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Hearst Castle

750 Hearst Castle Rd, San Simeon, California 93452 USA

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Santa Barbara, Solvang and Hearst Castle Day Trip from Los Angeles

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
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“one of the largest historic homes in the U.S.”

Hearst Castle is one of the largest of approximately 5,000 historic house museums in the U.S., with one of the most sophisticated guided tour programs in the country. Once the home of William Randolph Hearst, California State Parks strives to keep the estate looking like a private residence.

The historic museum tours take the visitor back into time through the interpretation of a combination of many aspects regarding the historic California estate, including William Randolph Hearst and his family, and the collection, architecture, gardens and lifestyle at the Castle. Formal guide training is an integral aspect of Hearst Castle.

Construction for the first of two Hearst Castle pools, the Neptune Pool, spanned 1924-1936. Three swimming pools were built on this site, each successively larger. Initial plans for the site called for a “Temple Garden” with an ornamental pool and temple structure. 

The Roman Pool
Located immediately before you board the bus back to the Visitor Center, the intensely detailed, indoor Roman Pool is the perfect place to stop and reflect. Modeled after ancient Roman baths, this meticulously detailed, majestic pool is tiled from ceiling to floor, and features eight statues of Roman gods, goddesses and heroes.

The Neptune Pool
Continue the tour at your own pace to the dramatic and impressive Neptune Pool, and be sure to walk around the colonnades and Cassou statutes that provided the setting for lavish pool parties and lively social gatherings.

Castle tour guides are initially trained a total of 168 hours with additional in-service training and ongoing independent study between tours, resulting in a high quality interpretive experience for all who visit this magnificent California vacation attraction known as “The Enchanted Hill.”

Explore the upper floors of this architectural wonder called Casa Grande—William Randolph Hearst’s name for the twin-towered structure commonly known as Hearst Castle. Ascend its winding staircases to discover the most personal rooms of the California mansion.

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  • 2 Reviews
  • 8 Helpful
July 06, 2014

Fabulous place! Has several different tours so be sure to check the website and plan the tour ahead of time - will save you time and effort getting there so you can do more in your trip!

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Leticia Corona

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  • 13 Helpful
April 20, 2014

It gets very cold up there, so be sure to take a jacket.

3 people found this review helpful

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  • 24 Reviews
  • 10 Helpful
December 22, 2014
Rated 5.0

I would come to this amazing place all of the time if I could. San Simeon is beautiful alone, but the Hearst Castle is a must-see! I was in awe of the architecture and it's history - the grounds were something out of a movie or painting. I also loved the wildlife surrounding the grounds, especially the zebras! Please make this a stop on your coastal CA trip, even if you can only get in one tour, it will be worth it. I would love to spend a night here, especially around the holidays!

1 person found this review helpful

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  • 5 Helpful
December 01, 2014
Rated 4.0

This was one of my planned stops for a epic road trip from LA to Seattle. We got here a little late and just walked around the visitor center. I promised my fiancé we would come back and take the tour.

1 person found this review helpful

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  • 6 Helpful
November 01, 2014
Rated 5.0

Really a great place full of history! Do not miss the Hearst ranch deli across the street! You must try one of their hamburgers! OMG!! Yum!

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  • 1 Helpful
October 27, 2014
Rated 5.0

Such a beautiful place -I can't wait to go back! I strongly recommend that you make reservations. Tours fill up fast and You don't want to drive all the way there just to be turned away.

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  • 12 Helpful
October 06, 2014

Couldn't visit the castle unfortunately. Note: make sure you get there before 5 or 6 o'clock otherwise you will not be able to do the tour.

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  • 1 Helpful
September 23, 2014
Rated 4.0

Amazing! Beautiful and interesting. Definitely worth every penny, and I'll be back to do the other tours! The only thing was the food servers were rude, but the tour guide and everyone else were extremely nice.

1 person found this review helpful

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Tatiana Danger

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August 30, 2014
Rated 4.0

A trip to Big Sur wouldn't be complete without stopping at Hearst Castleand gawking at the newspaper baron's massively gaudy estate. It's seriously so decadent it'd make Liberace blush. Great place for history buffs.

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June 05, 2014

Mom and I went here a couple years ago it was the most beautiful place I've been

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Hearst Castle

750 Hearst Castle Rd
San Simeon, California
93452 USA


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  • Independent
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  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • Outdoor Seating
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