The Tovrea Carraro Society relies entirely on community volunteers to conduct tours of the Castle. As the Society grows, additional tour dates will be scheduled.
Due to occupancy limits, tours are limited to 14 people and therefore must be booked in advance. Any “walk-in” tour requests will be based on availability only.
January – April 8:30 AM & 11:00 AM Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
May 7:30 AM & 10:00 AM Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
June 7:30 AM Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
September 7:30 AM Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
October 7:30 AM & 10:30 AM Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
November – December 8:30 AM & 11:30 AM Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
Booking Your Tickets
The historic Tovrea Castle at Carraro Heights opened for public tours on March 10, 2012.
We are now selling tickets for tours in the first quarter of 2014. Tours are approximately 2 hours and include the historic Castle’s main floor and basement, extensive grounds and cactus garden surrounding the Castle.
Guests are greeted by Tovrea Carraro Society volunteers at the Visitor Center and taken through the Carraro Cactus Gardens on a tram with a docent. The tour winds through the beautiful 44 acres, viewing the outer buildings, before arriving at Tovrea Castle.
The tour is ADA accessible; please let us know that you are bringing a wheelchair or walker. We cannot accommodate scooters. Other Special arrangements should be arranged at least 2 weeks prior to your tour date and time.
Please be aware that there are no tour refunds or exchanges within 72 hours of your selected tour date. There is no waiting list for cancellations.
Due to occupancy limits, tours must be booked in advance. Tour tickets are sold on a first come first serve basis. You can purchase a tour ticket by calling 1-800-838-3006 and speaking to an agent.
You can also book your tickets online.
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Senior (55+)/Military/Student $13.00
Children (2 – 12) $10.00
Children Under 2 Free
Group tours are currently not available.
Tour payments are nonrefundable. You may reschedule your tour by calling 1-800-838-3006 at least 72 hours in advance.
Tovrea Castle at Carraro Heights Visitor Center
All Castle tours will begin at the Visitor Center located at:
5025 E. Van Buren
Phoenix, AZ 85008
Castle tours are approximately two hours long. Please consider the following when planning your tour:
- Arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your reserved tour time.
- Bring water for your tour. Please ensure all containers are capped.
- Photography allowed. Flash photography is not be permitted inside the Castle.
- Strollers are not permitted inside the Castle.
Frequently Asked Questions
The tour will begin in the visitor center with a short video highlighting the history of the Castle. Next, you will board carts and be driven around the property where you will see the unique cactus gardens and outdoor features. The carts will then take you to the Castle where you’ll have an opportunity to go back in time and learn about the man inspired to build the castle and the people that made it their home. The tour will conclude in the visitor center.
No, tours are limited to the first floor and basement.
A portion of the tour is outdoors. Please wear appropriate attire for a desert environment. Closed toe shoes are recommended. Hats, suncreen, sunglasses and water are especially important during our warmer months. Water should be in capped containers.
Service animals are the only pets allowed on the grounds.
Yes. Wheelchair accessible transportation is provided between the Visitor’s Center and the Caslte. There is also an elevator in the Caslte between the basement and the first floor.
The Castle is not currently available for events.
Guided tours are currently the only service provided at this time.
The Castle is not currently available for events. There are plans to host events in the future.
There is no waiting list for cancellations. Keep checking the web site for dates and times that may open due to cancellations.