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The Hearst Castle tours provide visitors with an opportunity to see what life was like as a guest of William Randolph Hearst, as well as a chance to explore his private collection of ancient and rare works of art. Visitors can experience the beauty of the historical mansion first-hand with a guided tour, including accessibly designed tours. The Grand Rooms Tour, the first tour developed for Hearst Castle, is recommended for those visiting the estate for the first time. The tour gathers in the grand social rooms of the castle's largest house, Casa Grande. The Grand Rooms Tour has the least amount of stairs to climb.
Casa Grande's upper floors are explored in the Upstairs Suites Tour. During the tour, visitors climb the winding staircases to experience how William Randolph Hearst and his guests lived at Hearst Castle. The Cottages and Kitchen Tour explores a handful of the most personal rooms of the estate, as well as some of the most practical rooms. The industrial-sized kitchen and Hearst's beloved Casa del Mar are included in this tour.
The Hearst Castle Evening Tour, offered during the spring and fall, allows visitors to experience the historic mansion during the evening hours. This tour takes visitors back in time as staff and guests dress in 1930's period clothing, and wander throughout Hearst Castle as part of the Living History Program.
The Designing the Dream Tour focuses on the design and construction of the Enchanted Hill, exploring the development of the historic estate from the 1920s to the final touches in the 1940's. Hearst Castle is the only California State Park accredited by the American Alliance of Museums as an art museum. The Art of San Simeon Tour explores the works of art at the castle.
The castle's Holiday Twilight Tour invites visitors to experience numerous holiday decoration abundant with Christmas trees, including a unique poinsettia tree and two towering trees. Hearst Castle also offers several different tours for schools and group, as well a private tour option for up to six people. Visitors are allowed to stay on the hilltop between and after the day tours to explore the gardens and pools at their own pace.
750 Hearst Castle Rd, San Simeon, CA 93452
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