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Mystery Castle

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800 E Mineral Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85042-8341
+1 602-268-1581
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Eclectic home

I really enjoyed the tour of the home by the daughter before she passed away. Well worth the visit... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Deborah P
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Phoenix, Arizona
Very unique and interesting

I don't know why they call it the Mystery castle, but it still is a very cool place. The history... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Terry A
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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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  • Average16%
  • Poor3%
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800 E Mineral Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85042-8341
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I really enjoyed the tour of the home by the daughter before she passed away. Well worth the visit for a place to get a touch of the unusual!

1  Thank Deborah P
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I don't know why they call it the Mystery castle, but it still is a very cool place. The history behind the house is amazing. The guy built this from recycled materials going back almost 100 years. They have tour guides that are very good...More

1  Thank Terry A
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Reviewed June 5, 2018

We visited this and really enjoyed it ! Not only the story that goes along with it, but the uniqueness and the imagination the builder had when building this for his daughter ! He used everything possible using mostly recycled materials .... quite a mind...More

2  Thank buckoandme
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Reviewed June 3, 2018

The place is really neat with a lot of good ideas for design. The guide was very informative but putting some humor into the tour would make it so much better. It’s 10$ cash to get in so stop at the atm on the way.

1  Thank _robertmcclung
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Reviewed May 7, 2018 via mobile

It's not even that good of a story. It's definitely very goofy and the tour took too long. Instead of 10 people our tour guide made us wait and accumulated too many people, we were around 30!!!!! Very not cool.

1  Thank A N
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Reviewed April 20, 2018

What a castle! It is quirky, interesting and fun to visit. Something different as sightseeing goes. Give it a chance.

1  Thank NancyandMo
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Reviewed April 17, 2018

This eclectic home is quite interesting, as is the story behind it and the man who built it. The castle is open Thurs-Sunday and $10 cash. So full of stuff that you need to look twice, high & low to take it all in. Our...More

2  Thank Susan P
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Reviewed April 12, 2018

The building itself is fantastic! We went here to fulfill one of my son's Cub Scout requirements. The tour guides were very nice. The one we had was very loud (overly loud). The house was also full of knick knacks. Took away from the beauty...More

1  Thank beaujolias3
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Reviewed April 8, 2018

A group of about went for the tour. It was $10 each and I thought it was a little pricey for what you got. There were several areas you could not see & the gift shop was more like a small resell-it shop. I guess...More

Thank Janet W
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Reviewed April 1, 2018

This castle has a very interesting story behind it and one you need to hear before visiting the castle. The man put his whole life into building this for his daughter and made sure it wouldn't wash away. It is an easy walk to get...More

1  Thank spunkysam
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Should be open now, from their website: HOLIDAY SCHEDULE - We will be closed Thursday, November 23 for Thanksgiving. We will resume normal tour days and hours on Friday, November 24. We will be open December 24 and... More
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