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Tovrea Castle at Carraro Heights

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The Castle on the hill by the 202 freeway

There are only limited spots, walkups are not allowed, and tickets sell out months in advance... read more

Reviewed October 14, 2018
Ecossearthur
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Lyon, France
Very Interesting

I was invited to tour this gem hiding in plain sight by someone who ordered tickets over six months... read more

Reviewed October 5, 2018
pamgro
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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Tovrea Castle at Carraro Heights is a “Jewel in the Desert” that has intrigued people in the Valley of the Sun for 90 years and is a Phoenix Point of Pride, an Arizona Centennial Legacy Project and on the National Register of Historic Places.
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5025 E Van Buren St, Visitor Center, Phoenix, AZ 85008-7006
Camelback East
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Reviewed October 14, 2018

There are only limited spots, walkups are not allowed, and tickets sell out months in advance, sometimes on the day that the next batch of tickets are released to the public. See their website for more details. After seeing the Tovrea Castle from the freeway...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Ecossearthur
TovreaCarraroSociety, Manager at Tovrea Castle at Carraro Heights, responded to this reviewResponded October 16, 2018

Hi and glad you could visit. Just want to clarify that walk ups are not disallowed, it’s just that we usually have no tickets available. They do sell out quickly.

Reviewed October 5, 2018

I was invited to tour this gem hiding in plain sight by someone who ordered tickets over six months in advance. It was very interesting. They only take 9 - 10 people at a time so that explains why it's so hard to get in....More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank pamgro
TovreaCarraroSociety, Manager at Tovrea Castle at Carraro Heights, responded to this reviewResponded October 6, 2018

So glad you enjoyed your tour. We usually take up to 12 people on each tour, but perhaps your tour had a few folks that were unable to attend. Glad the guests didn't get too close to those cactus - they like to grab a...More

Reviewed October 1, 2018

Get your tickets now. Mark your calendars and show up. This castle is worth keeping! Beautifully restored, and so glad I was able to join my friends and family for a tour of this treasure in the desert. Only wish that there was more historical...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Jean S
Reviewed April 29, 2018

To get tickets you must go to the web sight and put your name on a list in July for the following year. Finally getting to tour the Tovrea Castle was worth the ticket procedure. If you love Az. history and historic homes get on...More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank sharonhoblit
Reviewed April 15, 2018

We saw this castle up on the hill and just had to find out what it was all about. Upon entering the parking lot off of East Van Buren Street, we noticed that it had two handicap van spots up front by the box office,...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Califanna348
TovreaCarraroSociety, President at Tovrea Castle at Carraro Heights, responded to this reviewResponded April 17, 2018

Hi, Califanna348. Just wanted to thank you for stopping by and update some of the information on accessibility. I am sorry that you were misled and will speak to our personnel on the information that they imparted to you. Tovrea Castle at Carraro Heights and...More

Reviewed March 17, 2018

The tour was very interesting and the docents seemed very knowledgeable. I was disappointed that we were not able to tour the second and third floors nor view the property from the cupola. However, the first floor and lower level were beautiful! The tour lasted...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank l c
Reviewed January 22, 2018

Tovrea Castle was restored and opened for tours in 2012. It is a beautiful fragile bit of Arizona History. Tour tickets are limited. For the best chance of getting a ticket, you must purchase them as soon as they are released for sale. Most tours...More

Date of experience: January 2018
5  Thank Piper-AZ
Reviewed November 12, 2017

Because this place is run by volunteers, getting ahold of tour tickets requires quite a long wait. We had to purchase tickets 11 months ago. Tickets for 2018 tours go on sale on Dec 11th, so make up your mind fast if you want to...More

Date of experience: November 2017
2  Thank DesertCreatures
TovreaCarraroSociety, Owner at Tovrea Castle at Carraro Heights, responded to this reviewResponded November 14, 2017

Thank you for your review, DesertCreatures. Just a couple of info updates: The tours are limited in size and frequency due to strict occupancy limits to preserve the nearly 100 year old Castle and upper floors are not toured due to accessibility requirements, NOT due...More

Reviewed November 8, 2017

After seeing the Tovrea Castle from the freeway for 30 years, it was great to finally see the grounds and the inside. The docents have an interesting story to tell. Only the basement and the first floor of the inside of the castle are included...More

Date of experience: October 2017
2  Thank Fred3nPhx
TovreaCarraroSociety, Owner at Tovrea Castle at Carraro Heights, responded to this reviewResponded November 10, 2017

Thanks for coming out Fred3nPhx.

Reviewed October 18, 2017

I booked tickets for our October tour in December - 9 month before the tour. I expected more from the tour. The docent was good. But, there was no furniture in the castle, no opportunity to walk through the gardens, the basement had exhibits in...More

Date of experience: October 2017
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Tiffany O
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Response from DustyBuck | Reviewed this property |
You could take a picture from the parking lot but you can't get close to the castle without a ticket.
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Response from Piper-AZ | Reviewed this property |
"The Carraro Story" that was just posted is beautifully written. The only thing I'd add is that there is a very interesting story involving the Carraros and the Tovreas. Tovrea owned the cattle stockyards next door, just... More
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