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Hearst Castle In san Simeon, California

Located in San Simeon, California, Hearst Castle is a magnificent mansion, national landmark and state park. Built atop a hillside above the Pacific Ocean for wealthy newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, Casa Grande features a large collection of art and antiques, 56 bedrooms, 51 bathrooms and a movie theater. Explore the breathtaking estate with beautiful gardens covering over 120 acres, famous swimming pools, an airfield, tennis courts, a private zoo and scenic overlooks with sweeping views of the Central Coast and the Pacific Ocean. Hearst Castle offers several tours and events for would-be explorers.

 

Piedras Blancas Elephant Seals

Piedras Blancas Elephant Seals
Just a few minutes north of the castle grounds, off California Highway 1, the Piedras Blancas rookery is home to a world-famous natural sight. The elephant seals of Piedras Blancas number in the tens of thousands, migrating to the secluded beach twice each year. Some of the best times to visit the rookery are in late April, October and late January, but tourists travel to the beach year-round to see its famous residents. Plan a trip to Hearst Castle and see both attractions in one trip.

 

 
 

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Prices

  • Grand Rooms Tours: Adults: $25; Children $12
  • Upstairs Suites Tours: Adults: $25; Children $12
  • Cottages & Kitchen Tours: Adults: $25; Children $12
  • Evening Tour: Adults: $36; Children $18
 
 

Reservation Hours

  • March to Sept: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Mon-Sun
  • October to Feb: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mon-Fri
  • October to Feb: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Sat-Sun
 
 

Events

  • Christmas at the Castle
  • Weddings
  • Tours
 
 

Activities

  • Grand Rooms Tour
  • Upstairs Suites Tour
  • Cottages & Kitchen Tour
  • Evening Tour
  • The Gardens at Hearst Castle
  • Photography
 
 

FAQs

  • What kind of dining and shopping are on the grounds of Hearst Castle?

    Guests can enjoy a picnic lunch on the picnic tables provided outside the Visitor Center. There is also a Snack Bar and Espresso Bar at the castle. The Historic Sebastian’s General Store – Café, across Highway 101 from Hearst Castle, features Hearst Ranch grass-fed beef and Hearst Ranch Winery Tasting Room. Visitors can shop for books, souvenirs and accessories at the Gift Shop and Museum Shop.
  • Are there tours and is photography allowed?

    Hearst Castle offers four tours that explore the life of W. R. Hearst, including his collection of rare and ancient works of art. Encounter the majesty and beauty of this historic California treasure with a guided Hearst Castle tour. Photography is permitted both inside and outside the mansion and estate. Remember, flash photography is only permitted in the outdoor  grounds.
 

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