Hearst Castle is open and can be reached from the south via Paso Robles and Cambria, but Highway One is closed from the north at Ragged Point.

Hearst Castle tours are unforgettable experiences that allow you to step back in time with a visit to William Randolph Hearst’s legendary, beloved hilltop estate. Before you tour Hearst Castle, please review the physical requirements and weather conditions, because all tours will take you outdoors and require long walks.

Grand Rooms Tour

The Grand Rooms Tour explores the Castle’s opulent social rooms in the main house, and consists of:

  • 60-minute tour
  • Approximately 159 stairs, both up and down
  • 2/3-mile route to walk
  • 15-minute bus ride to and from the Visitor Center
  • Considerable time standing

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Upstairs Suites Tour

The Upstairs Suites Tour guides visitors through the estate’s upstairs guest accommodations and Mr. Hearst’s private quarters on the third floor:

  • 60-minute tour
  • Approximately 332 stairs, both up and down
  • 3/4-mile route to walk
  • 15-minute bus ride to and from the Visitor Center
  • Considerable time standing

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Cottages & Kitchen Tour

The Cottages & Kitchen Tour allows visitors to see both the most personal and most practical areas of The Enchanted Hill, in both the main house and the smaller houses:

  • 60-minute tour
  • Approximately 204 stairs, both up and down
  • 3/4-mile route to walk
  • 15-minute bus ride to and from the Visitor Center
  • Considerable time standing

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Evening Tour

Travel back in time at this unique estate with the Evening Tour, complete with Living History volunteers dressed in 1930s attire:

  • 1 hour and 40-minute tour
  • Approximately 308 stairs, both up and down
  • 3/4-mile route to walk
  • 15-minute bus ride to and from the Visitor Center
  • Considerable time standing
  • Visibility conditions that range from very dim to very bright
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Accessibly Designed Tours

Two tours at Hearst Castle are designed for wheelchair accessibility and for visitors who have trouble walking or standing for considerable lengths of time—Accessibly Designed Grand Rooms Tour and the Accessibly Designed Evening Tour:

  • Visit the ground floor only
  • May be modified to accommodate visitors during inclement weather
  • Other areas are inaccessible because the historic structures have narrow, spiral staircases

 

Tours and Weather Conditions

Please note that the weather at the top of the hill at Hearst Castle can range from very warm to cold, foggy, rainy and windy. Layers of clothing and comfortable shoes are strongly recommended.

Tours will be conducted in the rain and are canceled only if inclement weather poses a hazard. Additionally, the interiors of the historic buildings are not air conditioned during the summer.