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    Reserve your tickets Plan Your Visit News Updates Search for Tuesday February 9 2016 Tweet A museum like no other Visitors have a rare opportunity to see the white marble floor of the empty Neptune Pool while it undergoes restoration The pool was initially drained because of leaks but the action was also part of a larger water conservation effort at Hearst Castle during the current severe drought Casa del Mar Spanish for House of the Sea offers breathtaking views of California s pristine Central Coast and the Pacific Ocean The most formal and elaborately decorated cottage on The Enchanted Hill Casa del Mar was also where W R Hearst spent his last years at the Castle William Randolph Hearst started to build a fabulous estate on his ranchland overlooking the village of San Simeon in 1919 He called the estate La Cuesta Encantada Spanish for The Enchanted Hill By 1947 the hilltop complex included a twin towered main building three sumptuous guesthouses and 127 acres of terraced gardens fountains and pools The fanciful Gothic Study is the centerpiece of Hearst s private suite on the third floor of Casa Grande the main building of the hilltop estate at San Simeon He previewed his newspapers every night here before printing The concrete arches were decorated by Camille Solon in 1934 35 but the historic Spanish ceiling dates from the early 1400s Get Directions Hours Rates Summer Open Daily 9 00 a m Fall Open Daily 9 00 a m Thanksgiving Day Closed Winter Open Daily 9 00 a m Christmas Day Closed New Year s Day Closed Spring Open Daily 9 00 a m Ticket Prices Starting At 25 Adults 12 Children Ages 5 12 Under 5 free Buy Tickets Featured Tours View All Grand Rooms Tour Grand Rooms Tour

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  • Hearst Castle Tour Details, Availability and Reservations
    Day Closed Winter Open Daily 9 00 a m Christmas Day Closed New Year s Day Closed Spring Open Daily 9 00 a m Ticket Prices Starting At 25 Adults 12 Children Ages 5 12 Under 5 free Buy Tickets Hearst Castle Tours Reserve tickets online up to 56 days in advance to tour Hearst Castle a museum unlike any other in the USA and one that s not to be missed From experiencing what life was like as a guest of W R Hearst to exploring his personal collection of rare and ancient works of art encounter the majesty and beauty of this historical treasure first hand with a guided Hearst Castle tour We also offer accessibly designed tours for visitors Grand Rooms Tour Gather in the grand social rooms of Casa Grande the largest house at Hearst Castle to experience what it was like to be a guest at this hilltop retreat Recommended for first time visitors this tour also has the fewest stairs to climb Explore Grand Rooms Tour Upstairs Suites Tour Explore the upper floors of Casa Grande the formal name for the main house and ascend its winding staircases to see how media mogul William Randolph Hearst and his esteemed guests lived at the Castle Explore Upstairs Suites Tour Cottages Kitchen Tour Discover two very different parts of this fascinating historic attraction some of the most personal rooms of the property and some of its most practical ones including Hearst s beloved Casa del Mar and the industrial sized kitchen Explore Cottages Kitchen Tour Evening Tour Offered every spring and fall the Evening Tour allows visitors to travel back in time and view the historic California mansion in the twilight and evening hours Guests and staff dress in 1930s period attire and meander about the

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  • Grand Rooms Tour Details, Overview and Map
    a m Grand Rooms Tour Recommended for first time visitors Tour Hearst Castle s opulent social rooms to see what it was like to be a guest of W R Hearst Overview 60 Minutes Guided Tour Recommended for first time visitors Tour highlights include Assembly Room Refectory Billiard Room Theater Gardens Neptune Pool and Roman Pool Reservations strongly encouraged Accessibly Designed Tour also available Includes ticket to Building the Dream at Hearst Castle Theater Ticket Prices Starting At 25 Adults 12 Children 5 through 12 Buy Tickets Every evening W R Hearst s guests gathered in the splendid social rooms on the ground floor of Casa Grande his formal name for the main house Follow in their footsteps as you travel back in time and experience what it was like to be a guest at Hearst Castle known then as The Enchanted Hill Physical Requirements The Grand Rooms Tour is 60 minutes long The route includes approximately 159 steps both up and down and 2 3 mile walk An Accessibly Designed Grand Rooms Tour is also available for those who may have difficulty standing and walking for extended periods of time It is wheelchair accessible Tour Changes and Cancellation Policy Subject to availability changes in tour date or time can be made for a fee of 3 50 per ticket Cancellations can be made up to one hour before the tour s start time by calling 1 800 695 2269 A 7 00 cancellation fee and a 3 50 service fee per ticket will be charged Visit the Grounds Assembly Room 1 Refectory 2 Billiard Room 3 Theater 4 The Gardens 5 Neptune Pool 6 Roman Pool 7 All Tours Include Bus Ride to and From the Castle Board the Hearst Castle bus at the Visitor Center to start your 5 mile ascent to the top of the Enchanted Hill a journey narrated by Alex Trebek of Jeopardy At the conclusion of every daytime tour visitors will have the chance to revisit the Neptune Pool and Roman Pool or explore the gardens at their own leisure After you ve finished touring board the bus to head back to the Visitor Center and experience a new route home including the vestiges of the bear pits that were built for Hearst s renowned private Zoo 1 Assembly Room Gather in the grand social room on the ground floor of Casa Grande just as W R Hearst s guests did decades ago for cocktails conversation and to meet their host Admire the magnificent room s walnut paneling Renaissance and Baroque tapestries and masterpieces of neoclassical sculpture 2 Refectory Mr Hearst and architect Julia Morgan named the dining room after the word for a monastery s dining hall Its high windows bright silk banners and gleaming silver candlesticks convey the atmosphere of the Middle Ages but the mustard and ketchup bottles show that Mr Hearst liked to keep things informal at his ranch 3 Billiard Room The Billiard Room was a popular spot where

