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Address: 750 Hearst Castle Road, San Simeon, CA 93452
Phone Number: (800) 444-4445
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Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: It took 28 years to complete William Randolph Hearst's lavish estate...
It took 28 years to complete William Randolph Hearst's lavish estate, which includes 165 rooms on 125 acres.
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A true treasure to see, if traveling through "must" stop for the experience

Have been to Hearst Castle several times, and have taken tours 1,2, & 3, only tour that have not taken is 4. Have even done the Friday night, and holiday evening tours, and was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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San Jose, California
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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Have been to Hearst Castle several times, and have taken tours 1,2, & 3, only tour that have not taken is 4. Have even done the Friday night, and holiday evening tours, and was not disappointed by any of them. Unbelievable that one person could purchase and collect as much as Hearst did. The Castle is something to see, however... More 

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Winnipeg, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

The castle offers a few different tours. We took two of them, the grand rooms and bedrooms. The tour offers spectacular architecture and beauty while giving you an inside look at old Hollywood. Unlike a lot of castles I've VISITED THIS ONE HAD ALOT OF THE ORIGINAL FURNITURE AND FURNISHINGS MAKING THE VISIT MORE SURREAL.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

This is a pricey attraction, It's 25$ for anybody over 12, and 12$ for kids between 5-12 years. And it's just in the sweet spot for a day trip from LA/SF, so chances are you'll stay atleast one night in a motel in San Simeon. All these can add up pretty quick for a family, but I think it's worth... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

The Hearst Castle represents the Gatsby era where everything was overdone! It was amazing to see and hear the stories of "life" and the parties that were held here. My favorite parts included the views outside and the pools, especially the one outside. If you're in the area, it is definitely worth taking a day trip to see and experience.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

If you are in the area this is an absolute must visit! The scale is huge in every way and to me it was jaw dropping. The bus ride from the visitor centre is a trip in itself. Book the tours early as the popular times do sell out quickly. Having said that we managed to book a 9.20am tour... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Hearst Castle was an interesting place to visit, though the guided tour wasn't especially exciting. It's worth the large admission price to be able to walk around the grounds once your guided tour is over. The views are great. Make sure to buy your tickets online a day or two ahead of time to ensure you get the time slot... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

The building and grounds themselves are spectacular, however the way the tours are run and the grounds managed (and how you're charged) takes away from it all. The ~$90 (family of four) grand room tour was 45 minutes, about 40-50 people (many uninterested in the guide) with questionable anecdotes and only 4 rooms (out of 165!). If you want to... More 

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West Midlands, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Hearst Castle is a very interesting place to visit . If you have time do both downstairs and upstairs of the property. We had an excellent guide and the history of the building of the castle is fascinating.

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Cerritos, California, Usa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Would have liked a longer tour. Our guide Michael was entertaining and informative on the Grand Rooms tour. Scaffolding all around the outside of the main building and the Neptune Pool empty and fenced off.

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Monterey, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

If you know what you're looking at, the collection is jaw dropping. It was clear some folks were bored because appreciation of old art is not their forte. The operation ran quite smoothly. Book online early.Times get taken up quickly, as many people from LA visit on weekends. It is quite cold in April. Dress accordingly. We loved the Grand... More 

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