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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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We loved Hearst Castle! The drought meant that the pool and fountains were dry and our timing wasn't the greatest as renovations mean much of the building is covered by... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

We loved Hearst Castle! The drought meant that the pool and fountains were dry and our timing wasn't the greatest as renovations mean much of the building is covered by scaffolding. I see the argument that this place highlights the difference between the haves and have nots and yes it could be seen as wasteful. But I found it inspiring!... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

We took the great rooms tour (best when going for the first time). But before the tour we had plenty of time to go to the museum. Do! It is well worth your time (30 min - 1 hour). You'll learn much about the life of W. R. Hearst, his mother, his wife and the time they lived in. The... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Gorgeous! Awesome! We'll worth the admission. My timing however stunk. Lots of renovations had the castle covered in scaffolding. The outdoor pool had been drained for repair with debris inside it. Due to the drought, not only had the fountains been also drained, but all bathrooms were closed and replaced with port-a-potties, which I was luckily able to avoid.

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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

I am not sure how to feel about this place. In some regards it is a complete utter tourist trap and in other ways it is enchanting. How is it a a trap? You pay $25 per tour to see only a small part of the place. While you wait for your designated time you end up watching a movie... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Simply Must See if you are from out of town and driving up the coast. I promise that you will never forget it.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

It's been a while since I visited Hearts Castle. The tours used to be over an hour - now, they're just 40 minutes. Tickets are an outrageous $25 per person. A better value is the 4-hour private tour at $100. Also, their food court sells small slices of (terrible looking) pizza for $7.50 and hot dogs for $8.50!! What a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

We've visited Hearst Castle twice now during our trips to California. We stayed at Cambria which is a short drive away. On the first visit in April 2012 we did the Grand Rooms tour and we absolutely loved it. On the second occasion in September 2014 we visited the Cottages and Kitchens tour and we absolutely loved that tour too!... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

Truly beautiful place, and a most enjoyable visit, from the time we got on the bus that takes visitors up the hill with its informative commentary, the guided tour round the ground floor, the beautiful terraces and the Building the Dream Film we watched at the end of our visit A magical experience, we did not see the upper rooms... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

What a wonderful place to visit! Magnificat house, fantastic views & lovely gardens & patios. The 'castle' houses William Hearsts collection of art & antiques and what an interesting collection it proved to be. Kathryn our guide told us wonderful stories about many of the items and guests that had visited in the past, we even saw zebras in the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

Was an awesome experience to see what one man visualised and saw to fruition. Expected over the top extravaganzas but the whole thing was done with taste and is a true reflection of how the well connected lived at that time. Well worth the money for the ticket.

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Address: 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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