Tovrea Castle and Carraro Cactus Garden – Phoenix, Arizona

Tovrea Castle Phoenix.jpegTovrea Castle and Carraro Cactus Garden – Phoenix, Arizona

Tickets available at their site online or at any of the community centers in Phoenix.  This is for the Cactus Garden only.  Great News!!  The Castle is open for tours on weekends!

Situated in Phoenix is the Tovrea Castle which was built to resemble a wedding cake by Alessio Carraro.  He had the idea to build it as the hotel for a development he wanted to do in the area in 1928.  He bought 277 acres of land, hired a Russian gardener names Moktachev to develop the gardens while the castle was built and was off on his dream.  The problem was that he lost interest when adjoining property owners began construction sheep and cattle pens to supply a nearby meat packing plant which was owned by the Tovrea family.  Carraro sold the castle and surrounding land to Della Tovrea in 1931.  The castle became home to her with her second husband, William Stuart, the publisher of the Prescott Courier and collector of Internal Revenue for Arizona.  They split their time between their home in Phoenix and the castle.  Following the death of Mr. Stuart in 1960 Della moved to the castle permanently until she died in 1969.

The castle and gardens fell into disrepair over the years until the city of Phoenix purchased the property and began restoration.  The cactus gardens are now completely restored and garden tours are available.  The Castle should be ready for tours in December of 2008 following extensive refurbishing.

Since The Tovrea Carraro Society currently operates entirely on community volunteers, the tour schedule is currently limited to just weekends.  Once we’re able to increase our volunteer base and financial contributions, we will begin to increase the number of tours offered each week.

Castle Tour Times and Pricing

Pricing:                                                                                        Tour Days                              Tour Times

Adults:                                              $15.00                              Saturday & Sunday                    AM: 9:00-11:00

Senior (55+)/Military/Student            $13.00                                                                                PM: 12:30-2:30

Children (12 & under):                     $10.00 (children under 2 years are free)

Location: 5041 E Van Buren St., Phoenix, Arizona
Coming from the North, South or West: take the 202 eastbound and get off at the 52nd St./Van Buren exit.  Turn right (west) unto Van Buren, then turn left (south) at the driveway of the Castle.  From the East take 202 westbound, exit at 52nd St., turn left (west) at Van Buren and left (south) at the drive to the Castle.  Enter via Van Buren Street Only.

Phone: 602-256-3220

Comments

  1. Jayne Parker says:

    I was looking for things to do here in AZ and saw this websight. But where is the cost to tour the Tobrea Castle and Gardens?

  2. Thank you for asking. The tour prices and dates for 2008-2009 were just announced. I am giving them to you now.
    The cost for the tour is $15 per person, the same price for all people young and old. Up to 6 people can register on one ID.
    The schedule is:

    09-17-2008 4:21PM

    Carraro Cactus Garden Tour at Tovrea Castle Sat 09-27-2008 – 09-27-2008
    8:00AM – 9:30AM

    Carraro Cactus Garden Tour at Tovrea Castle Sat 09-27-2008 – 09-27-2008
    10:00AM – 11:30AM

    Carraro Cactus Garden Tour at Tovrea Castle Sat 09-27-2008 – 09-27-2008
    8:00AM – 9:30AM

    Tovrea Castle & Carraro Cactus Garden
    Carraro Cactus Garden Tour at Tovrea Castle Sat 09-27-2008 – 09-27-2008
    10:00AM – 11:30AM

    Carraro Cactus Garden Tour at Tovrea Castle Sat 10-11-2008 – 10-11-2008
    8:00AM – 9:30AM

    Carraro Cactus Garden Tour at Tovrea Castle Sat 10-11-2008 – 10-11-2008
    10:00AM – 11:30AM

    Carraro Cactus Garden Tour at Tovrea Castle Sat 10-25-2008 – 10-25-2008
    8:00AM – 9:30AM

    Carraro Cactus Garden Tour at Tovrea Castle Sat 10-25-2008 – 10-25-2008
    10:00AM – 11:30AM

    Carraro Cactus Garden Tour at Tovrea Castle Sat 11-08-2008 – 11-08-2008
    8:00AM – 9:30AM

    Carraro Cactus Garden Tour at Tovrea Castle Sat 11-08-2008 – 11-08-2008
    10:00AM – 11:30AM

    Carraro Cactus Garden Tour at Tovrea Castle Sat 11-22-2008 – 11-22-2008
    8:00AM – 9:30AM

    Carraro Cactus Garden Tour at Tovrea Castle Sat 11-22-2008 – 11-22-2008
    10:00AM – 11:30AM

    Carraro Cactus Garden Tour at Tovrea Castle Sat 12-13-2008 – 12-13-2008
    8:00AM – 9:30AM

    Carraro Cactus Garden Tour at Tovrea Castle Sat 12-27-2008 – 12-27-2008
    8:00AM – 9:30AM

    Carraro Cactus Garden Tour at Tovrea Castle Sat 12-27-2008 – 12-27-2008
    10:00AM – 11:30AM
    For other dates please call 602-256-3222.

    Thank you for contacting http://www.arizonabeautiful.com with your question.

    Pat Watson
    Editor

  3. Bev Kolouch says:

    Hi, Pat: Just visited the website for the castle and the cactus gardens and it looks really nice. Is it open for visitors daily?? I notice times for tours above (during 2008), but I’m wondering what the schedule for 2009 is. Thanks so much for any information you can provide.

    Best regards, Bev K

  4. Kris Kennedy says:

    Will be in Phoenix in mid-January (2010) and would like to tour Tovrea.
    Schedule?
    Cost?

    Thank you much.

  5. The castle is not open to the public at the present time. It is scheduled to open in the late fall of 2010. They are scheduled to begin November and run until April. You can visit the Cactus Garden now on a tour and see the castle up close but you won’t be able to go inside.

    The cost of the Cactus Garden tour is $15.00 per person ages 8 to adult. You can register for the cactus Garden tour on line at phoenix.gov/parks and click on Classes and Programs on the left side of the page.

  6. Hi I will be in Phoenix in Feb. 2011. I was wanting to know what the schedule for tours of the castle would be during the month of Feb.

    Thanks.

  7. Whats the phone number to Tovrea Castle and Carraro Cactus Garden – Phoenix, Arizona? Do you allow weddings?

    • Yes, there are ten cent suprs, dollar tri’s and everything you could want. Great time to come and visit.

  8. do you guys allow photo shoots? I want to take engagment pictures in front of a Castle. Would you allow that?

  9. Sandy McCarthy says:

    I’m very sorry to hear that there are currently no tours of the Castle!!!! Any plans to begin tours again?

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