to... More 

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Bangor, Maine
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72 reviews 72 reviews
20 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Just unbelievable what daddy built for his little daughter! The castle is amazing!! It made me want to return home and start creating one myself!! What would make the tour better, though would be a little dusting! Everything is coated and the lace trappings in the chapel are neglected, faded and jaded. Even a regular hosing of the rock constructions... More 

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Ottawa
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

The Mystery Castle made a few “Top Things to do in Phoenix” lists… which makes me think that there’s really not much going on for Phoenix. I don’t recommend at all and think it was a pretty expensive tour ($10 each) for something that was creepy and just felt like an intrusion into a mentally disturbed person’s home.

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Wimborne Minster, United Kingdom
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67 reviews 67 reviews
20 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015 via mobile

Wow so worth seeing and hearing the very interesting story which I won't tell you as it would spoil your experience but if you are close by then go! The family who owned this place were very quirky. A must do if you are in Phoenix

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Dousman, Wisconsin USA
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70 reviews 70 reviews
16 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

If you enjoy history, architecture, folk art or just visiting out-of-the-ordinary sites, I would recommend the Mystery Castle. Just show up during visiting hours and join a tour--you are directed to the next room on the tour rather than having to wait until "the beginning". The cost of $10 per person is a bit high.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

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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47 reviews 47 reviews
17 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
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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