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.


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 focus on Hearst and how he acquired his paintings, tapestries, sculptures, antiquities and other fascinating works of art. In groups limited to eight participants, you will visit some rooms that are featured in the four standard daytime tours and continue to rooms in the Castle that have never before been included. This tour is offered at variable times through the year.

During the fall and winter of 2017, this tour will be offered daily from September 8th through September 28th, and throughout the month of October. In November, the tour will be offered daily with the exception of November 23rd through 25th. In the month of December, this tour will be offered from December 1st through December 8th, and then from December 10th through December 21st.

Reservations can be made, changed or cancelled online at ReserveCalifornia or by calling 1-800-444-4445.

There is an $8.00 per ticket registration fee to reserve tickets.

Changes to tour date or time can be made in advance for a service fee of $8.00 per ticket.

Cancelled reservations will be assessed a $7.00 cancellation fee, and a $7.00 per ticket service fee.

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

Physical Requirements

The Art of San Simeon is 2 hours long and includes approximately 750+ steps, both up and down. For those who have difficulty walking or standing for lengths of time, we recommend Accessibly Designed Tours.