COVID-19 Response

Following guidance from the California Department of Public Health and local public health authorities, we are increasing public access and services in a phased approach at Hearst Castle®/Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument®. Before visiting, please review the COVID-19/FAQ tab on the home page. There you will find information and frequently asked questions regarding your trip to Hearst Castle. Updates about the overall Department of Parks and Recreation response to COVID-19, including safety information, are posted on parks.ca.gov. For more information from the San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department click readyslo.org

Hearst Castle tours and the Visitor Center is currently closed. When we reopen, advanced reservations will be required to visit Hearst Castle and/or the Visitor Center

While most of the ceilings in Casa Grande (the main building on the hilltop) date to the late 14th through early 18th centuries and come from Italy and Spain, the ceilings in the guest houses were designed by Julia Morgan and custom-made by craftsmen during  William Randolph Hearst’s era. This ceiling in the guest house called Casa del Monte, like the ceilings in the two other guest cottages, was made of cast plaster and glistens with 22 karat gold leaf. The plaster ceilings sometimes required more effort and labor than the installation of the historic ceilings. In addition to numerous classical motifs, this one incorporates many specific, local references like the words “San Simeon” and eucalyptus leaves.