Hearst Castle is open and can be reached from the north via Highway 101 to Paso Robles and from the south via Cambria and Paso Robles.


This tour is wheelchair accessible. Visitors who have difficulty climbing stairs, or who cannot stand or walk for extended periods, may also benefit from this tour. Accessible transportation is provided from the Visitor Center to all areas of the Holiday Twilight Tour. See Holiday Twilight Tour for a description. Call 866-712-2286 for additional information.

In 2017, this tour is offered on November 24th and November 25, and again from December 16th through December 30th, with the exception of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. It will replace the  Accessibly Designed Evening Tour during this limited period.

The outdoor Neptune Pool is currently empty due to restoration work in progress.

Physical Requirements

The Accessibly Designed Holiday Twilight Tour takes approximately 75 minutes. Travel time to and from the Visitor Center (approximately 30 minutes) is not included in the duration of the tour. 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.



Visit the Grounds

Assembly Room
Billiard Room
House A: Casa Del Mar
The Kitchen
The Gardens
Roman Pool
  • 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 guests could relax and play both billiards and pool. This room is decorated with a variety of gaming themes, but it also boasts a 15th century Spanish ceiling painted with scenes of courtly life, in addition to a Flemish tapestry from 1500.

  • 4 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.

  • 5 Theater

    The Theater is where W. R. Hearst and Hollywood film star Marion Davies joined guests every night to watch a full-length movie and newsreel. Today, as a guest of the Castle, you’ll be able to view historic Castle footage with moving images of Mr. Hearst and his guests.

  • 6 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 nickel and copper with trace amounts of iron, manganese, carbon and silicon.

  • 7 The Gardens

    After the guided portion of your tour concludes, explore the expansive garden grounds that surround “La Cuesta Encantada”—Hearst’s Spanish name for The Enchanted Hill. Look for native plants, rare flowers and lush foliage that have been at the Castle since Mr. Hearst resided here.

  • 8 Roman Pool

    Located where you board the bus to return to the Visitor Center, the intensely decorated indoor Roman Pool is the perfect place to stop and relax. Modeled after ancient Roman baths, this meticulously detailed, majestic pool is tiled from ceiling to floor, and features marble copies of eight ancient Greek and Roman deities and athletes.