Castle Tours

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.

                                                                                                                                             

Tour Times 

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

July/August                                    CLOSED

September – December                8:30 AM & 11:00 AM                         Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays

 

Booking Your Tickets

The historic Tovrea Castle at Carraro Heights was opened for public tours by Tovrea Carraro Society on March 10, 2012.

Tours are approximately 2 hours and include the historic Castle’s main floor and basement, extensive grounds and cactus gardens 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 within 72 hours of your selected tour date; exchanges not available.  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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For groups larger than 13, contact us at
(602) 267-3848 or email us



Tour Prices

 Adults                                               $15.00

Senior (55+)/Military/Student            $13.00

Children (2 – 12)                              $10.00

Children Under 2                                Free

 

Group Tours

Group tours are currently not available.

 

Cancellation Policy

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

Map available here

 

Pre-Tour Pointers

Castle tours are approximately two hours long.  Please consider the following when planning your tour:


Frequently Asked Questions

What will I see on the tour?

Will I be able to go to the top of the Castle?

What should I wear or bring on the tour? 

Can I bring my pet?

Is the Castle wheelchair accessible?

Can I have my wedding in the Castle?

May I walk around the grounds without going on a tour?

May I rent the property for an event?

Is there a waiting list for cancellations?

 

What will I see on the tour?

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.

 

Will I be able to go to the top of the Castle?

No, tours are limited to the first floor and basement.

 

What should I wear or bring on the tour?

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.

 

Can I bring my pet?

Service animals are the only pets allowed on the grounds.

 

Is the Castle wheelchair accessible?

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.

 

Can I have my wedding in the Castle?

The Castle is not currently available for events.

 

May I walk around the grounds without going on a tour?

Guided tours are currently the only service provided at this time.

 

May I rent the property for an event?

The Castle is not currently available for events. There are plans to host events in the future.

 

Is there a waiting list for cancellations?

There is no waiting list for cancellations. Keep checking the web site for dates and times that may open due to cancellations.