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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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Virginia
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96 reviews 96 reviews
22 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

My expectations were exceeded starting with the ticket counter. A gentleman with last name of Cook was the friendliest agent I've ever encountered. He joked, and helped us until we were completely satisfied. I also saw other agents acting the same way with other guests. Two of our tour guides, Mary and Beverly were also outstanding. Everything was totally well... More

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Chicago, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

San Simeon is a amazing! I loved every scented minute of the tours. I always have wanted to go to Hearst Castle - but I have a lot of things on my bucket list and unfortunately when it finally comes to pass, rarely meets or exceeds expectations. BUT not San Simeon! It was intense (in a good way) , from... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I have always wanted to see Hearst Castle. I'd heard some complaints from a couple of friends about how it was gaudy and tacky. But, some other friends had raved about the place. And, I have to agree. This place is amazing. From the history, to the views, to the gorgeous grounds and rooms, it will fill your eyes. The... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I went with my cousins, sister, aunt, and parents! I really enjoyed every thing about this place. I wished I could get in the Greek and Italian pools. The trip uphill and then around the castle was incredible! It's a bit pricy but the experience is worth it, in my opinion. Afterwards I went to the beach which is only... More

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Edmonton, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

So this was the summer home of one of the wealthiest men in the world in the early to mid 1900's. It's impressive how this was built and the expense WRH spent to create this, but architecturally I found the styling and design unimaginative and ostentatious. Copying all of those diverse architectural designs and putting them together looks like a... More

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Perth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Our friends the Smiths recommended a trip to Hurst Castle, we spent 3 hours there and could happily have spent the day, the Castle high up on the hill is a draw, the 5 mile bus ride up with commentary sets the scheme and I suggest you see the 40 minute film as to “how & why” before you go... More

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

We did the Grand Rooms tour. Keep in mind that most of the tours are centered around a particular area of the house. If you want to see the cottages, for example, you will need to book a separate tour. The Grand Rooms were a sight to see. Very interesting and our tour guide was wonderful. I give the staff... More

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Fullerton, California, United States
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

We have wanted to visit Hearst Castle for many years and finally made it. Only took 1 tour, but it was so interesting that we will go back for the others.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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22 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014 via mobile

First off, the ticketing was a joke. We were there in time for a 2:00 tour but they simply said we needed to wait until 3:00. No way 2:00 was full, there were not many people there. Wasted an hour and a half touring the visitors' center although the movie was helpful and helped kill 30 minutes. The prices seem... More

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Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014 via mobile

We arrived mid afternoon on a Sunday with the intention of purchasing tickets for the next morning if we could not get a ticket yet that afternoon. We weren't sure how our trip was going to go or we would have purchased online ahead. We were on the wait list for the last 3 buses and were lucky enough to... More

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