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Address: 750 Hearst Castle Road, San Simeon, CA 93452
Phone Number: 18004444445
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It took 28 years to complete William Randolph Hearst's lavish estate, which...

It took 28 years to complete William Randolph Hearst's lavish estate, which includes 165 rooms on 125 acres.

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Each section of the Castle is a separate tour with a separate fee, so choose carefully based on how much you want to spend and what you want to see. We opted for the Kitchens... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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GRAND RAPIDS
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64 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Each section of the Castle is a separate tour with a separate fee, so choose carefully based on how much you want to spend and what you want to see. We opted for the Kitchens and Cottages tour. That took us in two of three cottages, which are delightful to see. Then we headed into the Castle kitchen and wine... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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11 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

While it was such a folly for Hearst to try to out-do The Romans by putting so many masterful Roman pieces in one place, it is remarkable and beautiful and priceless. It should really be called Morgan's Castle in honor of its skilful, dogged architect, Julia Morgan, who brought Hearst's crazy ideas to fruition. Investigate her story there too!

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19 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I have been visiting California for the last 10 years and I have lived here for almost 2 years, and this was my first trip to Hearst castle. I will start by saying we took tour 1 which is the grand tour priced at $25 per person. The staff is helpful and our tour guide was amazing. You can ask... More 

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The buildings are beautiful; like being in a European city. The art is amazing. We saw more 16th century tapestries in one tour than we would see in several museums in a large European city. Art as old as 2500 years old. The great rooms tour is a must. The other tours are also good; but if you take one... More 

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Napa Valley, California
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203 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

U pick one tour out of many and enjoy the day. Best to book ahead because they will sell out and seems like year around is busy. It's a must for everyone driving highway 1 and give yourself enough time there is lots to see

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Pasadena, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Beautiful views of the ocean from the top. Tour excellent for ages 12 and up; younger children will be bored and will only like seeing the roaming zebras and the antelope. Outdoor pool is being restored until 2017 due to a leak and has been drained, so the grounds look less spectacular. Indoor pool still has water in it. We... More 

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This place is a must. Unbelievable is the best word I can come up with. Take all three tours. This place is beautiful. The art is gorgeous. The story behind the plantation (my word) is worth it alone. Go, you won't regret it.

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Manalapan, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We travelled to this area to see Hearst Castle and we were not disappointed. My husband and I had been there many years ago but did the Grand Room tour since our friends had never been there. We both enjoyed the tour a lot and wondered if we had taken the same tour before. Our guide was so knowable. He... More 

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Thank marcie C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Wow...how does one start...if your are into early Hollywood and palaces it should be on your list. Fascinating look into the world of the rich and famous. Mr Hearst and His companion, Marion Davies, entertained celebrities from all walks of 30s and 40s lives. The Grand rooms are good, but do the Upstairs Suites and get a view into his... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

we only did one tour which was really informative but wish we had had time to do more. The grounds are great to wander around it, would recommend to anyone wanting to see a bit of recent American history

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