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  • Upstairs Suites Tour Details, Overview and Map
    Suite Library The Gothic Suite Duplex Bedrooms Celestial Suite Gardens Neptune Pool and Roman Pool Reservations strongly encouraged Includes ticket to Building the Dream at Hearst Castle Theater Ticket Prices Starting At 25 Adults 12 Children 5 through 12 Buy Tickets Wind your way up spiral staircases to the upper floors of this remarkable architectural wonder to discover its most private rooms including William Randolph Hearst s personal quarters known as the Gothic Suite and sumptuous bedrooms assigned to special guests Once at the top relish the sweeping views of the lush Castle grounds and the distant shoreline of California s Central Coast Physical Requirements The Upstairs Suites Tour is 60 minutes long and consists of approximately 332 stairs both up and down and a 3 4 mile route to walk For those who have difficulty walking or standing for lengths of time we recommend Accessibly Designed Tours Tour Changes and Cancellation Policy Subject to availability changes in tour date or time can be made for a fee of 3 50 per ticket Cancellations can be made up to one hour before the tour start time by calling 1 800 695 2269 with a 7 00 cancellation fee and a 3 50 service fee per ticket Visit the Grounds Doge s Suite 1 Main Library 2 The Gothic Suite 3 Duplex Bedrooms 4 The Gardens 5 Neptune Pool 6 Roman Pool 7 Celestial Suite 8 All Tours Include Bus Ride to and From the Castle Board the Hearst Castle bus at the Visitor Center to start your 5 mile ascent to the top of the Enchanted Hill a journey narrated by Alex Trebek of Jeopardy At the conclusion of every daytime tour visitors will have the chance to revisit the Neptune Pool and Roman Pool or explore the gardens at their own leisure After you ve finished touring board the bus to head back to the Visitor Center and experience a new route home including the vestiges of the bear pits that were built for Hearst s renowned private Zoo 1 Doge s Suite Step into the richly decorated Doge s Suite which was inspired by the ornate chambers of Venice s famed Doge s Palace Admire the magnificent painted antique ceiling marble balcony and mountain views that welcomed guests here decades ago 2 Main Library This imposing library intended for Mr Hearst s guests houses more than 4 000 books and also showcases one of the Castle s most treasured collections 150 ancient Greek vases all more than two thousand years old At 80 feet in length and filled with precious objects the Library makes a grand statement 3 The Gothic Suite Hearst Castle s third floor consists of W R Hearst s private space in addition to some of his most treasured collections and sacred objects Wander through the suite s two bedrooms and private sitting room that he and Marion Davies occupied after exploring the soaring and mysterious church like Gothic Study where he worked 4 Duplex

