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

“Hearst Castle – Building the Dream” is a movie that was produced exclusively for the Hearst Castle Theater. Breathtaking original cinematography combined with vintage clips and stills from the 1920s and 30s allows the construction and history of the Castle to come to life on a five-story screen.

Tickets for this original 40-minute movie are included with the purchase of every daily tour. Shows begin every 45 minutes, with the first showing at 8:15 am.

[Embedded movie trailer for “Hearst Castle, Building the Dream”]

8:15 AM 9:00 AM 9:45 AM 10:30 AM 11:15 AM
12:00 PM 12:45 PM 1:30 PM 2:15 PM 3:00 PM
3:45 PM 4:30 PM 5:15 PM  *

* For later show times, please contact the Theater at (805) 927-6811.