Hearst Castle Visitor Center

Historic Site, History Museum, and Food Court
San Simeon, CA 93452, United States
Hours:
Likely open (See when people check in)

People tend to check in during these times:

  • Today
    • 9:00 AM–4:00 PM
  • Mon–Tue
    • 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
  • Wed–Thu
    • 9:00 AM–4:00 PM
  • Fri
    • 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
  • Sat
    • 8:00 AM–7:00 PM
Credit Cards:
Yes
6.7/10

Based on 61 votes

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  • Milen

    The ladies at the information desk are nice

    Milen · November 7, 2014
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  • Liz .

    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.

    Liz 🐲 · September 15, 2014
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  • Liz .

    No food or gum allowed in the castle so eat beforehand.

    Liz 🐲 · September 15, 2014
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  • Liz .

    Bring your own water or buy some before your shuttle bus! You'll get thirsty during the tour and wandering the gardens.

    Liz 🐲 · September 15, 2014
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  • Salvador .

    Nice selection of hats at the gift shop.

    Salvador 🐒 · September 15, 2014
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  • Emmisaur

    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.

    Emmisaur · May 31, 2014
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  • Jay L.

    Eat before you go up, no food or drinks allowed at the Castle, only bottled water

    Jay Lambert · September 30, 2013
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  • Pepe D.

    A lil expensive...

    Pepe De La Torre · September 1, 2013
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  • Cowboy J.

    Get your TIX right away. The upper bedroom tour is one of the best.

    Cowboy Joe · July 22, 2013
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  • M Lauren H.

    California is delicately showcased at this state park. The ride up the mountain is worth the steep entrance fee. Go & enjoy the architecture & vast panoramic views of San Simeon's natural offerings.

    M Lauren Hill · July 14, 2013
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  • Tracy F.

    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.

    Tracy Ferkler · June 24, 2013
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  • Justin C.

    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.

    Justin Cato · May 8, 2013
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  • Maureen V.

    Water is $3 and drinks are over $4!

    Maureen V · April 21, 2013
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  • Maureen V.

    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.

    Maureen V · April 21, 2013
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  • Zachary P.

    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.

    Zachary Pennington · March 27, 2013
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  • Kristoffer

    Don't forget to bring your water bottles in with you as they are allowed!

    Kristoffer · September 30, 2012
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  • Brian

    Very dirty bathrooms

    Brian · May 6, 2012
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  • Santiago C.

    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

    Santiago Caicedo · September 2, 2011
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  • Dennis E.

    Sit on the right side of the bus on the trip up to the castle. You'll have better views to take pictures

    Dennis Enser · July 22, 2011
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  • Smithsonian Channel

    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

    Smithsonian Channel · June 23, 2011
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  • lisa s.

    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.

    lisa sanchez · June 11, 2011
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  • Elke D.

    Stay away. They're only after your money with their restricted tours. European castles are real, accessible and cheaper. VERY disappointed

    Elke De Pourcq · April 14, 2011
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  • Elke D.

    Prices and hours are nowhere to be seen, i think that's rude.

    Elke De Pourcq · April 14, 2011
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