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Address: 750 Hearst Castle Road, San Simeon, CA 93452-9740
Phone Number: 18004444445
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It took 28 years to complete William Randolph Hearst's lavish estate, which...

It took 28 years to complete William Randolph Hearst's lavish estate, which includes 165 rooms on 125 acres.

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Worth the detour to get to

It's not the closest and certainly a little out of the way but well worth the visit. Plan on spending more time than you expect here as it's truly spectacular and amazing what the... read more

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It's not the closest and certainly a little out of the way but well worth the visit. Plan on spending more time than you expect here as it's truly spectacular and amazing what the Hearst family achieved here given its locale. Roughly half way between San Francisco and LA on the equally spectacular coast road in San Simeon the castle... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

OK it's not easy to get to, unless you are driving down the California A1. You could do a couple of tours in one day (and you can only see the insides of it on a guided tour) and keep driving on but the beautiful coast line is worth exploring and it's worth overnighting in one of the nearby towns.... More 

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Mesa, AZ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is one of the great homes of America. The landscaping, pools and the home itself are an amazing window into America's past. Virtually all of the furniture are intact as it was left by WR Hearst. The tours are fascinating and led by extremely well informed and talented docents. The entire staff is dedicated to you having a great... More 

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Roseville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The tour guides at Hearst were well versed in their knowledge of the castle; all questions asked were answered! The bus drivers didn't mind sharing their local dining recommendations and had great smiles. My 92 year old Grandmother got tired halfway up the tour of the "Big House" and there was a convenient chair for her to sit in. Also,... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Ii heard on NPR that people in the middle class today enjoy pretty much the same standard of living as the super rich of the 1920's. Huh. My house doesn't look like this one. It was interesting to see how hard the Hurst Family tried to reenact the lifestyle of the royalty of Europe. The rooms were lavish and the... More 

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Essex England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We took the upstairs tour. We had taken the downstairs tour on our previous visit. The collection of trashes are exceptional. We loved all of the exhibits. However, we really felt that our tour was rushed. There were so many things to see and so many questions we could have asked. But the guide was clearly time pressured to get... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a must see venue on your PCH tour. We did the Grand Tour which lasts around an hour, our tour guide Erin was hugely knowledgable and brought the castle to life for us. She even kept our 14, 11 and 9 year old kids interested. Don't miss the film as well. Amazing place, loads of fantastic photo opportunities... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The building itself, although striking does not have the legacy of other much older and remarkable buildings yet it still offers a glimpse into the colourful history of the first half of the 20th century through the eyes of one of the first media moguls and his celebrity guests. If you have time and budget for only one tour, I... More 

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Market Harborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We found our visit here v interesting. The castle is in a stunning location with wonderful views. It is a guided tour and our guide made the tour interesting and informative. The castle and gardens are lavish in the extreme.

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Huntington Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I recently visited the Hearst Castle with my 13 year old daughter and we both really enjoyed it. The castle itself is amazing with a very colorful history. The views are fantastic and the tour guides are very knowledgeable. The only downside is that the main pool has been drained due to the drought in California and repair work is... More 

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