Hearst Castle® is open for tours daily except on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Day tours usually start at 8:20 a.m. The last tour usually starts
at 3:20 p.m. in winter, later in summer. Daytime tours take about one hour and 45 minutes, which includes the round trip from the Visitor Center. Tours depart
from the Visitor Center by bus at the time printed on the ticket. An audio tape program provides background information during the 15 minute, five mile trip to the Castle. Although the Experience Tour is considered the least strenuous, persons with crutches,
walking aids, or medical problems such as heart conditions may want to consider an Accessibly Designed Tour. All tours, except Accessibly Designed Tours, include a half-mile walk and 150 to 400 stairs, so comfortable shoes are recommended.
Accessibly Designed Tours – Reservations to accommodate persons with disabilities may be made by calling (800) 444-4445, at least 10 days in advance. Please let the operator know what kind of assistance is
Foreign Language Tours – Tours for foreign language groups may be available. After making reservations, call (805) 927-2085 for information on the availability of multilingual guides. Brochures in several languages are available.
Photography – Photography for personal enjoyment is encouraged. Please note: tripods and flash are not permitted. Photography for publication requires written permission.
For more information, call (805) 927-2074.
Children – Adults with small children may find the stairs, museum restrictions and group format challenging. Strollers are not permitted.
Special Tours and Events – The Castle can be reserved for special events and tours. For more information, call (805) 927-2070.
Christmas at the Castle – The Castle is decorated for Christmas throughout the month of December.
Other Restrictions – Large, bulky backpacks, folding chairs, camera bags, etc., are not allowed due to the narrow hallways and numerous stairs. No food or drink is permitted on tours.