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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 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

We took two tours; guides were excellent. Beautiful place with stunning views. Film very interesting in giving you the background to this amazing place.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

This thorough tour, including a movie, teaches a lot about the life of William Randolph Hearst. San Simeon is a spectacular property, between the vast grounds and artistic decoration and buildings, there is much to hold your attention. We only took the tour of the Grand Rooms--and our teens were not as interested as I thought they would be. Part... More

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South San Francisco, California
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6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

We took the Grand Rooms tours. The ride up the hill in the bus is accompanied by some recorded story and description which makes the trip enjoyable. The tour itself was interesting in that the items in the rooms and the rooms themselves are amazing, but it was much shorter than I imagined it would be. Yes, it only lists... More

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Bray, Wicklow, Ireland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Its a nice place to visit, but with the caveat of having to choose between 4 different tours at $25 each, people just passing as the travel the Pacific Coast Highway will with either have to choose their favourite or pay $100 to see it all. The gardens were really nice and its something different to look at if you... More

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Palm Desert, California
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Of the four available tours we only took the one of the Grand Rooms and then walked the remainder of the gardens and outdoor pool on our own. Due to the drought most of the water features were turned off. What amazed us was the diversity of furnishings and art in the house that made no sense being in the... More

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Geneva, Switzerland
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Everybody recommended us this, but it was very disapointing. No real arts, only a sum of various items rapatriated from Europe, no overall style at all. But the worst is that you are required to take a very expensive guided tour (25 usd for an adult) to be put in a big crowd. No possibility to visit on your own,... More

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Toronto, Ontario
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

After parking in the travelers visitor centre and purchasing tickets, we took the tour bus up the long winding road to Hearst Castle. They have a taped version of Alex Trabec narrating some of the history which is actually very interesting. We toured the Grand rooms at the top, and then were free to wander the gardens. The tours are... More

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Budapest, Hungary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

I loved the tours, bought 4, the website was not clear about how you book the tours, it's suppose to be allow one hour between the beginning of one tour and the beginning of the next booked tour. You do not go back down to the information center to start a next tour. And we went early enuf in the... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

It was all good. I was traveling with my service dog, a German shepherd. The stall made us feel welcomed and assisted us professionally.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

I recently visited this beautiful place while on vacation. The tour is worth the $25.00 Admission fee for sure. You go back in time and learn about the family, the movie stars that visited and you see priceless art pieces. The Neptune pool was down for repairs, but the other pool was just beautiful. Our guide was informative and friendly... More

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