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Mystery Castle

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Neighborhood: South Mountain
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Address: 800 E Mineral Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85042-8341
Phone Number: 602-268-1581
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Thu - Sun 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Built by a father to realize his daughter's dream, this three-story castle,...

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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We took a tour which was very informative. A great place with lots of different things to see and a neat history behind it.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Barb H
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We took a tour which was very informative. A great place with lots of different things to see and a neat history behind it.

Thank Barb H
Scottsdale, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

This unique building would have been a great little attraction had it been free as others have mentioned. The out of the way location was a bit of a drive from Old Town Scottsdale and the drive up was a bit intimidating with the barbed wire on the gate. Once there, the building had a lot of unique features and... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Really a nice way to spend the day if it's not too hot. Really interesting with a bit of history. Highly recommended.

1 Thank Anthony W
Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016

Needless to say I love all castles and this was one of the most unusual castles I have ever been to. The history and story behind the castle are as interesting as the castle itself. It is nothing like anything I had ever seen before. Unique experience.

1 Thank adawn714
Celina, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2016

Drove 45 minutes from Scottsdale AZ to see this place (on a 5,000 mile West trip loop). Web site said Thurs - Sunday 11:00 AM to 3:30AM in May. We got there at 12:30. Gate was locked with a hand printed sign saying hours for May were 9:00 AM to noon due to heat. Yes, it was around a 100... More 

1 Thank lbkuhlhorst
Lincoln, NE
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016

I visited the Mystery Castle with my wife and one of my brothers on a pleasant Friday afternoon in May – the temperature was in the upper 70s, cooler than usual for the time of year. Driving up to the attraction on a dirt road, we got out of my brother’s vehicle and noticed we’d have to walk over some... More 

2 Thank Paul K
Scranton, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2016

I had no idea what to expect but it was recommended by a hotel worker, so I gave it a shot. I enjoyed it greatly, mostly because I love to make things work out of what I have on hand. This is a very unique experience that I will never see any where else! Not super easy to get around,... More 

1 Thank captainpj13
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016

It's clear from the reviews that this place either is your thing or it isn't. Personally, it's right in my wheel house. If you like shrines to human craziness, this is the place for you. Whether or not you liked "House on the Rock" in Wisconsin, is probably a good indicator, although this is much more "genuine". It was built... More 

1 Thank cirejcon
Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016

My girlfriend and I were looking for something to do for the weekend when she came across this place. I have lived in AZ for 10 years now and never knew about it. This place is very cool with a lot of history. My whole family enjoyed ourselves. The only thing I didn't like was the amount of entry fee.... More 

1 Thank slarocca02
Huntington Beach, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2016

We went into the Mystery Castle not knowing a thing about it, other than the fact that it was listed as a place to see in the hotel list of places of interest. This was such a unique and fun visit. It is affordable and doesn't take too long to do the tour, making it a fun way to spend... More 

1 Thank Laura R

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