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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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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
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 spaces. You will likely be on a tour with a very large group of people and herded through the spaces. The alternative to this is going on the evening tour where the property is lit up and you have costumed guides pretending to be 1930s guests. I’d go daytime if you really want to see everything and nighttime if you like the fun of feeling like you’re a guest at the house. If you want a more personal experience, take the art tour which is much more expensive but limited to 8 people. It’s like a semi private tour compared to the 50 people that can be on a regular tour. If you want to spend a full day at the property, take a grand rooms tour in the morning, take the bus down to the visitors center or drive somewhere for lunch and do a kitchens and cottage tour in the afternoon. The way Hearst Castle works is that you check in and take a bus up to the mountain from the visitors center. There’s no food up top, so you have to go back down to eat. Just leave enough time to park, wait in line to check in and then go up and down on the bus between tours. The visitors center is quite big but it’s a little mass market and fine to hang out in but not particularly elegant.