Discover a lavish California castle dreamed to life by legendary newspaper tycoon, William Randolph Hearst. This tour includes two adult tickets to the daytime tour of your choice. Extra adult or child tickets are also available. Each tour lasts about 45 minutes and includes tickets to the 40 minute “Building The Dream” IMAX movie.
Hearst Castle – Building the Dream” is a movie that was produced exclusively for the Hearst Castle Theater. Breathtaking original cinematography combined with vintage clips and stills from the 1920s and 30s allows the construction and history of the Castle to come to life on a five-story screen. Shows begin every 45 minutes.
Grand Rooms Tour (least amount of stairs):
This tour is recommended for first-time visitors to the California estate. It also has the fewest stairs to climb. Every evening, W. R. Hearst’s guests gathered in the grand social rooms on the ground floor of Casa Grande (his formal name for the twin-towered building, or main house). Follow their footsteps as you travel back in time and experience what it was like to be a guest at The Enchanted Hill—known today as Hearst Castle, one of California’s top attractions. At the end of the guided portion of your tour, stroll on your own through the gardens and wander at your leisure around the Neptune Pool and the Roman Pool—just as Mr. Hearst’s guests did on their vacation in the 1920s and 1930s. Tour highlights include Assembly Room, Refectory, Billiard Room, Theater, Gardens, Neptune Pool and Roman Pool. Approximately 106 stairs, both up and down, and 2/3-mile route to walk.
Upstairs Suites Tour:
Explore the upper floors of this architectural wonder called Casa Grande—William Randolph Hearst’s name for the twin-towered structure commonly known as Hearst Castle. Ascend its winding staircases to discover the most personal rooms of the California mansion, including W. R. Hearst’s private quarters and also bedrooms assigned to his most honored guests of the home. More than seven thousand books line the walls of two huge libraries, and centuries-old art and furnishings fill every room of the historic home. As you climb, you’ll be treated to sweeping views of the gardens and the distant coastline of California’s Central Coast. At the conclusion of your tour, wander through the Castle’s historic grounds and admire the property’s two swimming pools at your leisure. Tour highlights include Doge’s Suite, Library, The Gothic Suite, Duplex Bedrooms, Gardens, Neptune Pool and Roman Pool. Approximately 273 stairs, both up and down, and a 3/4-mile route to walk.
Cottages and Kitchen Tour:
Discover two very different parts of this fascinating historic California attraction: tour some of the most personal rooms of the property and some of its most practical ones. View Mr. Hearst’s extensive wine cellar in the basement of the main house. Stroll through the historic gardens to the first building completed on the hilltop, the elegant guest cottage known as House B. Then compare its rooms to those in House A, the Hearst family’s private cottage, which always held a special place in W. R. Hearst’s heart. Conclude your tour of this impressive California attraction by visiting the Castle’s enormous kitchen to appreciate the complexities of entertaining visitors on a grand scale. Then tour the gardens and the property’s swimming pools at your leisure, enjoying the scenery offered by this grand California attraction that you have been glimpsing through the cottage windows. Tour highlights include the Wine Cellar, House B (Casa del Monte), House A (Casa del Mar), the Kitchen, Gardens, Neptune Pool and Roman Pool. Approximately 176 stairs, both up and down, and a 3/4-mile route to walk.
Accessibly Designed Grand Rooms Tour
The Accessibly Designed Grand Rooms Tour provides a glimpse into the life of an esteemed guest of W.R. Hearst. This tour is wheelchair accessible and is also designed for visitors who have difficulty climbing up and down stairs, or who cannot stand or walk for lengths of time. The Accessibly Designed Grand Rooms Tour visits the estate’s most opulent social gathering rooms to reveal what it was like to be a guest at The Enchanted Hill—known today as Hearst Castle. Wheelchairs up to 28 inches in width can be accommodated at the Castle. Wheelchairs are also available for special needs, at no additional charge.
- Tour time reservation set up for you according to your preference.
- Please call for current package price. (room rate not included)