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Hearst Castle

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750 Hearst Castle Rd, San Simeon, CA, 93452

The Basics

Construction of Hearst’s Moorish-style castle began in 1919, and it was his private residence until his death in 1951. La Cuesta Encantada, which means “enchanted hill,” opened to visitors in 1958. Today Hearst Castle is a National Historic Landmark and California Historical Landmark. The home is furnished with items collected on Mr. Hearst’s travels, such as monastery ceilings, Byzantine tapestries, Spanish and Italian artworks, and gaping fireplaces from Gothic castles. In its heyday, Hearst Castle also boasted the world’s largest private zoo.

To see any of the castle or grounds, you must purchase one of the tours offered. The Grand Rooms Tour, which includes the Assembly Room, refectory, gardens, theater, Neptune Pool, and Roman Pool, is the most popular. Highlights on other tours include the Casa Grande, the guest houses, and Casa del Sol, in addition to the main house. Evening tours are also available—a great way to beat the Central Coast’s summer heat.

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The Original Hearst Castle & Paso Robles Wine Country Tour
The Original Hearst Castle & Paso Robles Wine Country Tour
$173.34 per adult
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Hearst Castle wine tour
Had a great time. Lars was very knowledgeable and happy to impart great tidbits of the area wines. He even stopped when we spotted the wild zebras and let us take pictures!! Congratulations to Lars and his wife on soon to be parents!!
Teresa_L, Mar 2020

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Hearst Castle!
Rita_C, Mar 2020
The Original Hearst Castle & Paso Robles Wine Country Tour from San Luis Obispo
We had an amazing time!! Our tour guide, Lars, was incredibly knowledgeable, funny, and kind. We was punctual and the tour went off without a hitch. We give this tour two thumbs up, way up!!
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Toast Tours is Great!
dldrew, Dec 2019
The Original Hearst Castle & Paso Robles Wine Country Tour from San Luis Obispo
We had a fun day that was personalized for our interests. Lars was very accommodating and informative. Look forward to another adventure on our next trip.
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Birthday Treat
MaryAnn_B, Nov 2019
The Original Hearst Castle & Paso Robles Wine Country Tour
I treated myself for my Birthday and went to Paso Robles. I booked this tour and was very anxious about the outcome. I was pleasantly surprised. Lars the driver and guide made the trip very enjoyable. He is very knowledgable and personable. He is very well versed in the Paso Robles history. I would totally recommend this tour. Thank you Lars for making by Birthday weekend special!
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Great fun!
Keith_A, Oct 2019
The Original Hearst Castle & Paso Robles Wine Country Tour
This was a great experience. Our driver, Lars, was very knowledgeable and helpful. He was well organized and had excellent recommendations. I would do this trip again!
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Adam_F, Aug 2019
The Original Hearst Castle & Paso Robles Wine Country Tour
This tour was honestly way better than expected. We did so much more than just hop around. The guide we were with made the trip even better. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone looking to have a great time!! Thank you, Lars!
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Great experience
Passport33490569154, May 2019
The Original Hearst Castle & Paso Robles Wine Country Tour from San Luis Obispo
Lars is a great guide, knows a lot of history and the selected places and the time allotted for each stop was planned perfectly... It exceeded my expectations.... Thank you for a Great Tour
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Awesome World-Class Tour with Lars
Denise_S, Jul 2019
The Original Hearst Castle & Paso Robles Wine Country Tour
We recently did a Hearst Castle and Wine tour with Lars from Toast Tours. From the moment the tour started, we were having a blast. Lars is extremely knowledgeable about the local geography, geology and oenology. He had wonderful recommendations for lunch after Hearst Castle. For the wine portion of the tour, Lars took us to three of his favorite vineyards. Each vineyard and winery gave us a unique and diverse experience of the local offerings. Each winery highlighted unique wines and practices that were representative of Paso Robles' distinct wine-growing micro climates. I could tell that Lars had diligently thought out which series of wineries and in what order, would best showcase the special elements of Central Coast wine. I would take this tour again and I recommend you do if you're a lover of history and superb wines.
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Fantastic Day with Toast Tours!
Fiona_M, Apr 2019
The Original Hearst Castle & Paso Robles Wine Country Tour
What a wonderful trip to Hearst Castle and the wineries in the Paso Robles region. Our driver and guide Lars, of Toast Tours, was so friendly and very knowledgeable. Hearst Castle was amazing, especially the ostentatious swimming pools. The guide at Hearst Castle knew her stuff and we were able to wander around on our own outside after the official tour had finished. After having a pleasant lunch in nearby Cambria, we progressed to the wineries. We visited two, and got a ride round the vineyards at one. Everyone at the wineries was very friendly and we learned so much about the wines produced in the region. We finished at Tin City in Paso Robles - a collection of buildings and barns, each one offering food and drink. We sampled local ciders and it was the end to a very good day. Hats off to Lars who was an amazing guide - he even managed to pull off the road near Hearst Castle where we were able to witness, albeit it from a distance, zebras (descendants of those from the long defunct Hearst Zoo) grazing with cattle on the grassland next to the highway. Thank you Lars and Toast Tours!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Reserve tickets or a tour ahead of time for this popular attraction; admission is available up to 56 days in advance on the site.

  • There is a handicap- and wheelchair-accessible tour available in the evening during spring and fall that skips much of the walking and stair climbing.

  • The only dining option with food for purchase is at the Visitor Center.

  • Temperatures in San Simeon can be high in the summer, and there is a considerable amount of walking and stair climbing involved.

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How to Get There

Reach Hearst Castle from the north via Highway 101 to Paso Robles. The castle’s entrance is about five miles (eight kilometers) inland, atop the Santa Lucia Range, about five miles (eight kilometers) north of Hearst San Simeon State Park. Alternatively, book a tour from Paso Robles or Los Angeles that includes transportation.

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When to Get There

Hearst Castle is open from 9am every day, except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Summer temperatures can be quite high; a spring or fall visit is lovely. Holiday time at the castle brings the Holiday Twilight Tour, with twinkling lights and decorations galore.

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Star Power

During Hearst’s heyday in the 1920s and ’30s, he often entertained stars from Hollywood and members of the political elite. Famous guests included politicos Winston Churchill, Calvin Coolidge, and Franklin Roosevelt; and entertainers Charlie Chaplin, Clark Gable, Cary Grant, Joan Crawford, the Marx Brothers, and Greta Garbo.

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