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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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naomimc
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

I had company in from out of town and wanted something simple and hopefully temperature controlled for a short outing. To say I blew it big time with this visit is the understatement of the century. It was 105 outside and just as hot inside this attraction with NO ATTEMPT to mitigate any of the blistering heat for its visitors.... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 via mobile

This place was listed on a few "Top Things to do in Phoenix" so we made the trek out to see it. The house might be interesting, but you wouldn't know it for the junk piled on every surface. It looks like the crappiest goodwill you've ever been in exploded and the left-overs fill the house. Don't waste your time... More 

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Casa Grande, Arizona
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25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

This was a good surprise, it was not what I expected. It is worth seeing and I will add it to my list for my company to see. First of all it is right here, not 3 hours out of town. The price of admission is $10.00 per adult. The sad news is they are only open Oct. thru May,... More 

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Loganville, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 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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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 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
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 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
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 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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Additional Information about Mystery Castle

Address: Address: 800 East Mineral Road, Phoenix, AZ 85040
Phone Number: 602-268-1581
Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Central Arizona  >  Phoenix>  > South Mountain
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

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