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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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Benton, Kansas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

The views from atop the castle grounds was spectacular. Loved the tour of the castle and the history. We would have liked to had another hour to go through more of the grounds, however the tour was on a time schedule. We were able to stop along the coast highway and see the elephant seals swimming in the surf and... More

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Woodstown, New Jersey
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Loved the castle and tours. But really, outhouse toilets?! William Hearst would be mortified to know the CA state park system forces it's visitors to use these discussing things. No inside flush facilities. It is obvious they do not empty these for days. A true embarrassment to all visitors. Be prepared to be grossed out and I am a guy... More

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Monroe
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

We really enjoyed touring the Hearst Castle but thought the admission prices we a bit costly. My husband and I spent $100 to take 2 tours.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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12 reviews 12 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

My expectations could have been a little off since I'd spent a day roaming around exploring the Biltmore estate, only to find out you had to purchase a fixed package of specific areas. The pools are not to be missed. And Lots of stairs...wear comfortable shoes

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Lehi
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

My Hubby and I toured this beautiful Castle in 2011. When we toured this in 2011 our guide educated us of the extensive history that went along with each room that we toured and also the grounds. We were told of so many historic facts, and fun stories, that it made this Castle come alive. You could just envision in... More

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Las Vegas, NV
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

My 1st visit to Hearst Castle was at 11 years old, it captured me, inspired me to travel the world, appreciate great architects & artisans, be gentle to animals & to share all of these things with others. 15 years later, the place is still opulent & inspiring. We got to stay on the hill to take pictures all day... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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69 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

My Wife and I loved our tour of the Hearst Mansion. You have so many choices of tours to take. We choice the main building and were impressed by the scope and size of the Castle interior. The guide was informative and we learned a lot about the history of the Castle. Just walking around the Castle grounds and looking... More

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Hearst Castle is fascinating. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and considerate back in the day. They lived like Kings and Queens without the titles and crowns and entertained more lavishly than I can imagine.

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San Antonio, Texas
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41 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

The Hearst Castle came highly recommended by friends in the local area; since it was quite a drive from where our group was staying, we were hopeful it would be true. Thankfully, it was well worth the trip. If you’ve seen the Great Gatsby movie, this property will remind you a bit of it…the excesses and opulence abound. They have... More

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Willard, Utah
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Hearst Castle had been on my bucket list for years and I was so disappointed. It is WAY overpriced. Each tour (around $25) only shows you a small portion of the castle and grounds. It would cost over $100 each to take all of the tours. For me, the only thing worth seeing were the 2 swimming pools and the... More

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