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Hearst CastleHearst Castle

Hearst Castle rises above the clouds on many days of the year and appears to be floating on the mist. Positioned high on a hill some 1600 feet above sea level, Hearst Castle looks out over the Pacific Ocean and the surrounding countryside.

Built over a period of 28 years by William Randolph Hearst, the Castle was considered a mere “ranch.” Take at least one of the Hearst Castle tours of this “ranch” and discover the magnificent pools, gardens, and sculptures that make this ranch a treasure-filled wonder. Hearst Castle contains many priceless treasures and works of art. Grand rooms with 15th-century carved ceilings house ancient Greek vases and Egyptian sculpture. The library contains rare Greek and Roman antiquities in addition to 4,000 books. Outside the Castle, beyond the manicured gardens, sheep, deer, and zebra roam the grounds. These animals are descendants of William Randolph Hearst’s private zoo.

Five Hearst Castle tours are available, all exploring different areas of the Castle and different aspects of the lifestyle of William Randolph Hearst and his friends. An experienced guide will enhance your Hearst Castle experience by leading your Hearst Castle tour.

Tour One

Tour Two

Tour Three

Tour Four

Tour Five

The best of the Hearst Castle tours if you want an overview of the Castle

This tour focuses on the architecture of the Castle. Many rooms of the main house are explored on this tour

Contrasts the rooms built in the early years of construction with the more spacious rooms built later

One of the seasonal Hearst Castle tours that explores the gardens, Wine Cellar and Pool Rooms

Docents dressed in period costume bring Hearst Castle to life during this seasonal tour

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Tour One

Duration: 1 Hour 45 Minutes

Description: This tour, known as the Experience Tour, presents the best overview of Hearst Castle and is the best tour for first-time visitors to the Castle. Tour One, as with all tours, begins at the Visitor Center at the foot of the hill. Guests board a bus and hear a short history of the Castle as they are driven up the “Enchanted Hill.” Once at the top of the hill, guests alight and enter the opulent world of William Randolph Hearst.

Tour One includes:

  •  Casa del Sol - one of the three guest houses on the hill

  •  Casa Grande – the main house

  •  The Assembly Room

  •  The Refectory

  •  The Morning Room

  •  The Billiard Room

  •  The Theater

  •  The outdoor Neptune Pool

  •  The indoor Roman Pool

  •  Large screen movie “Hearst Castle – Building the Dream”

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Tour Two

Duration: 1 Hour 45 Minutes

Description: Tour Two focuses on the architecture of Hearst Castle and takes you into a number of rooms in the main house including the Doge’s Suite, Library, Kitchen and Pantry. 

Tour Two includes:

  •  The Doges Suite

  •  The Cloisters

  •  The Library

  •  The Gothic Suite

  •  The outdoor Neptune Pool

  •  The indoor Roman Pool

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Tour Three

Duration: 1 Hour 45 Minutes

Description: Tour Three provides an overview of construction and contrasts the rooms built in the early years of construction with the more spacious rooms built later. Unfinished portions of construction are shown on the North Terrace, which was to have become the Grand Entrance to the Castle. All ten rooms of the guesthouse Casa del Monte are shown on Tour Three. This guesthouse overlooks the Santa Lucia mountains.

Tour Three includes:

  •  The North Terrace

  •  Casa Del Monte - One of the three guest houses

  •  North Wing of Casa Grande

  •  Video of construction using film and photographs from the 1920s and 1930s

  •  The outdoor Neptune Pool

  •  The indoor Roman Pool

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Tour Four

Duration: 1 Hour 45 Minutes

Description: Tour Four is a seasonal tour that explores the gardens, Wine Cellar and Pool Dressing Rooms of Hearst Castle. Some of the earlier gardens at the Castle have only recently been rediscovered and restored; these gardens can be explored along with the Wine Cellar and seventeen colorfully painted Dressing Rooms near the Neptune Pool. In addition, time is spent in Casa del Mar, a guesthouse where William Randolph Hearst spent his final years at the Castle.

Tour Four includes:

  •  Hidden Terrace

  •  Neptune Pool Dressing Rooms

  •  Gardens and Grounds

  •  Casa del Mar

  •  Wine Cellar of Casa Grande

  •  The outdoor Neptune Pool

  •  The indoor Roman Pool

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Tour Five

Duration: 2 Hours 10 Minutes

Description: This tour is a seasonal tour that features areas covered in Tours One, Two, and Four, but includes docents dressed in period costume. These docents bring Hearst Castle to life and make you feel as if you are a guest of William Randolph Hearst back in the 1930s.

Where you go Hearst Castle is North of Cambria on Highway One

What you do Hearst Castle tours depart from the visitors center at the foot of the hill

When to go Reservations are strongly recommended. Call 1-800-444-4445

If you like Hearst Castle, continue North on Highway One for the Elephant Seal Rookery

 

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