Hearst Castle Closed Due To Emergency Road Repairs

Due to significant storms that caused damage to the roadway leading up to the Historic Monument, Hearst Castle is temporarily closed. California State Parks is dedicated to making sure that all measures are taken to ensure visitor safety. We have activated an emergency contract process to expedite the necessary road repairs. The work is expected to take 6 to 9 months. Once completed, Hearst Castle will welcome back visitors. To learn more, please visit our News/Projects page.

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

Whether educating students about art from ancient Greece or  traveling with a  group to California’s breathtaking Central Coast, tour Hearst Castle for an unforgettable experience that accommodates your preferences.

School Tours

School Tours at Hearst Castle are a fun, engaging and an unforgettable way for students to learn about art, architecture, history and more.  The School Tours are curriculum focused and supported by a teacher resource packet that can be accessed online. The packet provides pre-visit background material and exercises as well as post-visit activities. The duration of the tour is one hour and forty-five minutes, including the bus trip to and from the hilltop. Groups up to 54 (including teachers and chaperones) may be accommodated in one time slot.

Download Teacher Resource Packet

School Tours are available by reservation only. For more information, please contact Scot Steck at (805) 927-2067 or Richard Fletcher at (805) 927-2159. To make a reservation please call Reserve California at 800-401-4775 Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM PST

Currently, Hearst Castle offers an interactive video educational program entitled “Ancient Art in the Collection of William Randolph Hearst.” This is part of the California State Parks  PORTS Program.  It focuses on Greek, Roman and Egyptian works of art in the collection, including ones that illustrate the mythology of the ancient world.  This program is appropriate for all ages studying the ancient world. If you are interested in this program, please contact Erin Gates at (805) 927-2189.

Group Tours

Enjoy a group tour that is unlike any other in the world. Perched atop a hill, overlooking the Pacific Ocean and San Simeon’s rugged coastline, Hearst Castle is perfect for groups large or small, and offers separate tours so your party can arrive—and tour—together. Group tours are available for parties of 12 or more people.

Reserve your group tour today by calling 1-800-401-4775, or 1-833-448-7287 if calling outside the U.S. Our reservation office is open Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM PST.

Private Tours

Enjoy the privilege of a private tour tailored to your specific interests with your own guide!  These tours are offered only during our normal daytime hours of the guided tour operation, but due to staffing and operational needs, not all dates are available.  This guided tour is offered for a maximum length of four hours and can accommodate up to six people per private tour. Visitors will enjoy providing their own transportation from the Visitor Center up to Hearst Castle and back again.  The driver of the vehicle must present a valid driver’s license upon arrival at the Visitor Center.  Recreational vehicles, buses and motorcycles are not permitted.

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 in advance.  MasterCard, Visa and Discover Cards are all accepted.  A minimum of at least a 72-hour notice of cancellation will allow for a partial refund. There is a $14.00 fee to cancel the tour. For cancellations of less than 72-hours there are no refunds. 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.