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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 2014
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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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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59 reviews 59 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

Hearst Castle is a great example of what drive, imagination, passion and unlimited money can create. Not to my taste, but certainly worth a visit if just to admire the grandure

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Lockwood, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

We went there with my grandparents when they came to visit, and we loved it. We did the Grand Rooms tour, and it was great. I hope to go back again and do the rest of the tours.

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Solihull, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

Interesting with plenty of art objects which were rare and probably priceless. Not cheap and very organised. I preferred the Getty museum in Los Angeles.

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Stowmarket, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

From the distance you can see the castle which looks very interesting. The drive up to the castle is by coach up a long winding road up to the highest point around. When you arrive you are greeted and told not to stand on anything but the cheap carpet, which is fair enough, but then told repeatedly. First you are... More

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Southern California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

We took the kids to see The Hearst Castle. They thought an actual princess lived here. The castle is on a large expanse of land - a beautiful 15-minute shuttle drive from the lot to the castle itself. The interior was no joke. Every room was outfitted so lavishly from the furniture, to the art, to the intricate designs on... More

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San Diego, California
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48 reviews 48 reviews
11 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

We did the Grand Rooms tour. It was awesome, but it just gives you a small taste of Hearst Castle. The Grand Rooms tour takes you through the assembly room, dining room, billiard room and theater. After the formal tour you are able to explore the gardens and pool area at your own pace. The Neptune pool was empty when... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

We really enjoyed touring this place, liked seeing the Zebras on the slopes of Hearst Castle. Great view of the Ocean from the hilltop.

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burlington,ky
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Logistically: This place is run so smoothly. The timing of the buses to take you to the top and down is wonderful. Such an easy place to attend. Book your tour on-line in advance. When you arrive you have to go inside to the ticket counter to get a wristband. You are then free to wander around, view the movie,... More

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Montreal
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Sits high up the mountain and could only imagine what it must have been like to stay at this place in its peak. The long winding road up to the castle has beautiful views of the landscape and ocean. Tours guides are very informative and tours are well done with limited people on each one. Visitors center is very well... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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103 reviews 103 reviews
19 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

This is a neat place to visit, and great for all ages. The property is unbelievable and certainly one of a kind! We did the Grand Rooms tour, so we got to see in several rooms of the main house ground floor, and then you are able to tour around the property after the tour. Next time we would do... More

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