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“Visit Tovrea Castle in Phoenix” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Tovrea Castle at Carraro Heights

Tovrea Castle at Carraro Heights
Ranked #86 of 225 things to do in Phoenix
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glendale, az
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17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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“Visit Tovrea Castle in Phoenix”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

The Wedding Cake House on the Hill always captured my attention. I have lived in Arizona for almost 30 years, and always wondered about it. A little research told me (thanks, Wikipedia!): that it was originally intended as a centerpiece for a resort and later a private residence, and is now part of the Phoenix parks system and is designated as one of the Phoenix Points of Pride. Although the castle had long been recognized as a city landmark, the deteriorated state of the grounds and the building left it unsuitable for use as a city park. After finalizing the purchase of surrounding properties, the city of Phoenix began an effort to restore the building and revitalize the gardens.

Stop by and tour the grounds if you can. There is a magnif9icent cactus garden.

Visited September 2012
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Surprise, Arizona
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“A Fun Thing To Do”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2012

This castle has only been open to the public since Jan. '12 so my husband and I have always been curious as to what it was. We always called it the Wedding Cake castle near the PHX airport. They only have two tours per day, Friday - Sunday and only allow 15 people per tour. It took us five months to get our tickets, so you really need to plan ahead.

The first hour you will remain in a golf cart as you tour the property. The docents are all great and love giving you the rich history of the castle. The second hour is spent in the actual castle. The castle has a wonderful view of the valley from its many windows. Since 1/2 of the tour is in a golf cart it would be smart to take this tour when it isn't real hot. October was perfect.

Visited October 2012
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