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  • Cottages and Kitchen Tour Details, Overview and Map
    to the sumptuous guest house where Mr Hearst first resided see personal and practical sides of the Castle Overview 60 Minutes Guided Tour Tour highlights include the Wine Cellar House B Casa del Monte House A Casa del Mar the Kitchen Gardens Neptune Pool and Roman Pool Reservations strongly encouraged Includes ticket to Building the Dream at Hearst Castle Theater Ticket Prices Starting At 25 Adults 12 Children 5 through 12 Buy Tickets Discover two very different parts of Hearst Castle on the Cottages Kitchen Tour View Hearst s wine cellar and then stroll through the historic gardens to the first guest cottage Casa del Monte House B Then compare its rooms to those in Casa del Mar House A before visiting the Castle s enormous kitchen Physical Requirements The Cottages Kitchen Tour is 60 minutes long and consists of approximately 204 stairs both up and down and a 3 4 mile route to walk For those who have difficulty walking or standing for lengths of time we recommend Accessibly Designed Tours Tour Changes and Cancellation Policy Subject to availability changes in tour date or time can be made for a fee of 3 50 per ticket Cancellations can be made up to one hour before the tour start time by calling 1 800 695 2269 with a 7 00 cancellation fee and a 3 50 service fee per ticket Visit the Grounds Wine Cellar 1 House B Casa Del Monte 2 House A Casa Del Mar 3 The Kitchen 4 The Gardens 5 Neptune Pool 6 Roman Pool 7 All Tours Include Bus Ride to and From the Castle Board the Hearst Castle bus at the Visitor Center to start your 5 mile ascent to the top of the Enchanted Hill a journey narrated by Alex Trebek of Jeopardy At the conclusion of every daytime tour visitors will have the chance to revisit the Neptune Pool and Roman Pool or explore the gardens at their own leisure After you ve finished touring board the bus to head back to the Visitor Center and experience a new route home including the vestiges of the bear pits that were built for Hearst s renowned private Zoo 1 Wine Cellar Although William Randolph Hearst was a moderate drinker he was a passionate connoisseur of fine wine serving nothing but the best for his famous guests Descend the spiral staircase to the underground wine cellar to see where he kept his impressive collection of wine and spirits even during the prohibition era 2 House B Casa Del Monte Walk through the first building ever completed at La Cuesta Encantada which served as the Hearst family s earliest residence in the summer of 1922 Referred to as House B its formal name was Casa del Monte Spanish for House of the Mountain which referred to the sweeping views of the Santa Lucia Mountains 3 House A Casa Del Mar Referred to as House A its formal name is Casa del Mar Spanish for House

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  • Spring and Fall Evening Tour Details, Overview and Map
    Hearst s own private Gothic Suite Docents dressed in 1930s period attire complete the experience bringing the Castle to life once again Physical Requirements The Evening Tour is 1 hour and 40 minutes long and consists of approximately 303 stairs both up and down and a 3 4 mile route to walk For those who have difficulty walking or standing for extensive lengths of time we recommend the Accessibly Designed Evening Tour which is also wheelchair accessible Tour Changes and Cancellation Policy Subject to availability changes in tour date or time can be made for a fee of 3 50 per ticket Cancellations can be made up to one hour before the tour start time by calling 1 800 695 2269 with a 7 00 cancellation fee and a 3 50 service fee per ticket Visit the Grounds House A Casa Del Mar 1 Assembly Room 2 Refectory 3 The Kitchen 4 Main Library 5 The Gothic Suite 6 Billiard Room 7 Theater 8 The Gardens 9 Neptune Pool 10 Roman Pool 11 All Tours Include Bus Ride to and From the Castle Board the Hearst Castle bus at the Visitor Center to start your 5 mile ascent to the top of the Enchanted Hill a journey narrated by Alex Trebek of Jeopardy At the conclusion of every daytime tour visitors will have the chance to revisit the Neptune Pool and Roman Pool or explore the gardens at their own leisure After you ve finished touring board the bus to head back to the Visitor Center and experience a new route home including the vestiges of the bear pits that were built for Hearst s renowned private Zoo 1 House A Casa Del Mar Referred to as House A its formal name is Casa del Mar Spanish for House of the Sea Hearst s family stayed there while Casa Grande was being built Stroll through the sumptuous house overlooking the California Central Coast to see where Mr Hearst lived for the last two years of his residence at this hilltop estate 2 Assembly Room Gather in the grand social room on the ground floor of Casa Grande just as W R Hearst s guests did decades ago for cocktails conversation and to meet their host Admire the magnificent room s walnut paneling Renaissance and Baroque tapestries and masterpieces of neoclassical sculpture 3 Refectory Mr Hearst and architect Julia Morgan named the dining room after the word for a monastery s dining hall Its high windows bright silk banners and gleaming silver candlesticks convey the atmosphere of the Middle Ages but the mustard and ketchup bottles show that Mr Hearst liked to keep things informal at his ranch 4 The Kitchen Explore the enormous kitchen where all meals were prepared for Mr Hearst and his vacationing guests The kitchen itself is full of practical devices including stock pots industrial sized mixers and early refrigerators which stand today just as they did decades ago Admire the Monel countertops a metal alloy of

