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Mystery Castle

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Craziest Castle Ever!

Definitely not a open floor plan! Lots of rooms and nooks and crannies. The builder created an... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Alexandria, Virginia
Quirky Cool but not a Castle

Mystery Castle may not be an actual castle but there is something wonderful about a structure built... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Gary G
Scottsdale, Arizona
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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...more
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800 E Mineral Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85042-8341
South Mountain
+1 602-268-1581
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Reviewed 2 days ago

They have limited hours here, especially in the warmer weather, check to make sure they are open before you go. Beautiful location on the side of South Mountsin, you can see all over the city. I have brought guests here several times and some of...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank cherylamcardle
Reviewed 5 days ago

Definitely not a open floor plan! Lots of rooms and nooks and crannies. The builder created an odd and very interesting building out of materials he found for free throughout the desert. It's fantastic! The decor is junky but original to the daughter of the...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Krkinva
Reviewed 6 days ago

It was a good tour , our Guide explained everything in detail He was very familiar with History of it . I recommend going during the week and earlier the better when there is smaller crowd.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank leo13lac
Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed the tour, the stories, the never-ending eccentricities of the house and the occupants. The directions to get there were sparse, and we only found the place because the street we were on dead-ended near their gate. No real signs. If you have any...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Footprints801785
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Mystery Castle may not be an actual castle but there is something wonderful about a structure built by a non-builder. The floors aren't level, the windows are odd sizes some which come from car parts and the rooms are full folk art. What made this...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Gary G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very interesting and loved the price and the docents. It's only 10 dollars to get in and South Mountain is beautiful.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Connie J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is definitely worth going to see! And well worth the cost of admission. The guides are knowledgeable about the history of the house and family. So many fun stories. There are some great things to see as you go around. Our group was myself,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank somersetsea
Reviewed January 6, 2019

Unusual space and history. Wear sturdy shoes, as the grounds are uneven and need to watch your step.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Wanderer604593
Reviewed January 6, 2019

This was my first night time visit to the Mystery Castle. A group of us came along on the Haunted Scottsdale Ghost Tour led by owner, Amy Currie Schrader. Amy knows the history of the 'castle' and uses several paranormal devices to try and make...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank lookin4ghosts
Reviewed January 4, 2019

Built on the slopes of South Mountain during the Depression and through WWII this home is certainly unique, interesting and odd. It is certainly worth an hour or two to take the tour and explore the property.

Date of experience: January 2019
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February 7, 2019|
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Response from jaybeeFL | Reviewed this property |
Don't believe they are allowed as I saw none when visiting. To be honest though, I did not see any signage prohibiting dogs.
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March 14, 2018|
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Response from Krista H | Reviewed this property |
Cash only