Hearst Castle Visitor Center

Historic Site, History Museum, and Food Court
San Simeon
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  • lisa s.
    "Great time here at Hearst Castle for first time visitors."(3 Tips)
    Zachary P.
    "I concur about the right side of the bus."(3 Tips)
    Cowboy J.
    "The upper bedroom tour is one of the best."(7 Tips)
    Dennis E.
    "You'll have better views to take pictures"(2 Tips)
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  • Zachary P.
    Zachary PenningtonMarch 27, 2013
    I concur about the right side of the bus. Sit on the right side going up and the left side going down. Also key to grab a seat where you can have access to an open window.
  • Tracy F.
    Tracy FerklerJune 24, 2013
    This site was stunning. Not only were the views awesome but our tour guide Suzie was one if the best tour guides I have ever had in my years of touring historic sites.
  • lisa s.
    lisa sanchezJune 11, 2011
    Great time here at Hearst Castle for first time visitors. The weather is sweet. The staff was knowledgeable. CALI4NIA history here. Would recomend this trip. Not for kids.
  • Santiago C.
    Santiago CaicedoSeptember 2, 2011
    Un-update exhibition museum. It need to be update and turn the experience in the museum into exciting. The collection is amazing and eclectic though
  • Liz .
    Liz 🐲September 15, 2014
    Bring your own water or buy some before your shuttle bus! You'll get thirsty during the tour and wandering the gardens.
  • Liz .
    Liz 🐲September 15, 2014
    The movie on WR Hearst seems a bit contrived and one-sided (unsurprisingly) but neat to see some of the footage and story of the building.
  • Emmisaur
    EmmisaurMay 31, 2014
    we didn't have time to go up to the castle but the visitor's center is a good place to stop for food or restrooms if you're on the PCH.
  • Kristoffer
    KristofferSeptember 30, 2012
    Don't forget to bring your water bottles in with you as they are allowed!
  • Maureen V.
    Maureen VApril 21, 2013
    Eat something before you get on the bus. No food allowed at the Castle. We had two tours scheduled so we were up there all afternoon. We ate at one of the places in the center.
  • Smithsonian Channel
    Smithsonian ChannelJune 23, 2011
    Built by William Randolph Hearst in 1919, this sprawling estate served as the inspiration for Xanadu in “Citizen Kane” and covers an area nearly half the size of Rhode Island. (From Aerial America) Read more
  • Dennis E.
    Dennis EnserJuly 22, 2011
    Sit on the right side of the bus on the trip up to the castle. You'll have better views to take pictures
  • Cowboy J.
    Cowboy JoeJuly 22, 2013
    Get your TIX right away. The upper bedroom tour is one of the best.
  • Jay L.
    Jay LambertSeptember 30, 2013
    Eat before you go up, no food or drinks allowed at the Castle, only bottled water
  • Milen
    MilenNovember 7, 2014
    The ladies at the information desk are nice
  • Maureen V.
    Maureen VApril 21, 2013
    Water is $3 and drinks are over $4!
  • Salvador .
    Salvador 🐒September 15, 2014
    Nice selection of hats at the gift shop.
  • Justin C.
    Justin CatoMay 8, 2013
    They charge 10¢ for a paper bag to carry the mug I bought at the gift shop?!? Ridiculous! Reading through the other tips I guess I shouldn't be surprised.
  • Liz .
    Liz 🐲September 15, 2014
    No food or gum allowed in the castle so eat beforehand.
  • Elke D.
    Elke De PourcqApril 14, 2011
    Stay away. They're only after your money with their restricted tours. European castles are real, accessible and cheaper. VERY disappointed
  • Elke D.
    Elke De PourcqApril 14, 2011
    Prices and hours are nowhere to be seen, i think that's rude.
  • Pepe D.
    Pepe De La TorreSeptember 1, 2013
    A lil expensive...
  • Brian
    BrianMay 6, 2012
    Very dirty bathrooms
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