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  • Accessibly Designed Grand Rooms Tour Details, Overview and Map
    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 Physical Requirements The Accessibly Designed Grand Rooms Tour takes approximately 60 minutes including the bus rides to and from the hilltop estate To make reservations book your ticket online now or call Hearst Castle directly 10 days in advance at 866 712 2286 Outside the U S call 805 927 2115 Hearst Castle Wheelchair Accommodations Wheelchairs up to 28 inches in width can be accommodated at the Castle Wheelchairs are also available for special needs at no additional charge Hearst Castle Service Animal Policy Hearst Castle allows service animals on all tours and would appreciate an advance telephone call at 866 712 2286 so we can be prepared and notify staff However advanced notice is not required Assistance for the Visually Impaired For those who are visually impaired there are items throughout the estate that visitors can touch during the tour to experience the collection A guide will assist you with this experience If you would like further information please call 866 712 2286 or outside the U S call 805 927 2115 Assistance for the Hearing Impaired For visitors who are hearing impaired we offer an assistive listening device Arrangements for an American Sign Language Interpreter to accompany the visitor can also be made in advance Call 866 712 2286 or outside the U S call 805 927 2115 TDD 800 274 7275 Tour Changes and Cancellation Policy Subject to availability changes in tour date or time can be made for a fee of 3 50 per ticket Cancellations can be made up to one hour before the tour start time by calling 1 800 695 2269 with a 7 00 cancellation fee and a 3 50 service fee per ticket Visit the Grounds Assembly Room 1 Refectory 2 Billiard Room 3 Theater 4 The Gardens 5 Neptune Pool 6 Roman Pool 7 All Tours Include Bus Ride to and From the Castle Board the Hearst Castle bus at the Visitor Center to start your 5 mile ascent to the top of the Enchanted Hill a journey narrated by Alex Trebek of Jeopardy At the conclusion of every daytime tour visitors will have the chance to revisit the Neptune Pool and Roman Pool or explore the gardens at their own leisure After you ve finished touring board the bus to head back to the Visitor Center and experience a new route home including the vestiges of the bear pits that were built for Hearst s renowned private Zoo 1 Assembly Room Gather in the grand social room on the ground floor of Casa Grande just as W R Hearst s guests did decades ago for cocktails conversation and to meet their host

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  • Accessibly Designed Evening Tour Details, Overview and Map
    takes approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes including the bus rides to and from the hilltop estate To make reservations book your ticket online now or call Hearst Castle directly 10 days in advance at 866 712 2286 Outside the U S call 805 927 2115 Hearst Castle Wheelchair Accommodations Wheelchairs up to 28 inches in width can be accommodated at the Castle Wheelchairs are also available for special needs at no additional charge Hearst Castle Service Animal Policy Hearst Castle allows service animals on all tours and would appreciate an advance telephone call at 866 712 2286 so we can be prepared and notify staff However advanced notice is not required Assistance for the Visually Impaired For those who are visually impaired there are items throughout the estate that visitors can touch during the tour to experience the collection A guide will assist you with this experience For further information call 866 712 2286 Outside the U S call 805 927 2115 Assistance for the Hearing Impaired For visitors who are hearing impaired we offer an assistive listening device Arrangements for an American Sign Language Interpreter to accompany the visitor can also be made in advance For further information call 866 712 2286 Outside the U S call 805 927 2115 TDD 800 274 7275 Tour Changes and Cancellation Policy Subject to availability changes in tour date or time can be made for a change fee of 3 50 per ticket Cancellations can be made up to one hour before the tour start time by calling 1 800 695 2269 with a 7 00 cancellation fee and a 3 50 service fee per ticket Visit the Grounds House A Casa Del Mar 1 Assembly Room 2 Refectory 3 Billiard Room 4 Theater 5 The Kitchen 6 The Gardens 7 Neptune Pool 8 Roman Pool 9 All Tours Include Bus Ride to and From the Castle Board the Hearst Castle bus at the Visitor Center to start your 5 mile ascent to the top of the Enchanted Hill a journey narrated by Alex Trebek of Jeopardy At the conclusion of every daytime tour visitors will have the chance to revisit the Neptune Pool and Roman Pool or explore the gardens at their own leisure After you ve finished touring board the bus to head back to the Visitor Center and experience a new route home including the vestiges of the bear pits that were built for Hearst s renowned private Zoo 1 House A Casa Del Mar Referred to as House A its formal name is Casa del Mar Spanish for House of the Sea Hearst s family stayed there while Casa Grande was being built Stroll through the sumptuous house overlooking the California Central Coast to see where Mr Hearst lived for the last two years of his residence at this hilltop estate 2 Assembly Room Gather in the grand social room on the ground floor of Casa Grande just as W R Hearst s guests did decades ago

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