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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 #2 of 12 things to do in San Simeon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic sites, Castles, 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: Historic sites, Castles, 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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Toronto, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

We did the Grand Rooms tour. It gave us a nice taste of the castle and Mr. Hearst. Our tour guide was truly wonderful! He welcomed questions, and obviously has an extensive knowledge of the Hearst family and the castle. I hope to return to take another tour, and hope to get the same tour guide.

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Victoria
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

We have visited many stately homes and mansions all over North America - although the Hearst Castle was an engineering marvel - and the story behind it interesting - I was disappointed that our tour was very limited ...only a few rooms for $25. We could see more rooms but would have to pay more for a second tour. Other... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

If you have $25.00 to throw away this is your trip. It's exactly what your going to do, throw away money. We spent 25 each to see 4 rooms...what a rip off. The best part was the ride up. They do not even care about the military, so do nt ask for a military discount. Save your money and go... More 

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Austin, Texas
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

What a journey. Breathtaking landscape, Art, History & more, This is a must see. Feel like a king or a queen for the day. Let your imagination run & dream big. Something from all ages.....

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Toronto, Canada
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82 reviews 82 reviews
31 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

We were travelling up the coast and weren't sure when we would arrive so we decided to forego booking reservations ahead of time and figured that we could just take one of the tours when we arrived. Big mistake. All of the tours were sold out before we arrived and they were already starting to fill up for the next... More 

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Oakland, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
19 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

We were on a holiday trip and went the day after Valentines -- chose the cottage, wine cellar, and kitchen tour. While the cottages are really grand with all the paintings and furniture, even the ceilings (which I couldn't help but admire), I thought the tour was rushed. We were not given even just a few minutes to look around... More 

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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Positives - must see chocolate box confection of the last century. Epic scale and a sense of what it must have been like to be super rich and famous in the 20's and 30's. You can sense what it would have been like to be a guest of WR Hearst. The place is run like a mini theme park with... More 

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South Florida, Florida
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

There are few homes like this in the United States. It might have been Hearst's "Ranch at San Simeon," but it's appropriately dubbed a castle. The rooms and grounds and pools are all grand, and it's difficult to imagine what life must have been like, but the tours and experience at the visitors center recreate it for you. The tours... More 

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33 reviews 33 reviews
7 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Went on the kitchen and cottages tour. Our guide was very nice, very informative, but did not give us enough time to actually look at the rooms before we were rushed through. We slowed ourselves down so we could absorb what we were looking at! This brought comments like" I have to keep everyone in sight", and" keep up with... More 

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Moncton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

How it must if been like to live in the day to have that kind of wealth. Truly amazing and I wasn't disappointed.

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