Tovrea Castle at Carraro Heights


Opened to the public in 2012, Tovrea Carraro Society invites you to tour the Castle and Cactus Gardens with our devoted team of volunteers. All tours are Docent-led, with Guests exploring the Cactus Gardens and Outbuildings by tram before arriving at the Castle Main Floor and Basement. The site is not available to explore without being on a tour. All tours are a ‘go’ whether rain or shine, heat or cold.


5025 E Van Buren St
Phoenix, Arizona 85008

The Visitor Center, starting point for all tours, garden days and events
5025 East Van Buren Street
Phoenix, AZ 85008

From Arizona State Route 202 (Loop 202/Red Mountain Freeway) in Phoenix, Exit 4 (Van Buren/52nd St), turning west off the Freeway.

From Van Buren St, the Visitor Center is west of the Loop 202 on the south side of Van Buren St; just east of the Main Post Office.

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  • Tours sell out months in advance, with few to no cancellations; walk-up ticket availability is very rare. The property is not available to Visitors except by tour and may not be seen without a guide.
  • Due to occupancy limits and the historic nature of the site, tour size is limited and tours must be booked in advance.
  • Regular Tours are held on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays; Group Tours on Thursdays and Special Events on Wednesdays. The Castle and Grounds are ‘dark’ on Mondays and Tuesdays for maintenance, repairs and ongoing upkeep.


The Castle and Grounds are Open September through Mid June; Closed Late June through Labor Day. You MUST have a pre-purchased ticket to enjoy this site. Mondays, Tuesdays: Closed/Dark for regular maintence and repairs All Tours & Events by Reservation ONLY Wednesdays: Special Events Thursdays: Group Tours Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays: Regular Tours