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It took 28 years to complete William Randolph Hearst's lavish estate, which includes 165 rooms on 125 acres.
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
750 Hearst Castle Road, San Simeon, CA 93452-9740
+1 800-444-4445
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Amazing tour of the grand rooms. Paid when we arrived but we had to wait over an hour for an available tour. Have us time to go and watch the film in the theatre before giving us a bit of background info. Bus up had...More

Thank I_Evers84
Reviewed 2 days ago

Driving down Highway 1 and looking for some way to break up your day? Stop here. That's what we did. It's something to do. But, much like the elephant seals. this isn't something that requires a special trip. I kept hearing amazing things about Hearst...More

Thank Mark C
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Hearst Castle Tours can be challenging to those with mobility issues, but the State Parks staff are very accommodating during the ADA tour - using a golf cart and in small groups. The grounds of the castle are gorgeous and quite large, this tour made...More

Thank Dianne H
Reviewed 3 days ago

Incredible example of overindulgence from extreme wealth. William Randolph Hearst had an amazing life, the seeds for his future were planted by his well educated and traveled mother. He learned his lessons well. A story worth investigating further.Having family wealth doesn't hurt either. A site...More

Thank Les K
Reviewed 4 days ago

If you're driving Pacific Coast Highway (and it's experience that i'd strongly recommend all by itself), this is one of the stops you just have to do. And it was well worth it -- beyond the expectations. It is now a State Park, and is...More

Thank BobR_NJ-2018
Reviewed 4 days ago

Lovingly assembled in what was called the "Ranch at Sam Simeon" by former media magnate Randolph Hearst is a collection of beautiful European artwork and architecture that makes up Hearst Castle. Just a few minutes north of Cambria, this is a place definitely worth a...More

Thank delfia-hollandia
Reviewed 5 days ago

I have pretty low expectations of "must se" destinations expecting a poor value experience. Not this time. The price is decent value for the visit. Everything is extremely well organised. We visited mid-afternoon in September and walked straight onto a tour that wasn't full. I...More

1  Thank Arty26
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you find yourself taking a California Coastline vacation down HWY 1 near Big Sur you must schedule a night in San Simeon or Cambria. You will want to put a stop and tour of the Hearst Castle to the top of your list. We...More

1  Thank itsabonniething
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I wasn’t sure whether I would enjoy this trip to Hearst Castle. I was on my way from San Francisco to San Luis Obispo and decided to stay in San Simeon for a night. I was so glad I decided to take a little extra...More

Thank Davidxyz_13
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you are going up or down the coast of California then this is a must see. Make sure to get a reservation ahead of time and see the movie before your tour. The docents are amazing with their knowledge.

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rohini u
October 29, 2018|
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Response from daniellebK4003AC | Reviewed this property |
I would reccomdation it just for the experience it's amazing ..
October 27, 2018|
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Response from Leah S | Reviewed this property |
Yes, check the website. I was there about a month ago and it was about $25 for most tours. There are specialty ones that cost more.
Kristie D
October 9, 2018|
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Response from Howard-Moon | Reviewed this property |
Generally busy anytime - advisable to book tours in advance via there website as they limit numbers