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Hearst Castle

750 Hearst Castle Road, San Simeon, CA 93452-9740
+1 800-444-4445
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It took 28 years to complete William Randolph Hearst's lavish estate, which includes 165 rooms on 125 acres.
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good26%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“grand rooms tour” (600 reviews)
“visitor center” (384 reviews)
“neptune pool” (319 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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750 Hearst Castle Road, San Simeon, CA 93452-9740
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"grand rooms tour"
in 600 reviews
"visitor center"
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"neptune pool"
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"indoor pool"
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"evening tour"
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"the cottages"
in 156 reviews
"upstairs tour"
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"tour guide"
in 323 reviews
"main rooms"
in 84 reviews
"the kitchen"
in 153 reviews
"great rooms"
in 59 reviews
"casa grande"
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"the main house"
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"minute movie"
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"multiple tours"
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"alex trebek"
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"tennis courts"
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Reviewed yesterday

Never having been to Hearst Castle, my wife and I decided to take a short holiday in San Simeon. The Castle great rooms tour was excellent and full of historical pieces. Our guide (a retired teacher) took us on an oral and visual trip through...More

Thank 978donc
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Reviewed yesterday

This is a very interesting tour! We definitely want to go back to take some of the other tours, but we just did the basic grand rooms tour. It's a beautiful drive and view from Hearst Castle and a lovely place just to walk around...More

Thank Nikki W
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Reviewed yesterday

Hearst Castle is a fascinating place to visit. Allow a day to take in a couple of tours, spending time in the fabulous gardens while enjoying the magficent views and the excellent documentary at the end. The tour guides are really historians who have a...More

Thank Narelle P
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We didn't purchase tickets in advance but got them the day we arrived. We did go on a Monday in February. Amazing story of a man and his dream of a place way out in the middle of no where. Everyone we came in contact...More

Thank azsailor
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is an amazing attraction. It is not as large as the Biltmore in North Carolina but is more opulent. It is Ludwig's Lindenhof to his Neuschwanstein. Smaller but with more sparkle. We took the Grand Rooms tour as well as the Upstairs tour and...More

Thank KB9MNN
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We just revisited the hill top after 52 years. They have opened up additional areas for the public's view and the view out over the ocean and hillsides are still outstanding. We saw zebra and cattle on our drive up from the visitor's center where...More

Thank Marilyn S
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The castle was great, but the staff was very unfriendly. We were a group of four and I'm partially disabled and need a little folding walker to lean on, but can climb the stairs. I wasn't allowed to take the walker with me to the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I took my mom on a road trip along highway one in January during the rainy season. We were very lucky that it was not raining on the day when we visited Hearst Castle. The collection at the Castle is very vast and impressive. Our...More

Thank 911stellar
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The backstory alone on this extensive estate is worth the trip to San Simeon. Sitting atop the hills overlooking the ocean, the grounds are filled with zebras and other animals as the shuttle ferries you up to the castle. I was on limited time and...More

Thank KASGirl
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Initially visited 15 years ago and just had to go back. It is as over the top and as wonderfully tasteless as remembered. WR Hearst had money, wasn't afraid to spend it and this place is a fabulous monument to everything money can buy. If...More

1  Thank Malsville
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Sarah A
16 February 2018|
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Response from Joan H | Reviewed this property |
As with all projects either simple or complex, the job is taking far longer than expected. Latest completion date I’ve heard has been moved to “Spring”
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Frank F
5 February 2018|
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Response from grocks63 | Reviewed this property |
I'll check it out in San Luis Obispo, it's on my way north.
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3 February 2018|
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Response from vam518 | Reviewed this property |
I would not recommend doing three tours on one day. The Neptune pool should be open when you go.
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