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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
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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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Santa Barbara, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

I have been to tour one and the bedroom tour several times. You can imagine the days that Hearst was there with his Hollywood guests and when he would camp with his family when he was young. It is an added plus that the architect was a woman.

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Mission Viejo, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

My family and I stopped at Hearst Castle on our way back from Big Sur. The Castle is impressive and it's like stepping back in time! The pools were spectacular and every detail of the castle has a story that is quite interesting. I highly recommend purchasing tickets ahead of time! (they sold out the first time we tried to... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

I visited Hearst Castle while on a business trip. It had spectacular views and the architecture was amazing. The best way to enjoy this exhibit is not to concern yourself with the person with too much money, but for what the building, grounds and architecture really are.

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Picton, Ontario, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

If you want to see the entire castle, its $75. A little ridiculous if you ask me. Theres no option to just pay a flat rate and go up and tour the castle/grounds on your own. Neptune pool was empty which was a bit of a let down. We had a very informative tour guide, that was a bright spot... More

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Derby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

This house is different to any other you might have visited. It is a collection of architectural styles both inside and out. You park in the car park and then are bused up to the house about 15 mins. There is a interesting narration on the bus which sets the scene. The tour guides are very good but a little... More

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Washington, DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

We spent about 4 hours at the castle and didn't see everything. This was money well spent. We will be back. The place is very organized and the food in the food court was very good. Highly recommend visiting.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

We were so looking forward to this visit and we both found it a massive disappointment .i would advise any European visitors that have been fortunate enough to visit Rome and the Sistine chapel Spain Palma or France to give this a miss because you will have seen it all before on a much larger and grander scale . I... More

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

We had a great guide and was very informative and quite theatrical! Pity that we had fog enshrouded surrounds and couldn't see a lot on the way up or down.

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Whitley Bay, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Had a wonderful day with family & exceptional service from attraction guides who were all extremely knowledgeable which added to the experience. Would go back any day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

We had a wonderful time and a great tour. The guides new the site well, they had a lot of information. We took a tour of the inside and what a beautiful place. The only negative for me was the outside pool was drained because of an ongoing leak. It just took away some of the beauty of the pool... More

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