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Hearst Castle

750 Hearst Castle Road, San Simeon, CA 93452
(800) 444-4445
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3-Day California Coast Tour: San Francisco to Los...
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Ranked #3 of 12 Attractions in San Simeon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues, Cultural
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, Cultural
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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61 reviews 61 reviews
19 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

Visited the castle( house) when we were driving through to Sanfransico . It really is a truly wonderful place to visit,with excellent tour guides. We found the house was similar to visiting something through the National Trust in the UK. There is so much to see that words would not do it justice. Visit if you can it is really... More 

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Los Angeles, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

Hearst castle is an amazing sight to see, but to see it all would cost a pretty penny. The castle is sectioned off into 5 or so different tours, all of which require a different ticket. We opted for the tour of the upstairs bedrooms... it was interesting to see. The best part was the library. I would recommend doing... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

Must see... Just purchase your tickets in advance on line so that you can see the tour you want. Busy place in the summer, and during holidays.

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Rockville, MD
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

I was really looking forward to seeing Hearst Castle and even planned our California trip around it, so it is a shame that I have to agree with Bossea's review below that the Hearst Castle tour is disappointing and overpriced. My husband and I took a 10 a.m. Grand Rooms Tour (ground floor). From the description on the website we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

I was just amazed!! Mind blowing at how they thought let's build this Castle up here on this mountain it looks tiny from below. We just took the grand tour $26 was worth it. Another thing be on time for your tour.

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Kingman, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

A bit high priced for a tour of the lower floors only. But, it is an amazing place. Every room a work of art, filled with works of art. The gardens are lovely, many nude statues, a gold statue overlooking valley below, pools, tennis courts, "small" [over 4000 sq feet] cottages. Visit: http://hearstcastle.org/ For photo gallery, tour pricing, more info.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

Perhaps we bought the wrong tour...the big room tour consisted of 45 minutes or so of 5 rooms on ground floor, very limited. The home is in failing condition as the CA tourism folks own it so my bet taking the cash and using for state government. Very dark inside and you only see 5 rooms for $25 a piece.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

No one told us we'd be climbing the same staircase four times when we did all four tours in one day. No one mentioned the lack of restrooms or drinking water either. But the castle and the tour guides made up fir the lack of necessaries. We loved the eclectic style of Mr. Hearst. I give this four stars because... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

They have divided the site into 5 tours. To do all you would need around $25 for each and the time. I toured the great room and upstairs. The architecture and decor were fascinating. There were many interesting objects and collectibles. The tour leaders gave interesting information about the family, news of the day and important guests. After you were... More 

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northern california
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

we did the great room tour and its a 40 min tour(cost 25.00pp) and then you can tour the grounds at your leisure. Wm R Hearst was a person that spent money like it grew on trees. Many european architectual features dating back more than 500 years. Its a grand property with many oddities. would go back again even after... More 

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