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


Enjoy a private guided tour.  This private tour can accommodate up to 6 people for a maximum of 4 hours.  This tour may access any of the areas of the estate available to the public on the other tours.  Private tours are offered during our normal daytime tour operation; however there is limited availability during some time periods. Visitors provide their own transportation from the Hearst Castle Visitor Center to the hilltop estate and return.  The driver must present a valid driver’s license on arrival.  RVs, buses, and motorcycles are not permitted.  Only bottled water may be brought on tour.

Please call the Special Events Office at Hearst Castle at (805) 927-2065 to arrange for this unique and personalized tour experience of Hearst Castle.

A minimum of one week’s notice is required to book private tours, and these tours can be reserved up to one month in advance. The cost for a private tour is $750 paid at the time of booking. MasterCard, Visa, and Discover cards are accepted. Subject to availability, changes in tour date or time can be made for a service fee of $8.00. Reservations cancelled at least 72-hours in advance will be assessed a $14.00 service fee. There is no refund for cancellations of less than 72-hours notice.

Physical Requirements

This tour is up to 4 hours in length and the number of stairs depends on your customized route.  For those who have difficulty walking or standing for lengths of time, we recommend Accessibly Designed Tours.