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 For more information from the San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department click

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

Over the years many guests have visited Hearst Castle, but we’ll narrow the list down to the more renowned:

Political Leaders

Winston Churchill
Calvin Coolidge
New York City Mayor Jimmy Walker

Journalists, Literary Figures and Other Notables

Irving Cobb
Hedda Hopper
Howard Hughes
Louella Parsons
George Bernard Shaw

Art Experts

Oscar Broneer
Lord Duveen
HRW Smith
William Valentiner

Entertainment Industry

Lew Ayres
Lionel and John Barrymore
Ralph Bellamy
Charlie Chaplin
Gary Cooper
Joan Crawford
Dolores del Rio
Marie Dressler
Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.
Errol Flynn
Clark Gable
Greta Garbo
John Gilbert
Cary Grant
Jean Harlow
Buster Keaton
Carole Lombard
Beatrice Lillie
Harold Lloyd
Harpo Marx
Louis B. Mayer
Joel McCrea
Colleen Moore
David Niven
Mary Pickford
Dick Powell
Hal Roach
Norma Shearer
Barbara Stanwyck
Norma Talmadge
Robert Taylor
Irving Thalberg
Jack Warner