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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I am as always committed to reviewing to be a guide to my fellow sojourner ... reading many reviews did not answer my question succinctly until I journeyed but thanks to many... from Pacifica from the north down hwy 1 leaving near 1100ish and stopping in Santa Cruz for lunch 1230-1300 gayles eatery a must stop for good food and deserts of every imagination- but that’s another journey the cost route was outstanding in many ways and views but no stopping to arrive at the castle before closing and getting the lay of the land prior the return the next day. Parking is plentiful many covered by solar panels but free as is the visitor center - Hugh inside single story build with shops and eateries and 3 line separate line up areas for each of the specific tours. Each tour is 25.00 dollars and yes the ticket window staff will perfectly help you plan your tours. But back to this late arrival- we were sadden to arrive about 530 pm tours were closed and we had hope to see the movie - off to right in its own theatre building- a Hugh mega theatre big screen 40-45 min and thrill to catch the last but 600 pm showing. Advertisement read 515 last show but at visitor center it was listed as 600 pm perfect and very informative before any tour recommended. Now show is part of any ticket purchase but we bought tickets 8.00 per person and then reimbursed upon showing a tour ticket- must have original receipts for reimbursement. ( our next day return tours) most shop close about 5-600 pm with center open till 7-800 pm theirs the large indoor and some outdoor seating areas for cafeteria or your own bring in foods. The backside outdoors faces the castle way atop the hill but probably can’t see it as it is too far away but see the Hearst grazing ranchero of cattle and mixed in zebras!!! And of course herds of deer and elks the buses although school like bus seats were slow and if a hot sunny day are in air conditioned so grab a window seats as the bus moves slowly breezes are difficult. No food or gum just plain water do carry - you’ll be thankful. We chose the bedrooms, the kitchen and guest cottages and the designing tours to see more and deferred the most common tour through door 1 shuttle. All tours enter via a single entry so your photo is taken for purchase after your tour- I believe you can choose your background pose. At the center as said is cafeteria - hours unknown but food looked good and plentiful. In the seating area all walls had historical photos and cations to tell much of the Hearst story and times. We returned the next day from 1100 to 600 pm a very full day. Forget all the opulence and splendor and his hodgepodge era walls floors artifacts murals arts and painting statues sarcophagi etc and his affair with his mistress occupying the castle the wife abdicating to New York never to be seen again at the castle and the parents his mother only giving WR 10 grand a month which he childishly spent for decades till he finally inherited the whole of it all. And remember the history and times and what it brings and offers to those who visit- don’t mind the 500.00 tour to swim in his pools but visually enjoy it as it is.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank ASOPsports
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We booked 2 tours with a couple of hours inbetween but they were able to move them closer together. The place is run by efficient staff, like a well oiled machine. Defnitely worth the money, although if it is the off season, buy your tickets whenyou get there since the extra fee for online booking ($8 per ticket, if I remember correctly) is a bit outrageous.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank wjoon
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The views, The Art, the pools, The detail - All of it was absolutely amazing - One of the most beautiful places I have ever been able to experience.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank JennDaym0910
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We made a decision whilst taking a road trip along Highway 1 to read up about Hearst Castle and having done so, it was a must seen stop for us. We booked online and chose our preferred time and date for our visit and paid $25 dollars each for the tickets. We picked an early start time and it turned out to be the correct decision before too many people started arriving into the gardens. We arrived a little early and the helpful visitor centre staff asked if we would like to join the earlier party which was just about to leave. You take a short, but quite demanding drive on one of their old buses up the very private long winding road to the Castle/House. There is clear information and commentary on the bus. Once arrived we had a very young and knowledgeable guide who explained the History of this opulent, yet quirky, sometimes beautiful, often ugly property. It really is a must see, even if you just absorb yourself in the history, the ties to media publication and Mr. Hearst’s passion to entertain, especially actors, politicians etc. The logistics of how it was constructed, where the artefacts were sourced and the brilliance of a female architect.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Reacher33
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Absolutely loved all three tours and would recommend this to anyone who enjoys looking at castles/homes where furniture of the time is included. The guides were awesome and told you stories of the inhabitants and their guests. Everything was beautiful and its hard to believe one man could be so wealthy to have such a place with all its antiquities. My only negative is there is a limited time in each room and there is so much to see!! We had reserved tickets before we went but the lady at the ticket booth helped us rearrange them as I didn't know the ride up takes almost 15 min and I was coming down for lunch between tours. NOTE--you can bring a bottle of water--wish someone would have told us as we did all 3 tours in a row and even though there are water fountains they were warmer. Recommend they sell a bundle ticket as they know the timing required between the tours.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank gne4thewkend
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