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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 2013
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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Kansas City, USA
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72 reviews 72 reviews
12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

We took the tour of the Grand Rooms. The guide was excellent and the tour was interesting. I wish the tour had included more rooms. I would have loved to have seen the entire estate (and probably would have rated it higher) but that would have been a very expensive tour day for my husband and me.

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Gentofte, Denmark
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91 reviews 91 reviews
13 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

We came here mainly to see the surrounding gardens, pool and the views. Found the tour boring, too many people on it, couldn’t hear the guide, who talked too long about too little. Finally we went outside, and enjoyed the gardens. Very disappointed to find the Neptune pool closed – we should have been made VERY clear before we bought... More

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Portland, Oregon
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39 reviews 39 reviews
14 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

William Randolf Hearst raided Europe of many of her treasures when such a thing was fashionable, warehoused the loot and then built an eclectic castle atop a California mountaintop, which became a playground for pre-war Hollywood. Whether or not you agree with Hearst's yellow journalism or his choice of life style, this historical monument is a one of a kind... More

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Preston, United Kingdom
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58 reviews 58 reviews
7 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Just go....................!! you will not be dissapointed at all. Went here on the way to Newport Beach whilst driving Highway 1 south from San Fran. Didnt know what to expect but decided to do it............FANTASTIC.........all for £31..........a great place / tour / incite into Willaim Randolph Hearsts home in the hills overlooking the West Coast pacific Ocean., Mind blowing artifacts... More

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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64 reviews 64 reviews
28 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

I must confess I've never heard about Hearst Castle before going to California, but it was better than I expected. The Castle is an amazing combination of european architecture of many diferent centuries and the realization of a dreamer. It worths a visit if you are passing by San Simeon. There are too much to see as beautiful statues, gardens... More

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Aurora, Canada
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35 reviews 35 reviews
22 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

We arrived at the visitor station and toured through the exhibits prior to getting on the bus that would take us to the castle. The visitor centre is full of unique items and gives lots of info prior to the tour. The bus ride is narrated by Alex Trebek and gives an overview of the building of the castle and... More

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california
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Stunning estate - tours are efficient and fun - a great outing. The visitor center is nice but I'm not sure I like the $3 bottles of water. Geez! Essentially, you must stop here if you are on the central coast.

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Ridgefield, Washington, United States
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141 reviews 141 reviews
26 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

I have always wanted to go to the castle. I was wonderful. We took the Grand Rooms tour and our guide was super. The whole process was nicely organizes. The only thing I would chane was the weather. It was foggy so couldn't see the view.

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New York City, New York
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80 reviews 80 reviews
30 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

This place is a great seen in San Simeon. Great history and beautiful castle. Excellent view and amazing pictures. The service on the other hand is terrible as best. They encourage people to buy tickets online or use the mobile app but then you have to wait in line to retrieve your tickets. People skipping lines and no accountability. If... More

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Agoura, California
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66 reviews 66 reviews
32 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

The tour is well designed, although short in length. We just drove up to the visitor center and bought tickets to the next tour without making reservations (weekday). After the tour, we had lunch in the visitor center patio, and then watched the movie. This is one stop you should try to make.

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