Hearst Castle

Hearst Castle, San Simeon: Tickets, Tours, Address, Phone Number, Hearst Castle Reviews: 4.5/5

Hearst Castle
4.5
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It took 28 years to complete William Randolph Hearst's lavish estate, which includes 165 rooms on 125 acres.
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Martin Carroll
Winchester, VA477 contributions
Some advice on Visiting the Hearst Castle.
Jun 2020
The Hearst Castle is one of the gems of Americana !! It is really something that you should see.

As I understand the current situation, there is a "phased approach" on the reopening of the Visitor Center and the Hearst Castle Tours. Best advise is to utilize the website to understand what is going on. The website is excellent !!!
Hearst Castle is not a place that you see along the road and decide to visit. You may find that your trip in California will revolve around your visit to the Hearst Castle.

You need to buy your tickets "ON-LINE" !!! and plan on arriving early at the Visitors Center. You will be taken by bus up the hill to the Castle area. You many want to want to take more than one tour so you need to allow time between tours. The tours are explained at the Website. The basic tour (Grand Rooms Tour ) is excellent. You have a guide for the tour who is usually a great story teller. It is my understanding that you can reserve tickets up to 60 days in advance.
So, you may build your trip around the visit to Hearst Castle.

Other somewhat obvious points about a place to say before and after. The Hearst Family still owns a huge amount of land surrounding the castle which is still open land. Most of all, you should start with a full tank of gas. Gas Stations are infrequent on the Pacific Coast Highway !

When you leave going north, look for the sea lion beach. It will be on the left side of the road which is the ocean side. It is amazing to see the sea lions sleeping on the beach in the sun.
Written May 28, 2021
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Rosalee K
9 contributions
Must See!
Dec 2019 • Solo
Spectacular Castle set high on a hill in San Simeon. This place is loaded with artwork, statues, carvings, botanical gardens and historic memorabilia of all kinds. Guides will lead you around the property and give you a fantastic taste of what it was like to celebrate with Hearst and his famous friends that included musicians, comedians, actors, politicians and members of society from all walks of life.
Take as many tours as you can! You may even want to spend a couple of days there there's so much to see and enjoy!
Written November 24, 2020
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Sporforya
Los Altos, CA42 contributions
Great experience
Apr 2020
Interesting architecture, colorful history, the guided tour really helped and our teens seemed to enjoy it as well.
Written November 21, 2020
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motorcar1
Dublin, Ireland7,912 contributions
At last our Hearst Castle Tour
Dec 2019 • Couples
On all our trips to the West Coast a visit to Hearst Castle was down for a visit since our first trip in 2005. Finally we made it and it is more impressive than all I have read about the elaborate castle on the mountain.
As I have a fear of heights the bus trip up and back from the visitor centre was very scary.
The Castle is absolutely stunning and you have to see it for yourself. You can stay up at the castle till the last bus and it a fabulous photo opportunity.
Written November 16, 2020
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SaltLakeCityFlyer
Salt Lake City, UT24 contributions
DON'T GO IN SUMMER INSIDE!!
Aug 2019
Many european Artifacts in the castle were made centuries ago and are beautiful. But they were made to last centuries more , unfortunately the head staff worries that the outside air will damage all artwork, so no windows, no doors are opened to cool the interior while you are there on tour. They have humidity regulators to keep a certain humidity level, but NO COOLING , nothing to prevent guests from fainting from heat like it happens yearly when guests drop like flies to the floor. Even the Supervisor admitted his shirt is dripping wet when he's there. iF YOU DONT OPEN WINDOWS AT LEAST INSTALL AIR CONDITIONING!!!

Also, Lead Guide named Mona is very rude to guests and staff.
Written June 14, 2020
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RknRon
Madison, WI1,778 contributions
A short drive from Paso Robles
Mar 2020
This is a must see in the area. The Hearst castle was on my list since I was `8 - very worth the visit! There is a lot to see so expect to be here a few hours.
Written May 10, 2020
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PhillipP
Tring, UK569 contributions
Fascinating!
Sep 2019 • Friends
Someone’s extravagant play and entertainment grounds have become a major attraction along the Pacific Highway. A very grand, and fascinating complex, with interesting architecture and colourful history to boot. A worthwhile stop when travelling along the coast. You can only visit as part of a guided tour. We hadn’t booked in advance (recommended) but were still able to purchase tickets on arrival.
Written April 25, 2020
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ROAD TRIP GYPSY
Sydney, Australia28 contributions
Very interesting
May 2019
Found this really interesting with great guided tour. Not really for little kids but teens enjoyed. Check times of tours before going. Loved walking through all the rooms and the pool area was amazing. We always find it interesting to google what movies may have been made at the location to help get the kids interested in it. The pool has been used in a few movies. Didn't know the history before going so found that really interesting
Written April 23, 2020
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Hsin-Yi W
Forest Hills, NY967 contributions
Brilliant castle
Aug 2019 • Family
Hearst Castle was built by the publishing tycoon Hearst family between 1919 and 1947 and is a national historic landmark in central California.

One of the signature facilities of Hearst Castle is the world-famous outdoor swimming pool which was the scene in lady Gaga’s MV of the song “G.U.Y”.

The decor of the castle is classic, luxurious and brilliant. It was an astonishingly amazing and interesting experience to have the room tour.

They also serve their agricultural products from their farm at the visitors center.
Written April 6, 2020
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travel_eat_drink
Indiana208 contributions
Tour to remember
Sep 2019
We were on a coastal road trip of California with friends and this was one of the sites we all agreed to stop and see. We all enjoyed this tour. Since we had never been we did the Grand Rooms tour. If I lived in California I would definitely be sure to see the whole castle, it would take some time to see everything properly, to take the tours and the spend time on the grounds looking around and taking photos. Our day was a short one but the drive up and back is lovely and the tour is very well done although very strict. The guides are very serious about their job!
Written April 5, 2020
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