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It took 28 years to complete William Randolph Hearst's lavish estate, which includes 165 rooms on 125 acres.
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
750 Hearst Castle Road, San Simeon, CA 93452-9740
+1 800-444-4445
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Reviewed 2 days ago

From the Pacific Coast Highway turn onto Hearst Castle Road at the sign. You can already see the home high up on the cliff. There are several tours here not all offered all the time so its best to check ahead to see which tour...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank jfarlam
Reviewed 2 days ago

There is so much beauty to this castle from the gold leaf inlaid pools (inside I might add) to the outside pools, statues, pink jade statue, rooms so ornate that any designer would die to have a looksee let alone be the one who had...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank 925darleent
Reviewed 3 days ago

I have been on every tour available and each one is more fabulous than the next. My favorite is the Holiday Twilight Tour. Christmas decorations are amazing. The whole castle lit up is gorgeous. Would highly recommend and I have many times.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank mscorinns
Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the Grand Rooms tour. Found it to be fascinating. Afterwards, spent some time visiting the gardens. Also enjoyed the movie at the visitors center.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank EdfromTampa
Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent a full day on Veterans Day 2018 at Hearst Castle. The crowds were surprisingly minimal for a holiday (especially considering it was one of the few places in the state with fresh air during a terrible wildfire period.) For visitors really wanting a...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank L-Spi
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Make a reservation ahead of time. Parking was limited. We drove around the lots several times before we found a spot. We did the Grand Rooms Tour, which included the Neptune Pool and the indoor pool. The rooms and pools are fabulous. Our guide was...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank jillba10
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As one who has visited Hearst Castle numerous times over many years, the Christmas Evening Tour was a special, not to be missed event. It's fun to see the castle all lit up and in our case enveloped in a cloud. The castle was decked...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Sally G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a place to visit, fabulous art, outstanding vision and great history combine to make this one of the most memorable places we have seen. We visited in the rain and fog but the weather just added to the atmosphere and it was easy to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Seaside792969
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did the Holiday light tour the first day and it was held at 5:00pm. It’s a wonderful tour and nice to see the castle at night. The next day we did the Upstairs Suites Tour which was just as nice. Totally amazing what has...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank ne1travel
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was our second visit to Hearst Castle. We did the upper bedrooms tour this time. The furnishing/antiques are amazing at this house. Every room has something. The ceilings are beautiful, shipped in from other countries. The view from Mr. Hearst’s bedroom is beautiful. You...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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December 10, 2018|
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Response from Zzardvark | Reviewed this property |
Part of this depends on how interested you are and how much time you have to spend. If you want to get a basic overview during the day, do the grand rooms tour. It will show you the big wow rooms and all the important... More
November 20, 2018|
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Response from juschippers | Reviewed this property |
Most scenic route would be to go North along Hwy 101.
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October 29, 2018|
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Response from daniellebK4003AC | Reviewed this property |
I would reccomdation it just for the experience it's amazing ..