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Mystery Castle

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Address: 800 E Mineral Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85042-8341
Phone Number: +1 602-268-1581
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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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neat place

last time in town it was closed. Went and glad we did. Loved the eccentric feel of it all. The tour guide was a nice young man who knew the owner and considered her family so... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Bellevue, Nebraska
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Bellevue, Nebraska
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56 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

last time in town it was closed. Went and glad we did. Loved the eccentric feel of it all. The tour guide was a nice young man who knew the owner and considered her family so I loved that fact. If we could see more rooms (not hers) but the rooms from the kitchen and grounds would be great. only... More 

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Thank monicadj
El Paso, Texas
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Boring; nothing is worth to seeing. Its just a big house, but I can tell the staff working there was trying their best and were working hard to make the tour look as top-notch as possible. I would never return even if the next tour was free of charge.

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Thank alejandrorangel926
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We heard of the mystery castle through people we met at our resort. This was the most interesting place to visit and see just how it was built and to see and hear of all the things that were in it. Over 8,000 sq ft, the most intriguing place, not expensive to tour. Takes about 1 hour 15 minutes to... More 

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Thank Diana T
New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016

We debated whether to visit this spot due to the reviews on other sites (castle's quirkiness). Worth finding if you have the time. There is quite a story to the building of this castle and I just wish that I had been in Phoenix a few years ago to hear it first hand from the builder's daughter. She has since... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016

As you would expect this is an very eclectic place, it costs $10.00 a head to get in. The staff is great and give a good tour and are happy to answer your questions. The view out of the valley is great. The place itself is good on history, but nothing special. It is basically a personal choice if you... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

Mystery Castle has a fascinating history and is made from some of the most unusual materials you will ever see in a home. Mr. Gulley, diagnosed with TB and only 6 months to live, left his family in Seattle and resettled in Phoenix. Mr. Gulley built this "sand castle that would not wash away" for his daughter Mary Lou, who... More 

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Thank Crystal D
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2016

When you drive up you may notice the barbed-wire on the fence around it, mostly due to the area it's located in and to protect the hundreds of valuable antiques inside. Be sure you are able to navigate many uneven surfaces and steps. The story behind the castle and the historic people who stayed here make it very interesting indeed!... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

I enjoyed going here because it is quite unique. It is built with a lot of recycled material. The castle was built for a man's daughter.

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Thank Walt P
Salt Lake City
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6 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016 via mobile

I relied on the hours listed on tripadvisor and drove half an hour from Phoenix. The site is only open from October through May. Doublecheck before you make the drive.

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3 Thank Andriast
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2016

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

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