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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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Hearst Castle is the perfect way to spend a nice afternoon slipping into a little piece of history. You can re-live the gilded age amongst the beautifully maintained grounds and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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Tulsa, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Hearst Castle is the perfect way to spend a nice afternoon slipping into a little piece of history. You can re-live the gilded age amongst the beautifully maintained grounds and grand rooms of the castle, all while taking in a spectacular view from the top of "La Cuesta Encantada." The gardens are perfect for a pleasant stroll, and the structure... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

I must start at the beginning with my review. We live in Canada and were traveling to California for a holiday since the Hearst Castle was on my husband’s bucket list to photograph we decided to book tickets on line. My husband went direct to the Hearst website and booked the tickets. Within 48 hours of booking we were called... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

An absolute 'must see'. A truly beautiful place with lots of history. The tour guides were very funny and engaging and helped you understand the man that created this beautiful home and brought the whole tour to life. However, you should be aware that the tours are split into 3 ( the grand rooms, bedrooms and kitchens) each one is... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Dont go there! You pay big money for nothing!!! Only 4 rooms in the castle are open for the tour. The guide was okay but overall not wurth the money! I've seen houses in the US for less and was impressed more, like the Vanderbilt mansion.

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Barnstaple, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

We were told by a few Americans that it was a "must see". To be honest if you are European it is not worth the expensive ticket or the time. The rigid rules about where you can walk and touch both inside and outside the building seem ridiculous. I think we only saw about 3 rooms on one tour. Upstairs... More 

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Sydney
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Make no mistake: visiting here means spending time and money to see part of a huge, fancy house at the top of a hill. The more money you spend, the more of the house you are permitted to see. The views from the top are nice and the pools are very well designed. Construction work to the house is ongoing.... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Thank you Hearst family for donating this marvelous estate to the state to be used as a park. There are very few quite like it. From the time you first view the main house, perched atop the mountains, you are leaning forward in your seat on the bus that takes you to the site. Once there, you go with a... More 

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Indianola, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

This property once owned by William Randolph Hearst is now part of the California State Parks system. The mansion and grounds are a fascinating view of early 20th century excesses of wealth and opulence. The cheapest ticket price is $25 for any of the tours, so it's not the most inexpensive attraction around. We took the Grand Rooms tour which... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

After days of exploring the flora, fauna and rugged beauty of the Pacific Coast, this visit was like a jolt of reality in preparation for our transition to the opulence and excess of Santa Barbara and LA! We arrived early afternoon and purchased tickets for the 2:30 p.m. Grand Rooms tour for $25 for adults, we thought this was enough... More 

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O'Fallon, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

Take a step back in time. See how the ultra rich lived. Hearst Castle and the surrounding grounds are beautiful. We enjoyed the architecture, furnishings, and gardens. There is walking involved but there are handicapped tours.

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