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Hearst Castle at San Luis Obispo

Hearst Castle

750 Hearst Castle Rd, San Simeon, California, 93452
Category: Attractions
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Before you go

California's Famous Castle on the Hill

Situated on 250,000 acres overlooking the Pacific Ocean in San Simeon, historic Hearst Castle is one of California's most visited landmarks. This unique mansion, designed by famous architect Julia Morgan, features 165 rooms surrounded by acres of landscaped gardens, swimming pools, and terraces. Inside the castle is Hearst's world-class art collection, antiques and a variety of personal items. Visitors can enjoy guided tours through the home and explore the visitor center for more information about the castle's unique history.


Hours -

Open daily from 9am, except Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

Price -

Standard tour tickets are $25 for adults, $12 for children under age 12. Special tour prices vary.


  • Special evening tours
  • Christmas at the Castle
  • Weddings & events


  • Visitors center
  • Tours
  • Hearst Castle Theater
  • Dining
  • Shopping

Hearst Castle Tours

Visitors have a choice of tour options, including the Grand Rooms tour. Recommended for first timers, this tour hits all of the ground floor highlights, such as the assembly room, the billiard room and the theater as well as the famous Neptune Pool. The Grand Rooms tour is the busiest of all choices, so if you’re looking to avoid the crowds, choose the cottages & kitchens or the upstairs suites tours.

Dining at Hearst Castle

Hearst Castle offers a range of great dining options for visitors to enjoy. From grab-and-go coffee and deli sandwiches to gourmet, boxed lunches, there are plenty of choices for eating on the run. If you’re looking for a sit-down meal, head to the Chef’s Galley Café for casual atmosphere and delicious soups, salads, pasta dishes and more. Or, try the Camp Hill BBQ for delicious grilled favorites and sides like ranch beans and cole slaw.


  • What should I know before I go?

    Reserving your tickets online in advance is highly recommended. Plan for at least 30 minutes to explore the visitors center and pick up your tickets before boarding the tour bus. Wear comfortable walking shoes because there is an abundance of stairs at the castle.
  • Points of Interest

    Be sure to visit the theater, where you can watch the movie, Hearst Castle: Building the Dream. After your tour, take time to explore the gardens and linger by the stunning Neptune Pool.

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