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Hearst Castle Gardens

A luxurious palace garden, designed for William Randolph Hearst, on hill overloking the Pacific. Terraces, which adjoin the house and step down the hill, are adorned with glazed tiles, fountains and lush planting. The design was inspired by Spanish and Portuguese villas. The enormous Neptune Pool was completed in 1936 and is pinpointed by the location marker on the satellite image below.  It is surrounded by colonnades and there is a marble Neptune statue by Charles Cassou, commissioned by Hearst.

Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument, 750 Hearst Castle Road, San Simeon, California, USA, CA 93452-9741

All year. Daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year. Advance reservation advisable. First tour at 8.20am.

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  • almost 4 years by HalfAngel 4 / 5

    While the gardens are not primarily the attraction at Hearst Castle, they are lovely and enhance your experience. Very nice large oak trees. Best to go in summer so less fog and a better panoramic view of the Pacific. Last visited Aug 11.

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Hearst Castle Garden

Hearst Castle Gardens in California

Hearst Castle Gardens, April 2007 Photograph © Pat Hartley
Hearst Castle Gardens, California Photograph © Pat Hartley
Hearst Castle Gardens, Spring Photograph © Pat Hartley
Hearst Castle Garden Pool

Hearst Castle Garden Pool