Travel in time at Hearst Castle

A museum like no other!

Visit one of the most lavish castles in California - The Hearst Castle in San Simeon! This castle was built in 1947 for publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst. There are 165 rooms, 127 acres of gardens, 2 stunning pools and lots of fountains. It's easy to spend a full day exploring this gem and soaking in the beautiful weather of the Central Coast. There are a variety of tours available. GRAND ROOMS TOUR is recommended if you are visiting the first time. All the tours allow you to enjoy both pools and you are free to explore the gardens on your own!

Perfect For

  • Learn some history

  • Cultural date

  • Historic touring

  • Castle exploration with family

  • Solo touring

Location & Hours

Mon8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tue8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wed8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thu8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Fri8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sat8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sun8:00 AM - 5:00 PM


  1. Make a reservation online or call 1-800-444-4445
  2. Arrive 25 minutes early to the parking lot
  3. Take a bus to the castle
  4. Enjoy your tour
  5. Take a lot of photos
  6. Once done exploring the castle, take a bus back to the parking lot

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Q & A

Tour reservations are strongly encouraged. Please call 1-800-444-4445 or make a reservation online.

The Hearst Castle Theater will be showing the breathtaking film, “Hearst Castle – Building the Dream” every 45 minutes throughout the day.

We are offering the following tours: Grand Rooms, Accessibly Designed Grand Rooms, Cottages and Kitchen, Upstairs Suites, Designing the Dream, and the semi-private Julia Morgan tour.

To help ensure public safety, all tours will be escorted by our tour guides from the time you step off the bus at the hilltop, to when you reboard your bus for the return trip to the Visitor Center. Visitors may not explore the Castle indoors nor outdoors independently.

All tours at Hearst Castle require bus shuttle services for safety and security.

All visitors should allow themselves ample time for arrival and the tour experience. Please plan to arrive 25 minutes prior to the scheduled tour time. This will allow for parking, amenities and tour ticket pick up.

Rules & Safety

Reservations can be made, changed, or cancelled at or by calling 1-800-444-4445. Changes to tour date or time: no additional charge if made in advance. A non-refundable registration fee per ticket and a $7.00 per cart fee will be charged for cancellations.


$30 admission/tour ticket