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Address: 750 Hearst Castle Road, San Simeon, CA 93452
Phone Number: (800) 444-4445
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Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: It took 28 years to complete William Randolph Hearst's lavish estate...
It took 28 years to complete William Randolph Hearst's lavish estate, which includes 165 rooms on 125 acres.
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This was my third and fourth visits. Great tours and now you can wander the grounds afterwards so much more relaxed than previously. All beautifully kept and presented - looks... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

This was my third and fourth visits. Great tours and now you can wander the grounds afterwards so much more relaxed than previously. All beautifully kept and presented - looks like rooms are still inhabited and strangely contemporary with the mix of antique and modern.

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Gulf Coast Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Hearst Castle tours have been upgraded since my last visit more than 20 years ago. A visitor center has been built that is primarily for hawking wears and food and beverage. A theatre offers a great little orientation film that is well done and more than average. The guides are well informed. The grounds around the castle were well kept... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

I was a bit apprehensive about taking the tours of Hearst Castle. We did the upstairs and main downstairs tours. These were well run and really worth doing. It is so much more than just a huge house, the history is really interesting and the tours were informative and enjoyable. It is an amazing house to see, the thought that... More 

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Helena, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Hearst Castle is an example of the excesses of the rich, but is interesting to visit. The basic tour takes you through three of the downstairs rooms, teeming with tapestries, statuary, antiques, etc., mostly bought in Europe. It is a museum now. The tour was fast paced and the group let by our guide was too large. As a result,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

I remembered Hearst from my 1st visit when I was 5 years old ,so I was excited to return. We started with the film in the visitors center, which is well done and gives you the type of background you don't get from the tour. The tour is staged like an assembly line, and it is clear there is no... More 

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Vero Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

stopped for a tour, did the bottom floor big rooms, spent approx 1.5 hours, I wish they would offer a tour package were you could purchase a couple different tours at once for a reduced rate, would have like to seen more of the house but not at 40.00 per tour

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

It was our first time to Hearst Castle, however we had toured the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC. I found the tour at Hearst Castle disappointing. I felt rushed and very little information was given about the castle considering they charge $25 per person per tour.

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Santee, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

We visited the castle on Tuesday, July 29th. Our tour start time was 1 p.m. This place is run very efficiently. We purchased our tickets online the day before and we arrived about 30 minutes early. We found our line to board the bus and shortly after 1:00 we were headed towards the castle. We took the main tour where... More 

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Oak View, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

We went on a tour of Hearst Castle Monday, July 27. It was a special tour that was not listed, Designing the Dream. We went to the guest cottages and the North Wing of the Castle along with both pools. Erin Gates was our guide and she was amazing. It was a fascinating tour and her enthusiasm made me not... More 

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Azusa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

I have visited there before but was now excited to bring my daughter. The Hearst Castle was under construction when we went there, but still looked nice. However, it was disappointing to see their main attraction which was the Neptune Pool surrounded by bars, and "NO" water in the pool. Not to mention, because of the drought, you have to... More 

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Additional Information about Hearst Castle

Address: 750 Hearst Castle Road, San Simeon, CA 93452
Phone Number: (800) 444-4445
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Luis Obispo County  >  San Simeon
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Monday 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 7:00 pm

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