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
Accessibly Designed Grand Rooms Tour
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.Explore Accessibly Designed Grand Rooms Tour
Accessibly Designed Evening Tour
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 Evening Tour takes guests back in time every spring and fall, as Living History Docents in 1930s clothing appear along the tour route, adding life once again to the magnificent surroundings seen on tour.Explore Accessibly Designed Evening 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
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 Castle as part of the Living History Program.Explore Evening Tour
Holiday Twilight Tour
Discover why the holiday season was an exceptionally festive time for Mr. Hearst and his guests. Share in the splendor as you wind your way through the grounds, Casa del Sol-guest house, and the grand social rooms of Casa Grande. This special seasonal tour showcases abundant holiday decorations with numerous Christmas trees, including two towering trees, and a one of a kind poinsettia tree. View Mr. Hearst’s celebrated art collection in the warm glow of […]Explore Holiday Twilight Tour
Designing the Dream Tour
For anyone who is passionate about architecture and interior design, this 75-minute tour offers a comprehensive itinerary to explore how Hearst’s astounding idea was realized. Collaborating for decades with Julia Morgan (1872-1957), the first woman to hold an architect’s license in California, Hearst created an environment that is unique in the USA. Design and construction of the Enchanted Hill took more than three decades, and the estate was never really finished. This tour features Casa del […]Explore Designing the Dream Tour
Art of San Simeon Tour
Hearst Castle is the only art museum operated by California State Parks and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. In conceiving his San Simeon estate, William Randolph Hearst and architect Julia Morgan created a unique showplace where old and new works of art were commingled to amuse and educate Hearst’s guests. More than 90% of the objects in Hearst Castle were purchased specifically for the estate. On this two-hour semi-private tour, your guide will […]Explore Art of San Simeon Tour
Enjoy a private guided tour. This private tour can accommodate up to 6 people for a maximum of 4 hours and is $750 per tour. This tour may access any of the areas of the estate available to the public on the other tours. Private tours are offered during our normal daytime tour operation; however there is limited availability during some time periods. Payment must be made in advance and a 72-hour notice of cancellation is […]Explore Private Tour
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Visitors may remain on the hilltop between and following the daytime tours to enjoy the gardens and visit the Neptune and Roman Pools at their leisure.