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Hearst Castle

750 Hearst Castle Road, San Simeon, CA 93452
805 927 2020
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Ranked #3 of 12 Attractions in San Simeon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Castles, Monuments/ Statues
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: It took 28 years to complete William Randolph Hearst's lavish estate, which includes 165 rooms on 125 acres.
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6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

If you are travelling the California Coast, Hearst Castle is a must see on the way. Located on a beautiful part of the coast, San Simion (recommended overnight stop). We did the main building tour which was a well presented tour, with magnificent viewings of the artworks, and tapestries. The grounds outside are filled with beautiful sculptures and is worth... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

This was a treat to see this historic (by California standards) castle. I found the tour guides to be fantastic. Many of them come from an art history background and were very knowledgable! The views are spectacular if it isn't a foggy day.

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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

This exceeded my expectations on many levels, we booked two tours (general downstairs tour and the bedrooms), I did not realise the film was 40 minutes long and we did not have enough time for it. The guides were very knowledgeable and would answer any questions, there is so much to see and it is really well organised - recommend... More

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Hearst Castle is a must if you enjoy offending yourself by peering into the gross habits of the super-wealthy, or if you wish to demonstrate to your children the true meaning of the adage that all the money in the world can't buy good taste. The house itself is far from beautiful, although, for the sake of balance, I should... More

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Stockholm, Stockholms Län, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Hearst Castle is a must-see if you're travelling somewhere between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Be sure to take a tour where you can see the inside of the main building. Don't miss to walk a loop around all of the buildings. The bungalows are really nice from the back as well. If you come from Los Angeles you will... More

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Fish Creek, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

We visited Hearst Castle again after a period of 10 years, It was even more amazing than our first visit and we appreciated, all the more, what William Randolph Hearst and his architect, Julia Morgan, achieved. The weather was fantastic so we were able to take in all the view. The garden looked amazing too, even though they are suffering... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Recently, we spent the weekend at Ventana Inn, Big Sur at a beautiful wedding. After the wedding, we wanted to take a trip to the Hearst Castle but did not want to drive the coastal highway to Hearst Castle We found a driver, Dave, on Trip Advisor!! Dave@bigsurtoursand more.com was very knowledgeable and entertaining. He took us into the Visitor's... More

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

For those who have not toured Europe’s castles and art treasures, a visit to Hearst Castle is a worthwhile alternative. Tips and highlights: 1. Do some advance planning. It will be easy to spend the better part of a day here. Book your tickets online to avoid standing in line at the visitor’s center. Plan to do a fair amount... More

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Leatherhead, Surrey
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Visited this attraction as part of our West coast driving trip. it was well worth spending the day in the area and we stayed in the Little Sur inn in Cambria. we pre-booked the grand rooms tour. It was very organised with buses efficiently taking you up to the castle. The tour takes about 45 minutes and then you are... More

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Cardiff, Wales
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

This is about an hour's drive from Pismo Beach, along Highway 1. The visitors' centre is overwhelmingly touristy and commercialised!!! The bus takes you from the visitors' centre, taking maybe 10 mins to wind its way thought the hills to the castle. It was, luckily, a gloriously sunny day! We did the main rooms tour. The tour guide was very... More

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