Castle Tours

Tovrea Carraro Society relies entirely on community volunteers to conduct tours of the Castle.  We are always looking for new docents to expand the number of tours given.

Tours must be booked in advance and are sold out months in advance.  Any “walk-in” tour requests will be based on availability, only.

                                                                                                                                             

Tour Times 

January – April Fri/Sat/Sun
8:30 & 11:00 AM
May Fri/Sat/Sun
7:30 & 10:00 AM
June Fri/Sat/Sun
7:30 AM
July/August NO TOURS
September Fri/Sat/Sun
7:30 AM
October – December Fri/Sat/Sun
8:30 & 11:00 AM

 

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 high demand, as well as occupancy limits, tours must be booked in advance.  Tour tickets are sold on a first come, first served 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:



Tour Prices

Adults $15.00
Senior (55+)/Military/Student $13.00
Children (2 – 12) $10.00
Children Under 2   FREE

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Group Tours

Group tours (where you can book an entire tour for 12 guests) are available via our Book Tour Tickets page.

 

Cancellation Policy

Tour payments are nonrefundable within 72 hours of your tour.  You may request a refund for  your tour by calling 1-800-838-3006 at least 72 hours in advance.  We are unable to provide an exchange of your tickets.

 

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.  You will board carts with a docent 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 family that homesteaded the land, 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 Castle. There is also a wheelchair lift  at the Castle 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?

All guests to the Castle and its grounds must be accompanied by a guide on a tour.

 

May I rent the property for an event?

Tovrea Carraro Society is beginning to host events at the Castle on a very limited basis.  You may inquire at info@TovreaCarraroSociety.org

 

Is there a waiting list for cancellations?

There is no waiting list for cancellations. Occasionally cancellations do occur.  Keep checking the web site for dates and times that may become available.  We suggest booking your tour far in advance in order to get the date and time you would like.  Tickets for tours are usually released 9 to 12 months prior to the tour day.  Be advised:  Tours book up very quickly.