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Hearst Castle

Address: 750 Hearst Castle Road, San Simeon, CA 93452
Phone Number: (800) 444-4445
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Ranked #3 of 12 Attractions in San Simeon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: It took 28 years to complete William Randolph Hearst's lavish estate...
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Type: Castles, Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Owner description: It took 28 years to complete William Randolph Hearst's lavish estate, which includes 165 rooms on 125 acres.
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Sherwood Park
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015 NEW

This is really a human story about passion, and the result of that is available to see and walk around. Each tour varies - ask lots of questions to get more detail. Worthwhile

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015 NEW

Yes, there is an entrance cost, but we really enjoyed the tour. It's an amazing collection and structure, shows what serious cash can buy. Look out for the main dining room, it was the room that inspired the theme at Hogwarts !

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Grande Prairie, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

I had heard lots about Hearst castle but had no preconceived notion of what the castle was about. It sits high up on a hill on land that William hurst grew to love as a boy. The castle is now rn by the California parks department. The site is a collection of buildings and outdoor pools, tennis courts etc. Don't... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

On a road trip around Northern California, my buddy and I took a day to go visit Hearst. We really enjoyed the time. The trip up the mountain was like many 'museum houses' but this one was extraordinary. We really enjoyed the tour, freedom to wonder, and stories being told. Even more, we LOVED the little village of Cambria down... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

We recommend the "great rooms" and "designing the dream" tours. The guides were friendly and excellent, and had a wealth of knowledge. The ticketing person was very helpful in scheduling two tours for us with a movie in-between and time for lunch without wasting too much time. Hearst Castle was even more interesting than we expected, and we left wanting... More 

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

As it was our first visit, we decided to take the grand rooms tour which is recommended for new guests. It was better than any other day (we were told) as there were a few of us in the group so it made things more comfortable. i went today (jan 27 at 2 pm) which seems to be low season,... More 

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Wenatchee WA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

On driving down the coast to the Hearst Castle, we found ourselves gawking at the beautiful rolling green hills and the blue Pacific Ocean. We could see the Hearst Castle up on the hillside at a distance. We had made reservations online, and the process to pick up the tickets was very easy. There were quiet a few people there,... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Anytime you go up to the Castle, you will be awed and in wonder. A truly beautiful and learning experience for all, no matter how old you are.

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Upland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

This time we took the upstairs tour and our guide was a wealth of information. The place is so completely amazing, as was Hearst himself. Give yourself plenty of time there to explore the grounds, the exhibit at the visitor center and the IMAX movie. If possible, take more than one tour of the castle -- we have done all... More 

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Santa Clarita, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Went on the cotteges and kitchen tour. Lots of fund stuff to see. Make sure you explore around the grounds a bit on your own before you take the suttle bus back.

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