Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC

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Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina

Overview

Completed in 1895, George Vanderbilt’s 250-room chateau is as impressive today as it was more than a century ago. Biltmore House is truly a wonder of architecture and hospitality. Enjoy a self-guided tour of the house, as well as the 8,000 acre backyard of beautiful gardens and grounds surrounding it, designed by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. It is truly a magnificent site!

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Asheville Travel Experts
  • George Vanderbilt’s 250-room country retreat.
  • Construction completed in 1895.
  • Admission includes self-guided tours of Biltmore House & Gardens and the Antler Hill Village—featuring the Winery, The Biltmore Legacy, Village Green, and Farm.
  • Printed e-ticket is required for entry.
  • Wear comfortable shoes.
  • Parking is free.
  • Shuttles provide transportation from Biltmore House parking lots to the front door of the house.
  • Self-guided tour of the home takes 1.5 to 2 hours.
  • Give yourself enough time to visit the House, plus the Gardens, and Antler Hill Village.
  • No photos or video allowed inside the home.

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Insights from Tripster's own team members

Joan B.

Spring is the best time of year to explore Biltmore's beautiful gardens. In addition to the house and gardens, there is a lot to see and do on the estate so be sure to arrive early to make the most of your visit.

Savannah Rhame

Biltmore Candlelight Christmas Evenings are a must-do during the holidays. Experience the grandeur of a Vanderbilt Christmas at night, then return the next morning to explore the grounds during the day.

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Your admission includes self-guided tours of the breathtaking Biltmore House & Gardens as well as Antler Hill Village—featuring the Winery, The Biltmore Legacy, Village Green, and Farm.

Biltmore’s newest exhibition, A Vanderbilt House Party - The Gilded Age: Now - May 27
After more than two years of collaboration with Oscar-winning designer John Bright, Biltmore has opened its latest exhibition, A Vanderbilt House Party – The Gilded Age. A Vanderbilt House Party features elegant clothing vignettes throughout Biltmore House, providing guests with an insider’s perspective of party preparations as though today’s guests are present for a 1905 house party. The exhibition runs through May 27, 2019. A custom exhibition audio guided tour created for this exhibition is available on site for an additional fee.

Biltmore Blooms: April 1 - May 23
Biltmore’s annual Spring celebration has been delighting guests for more than three decades. This year’s event kicks off April 1 and continues through May 23, 2019, combining acres of historic gardens, a new exhibition in Biltmore House, a spring wine release, and much more.

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Plan your visit to George Vanderbilt’s 8,000-acre estate. Mr. Vanderbilt created Biltmore Estate as an escape from everyday life. Now, his descendants invite you to enjoy his legacy of hospitality. His 250-room chateau, completed in 1895, is as impressive today as it was more than a century ago. Biltmore House is truly a wonder of architecture and hospitality. As our guest, you’re invited to enjoy a self-guided tour of the house, as well as the beautiful gardens and grounds surrounding it, designed by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted.

Play in our 8,000-acre backyard with an array of outdoor activities, indulge in one-of-a-kind shopping, and savor our restaurants' exceptional fare. Visit Biltmore in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, NC and let our gracious hospitality inspire you.

Rates vary depending upon date selected. Biltmore admission tickets are non-refundable once purchased, however, you may use them on a future visit.

The following dates are expected to have a high volume of guests and reservations are required for house entry: Mar 1-17, 23-24, 30-31, Apr 6-7, 13-21, 27-28, May 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26; June 1, 8, 15-16, 22, 29-30; July 1-31; Aug. 1-31; Sept. 1-2. Times are based on availability. Please call the number printed on your E-Ticket to reserve your time. Note: Printed E-ticket voucher is required for entry.

Tripster Customer Reviews

298 Reviews
carol yurechko
Munhall, PA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Biltmore Experience"
May 2019 NEW
Make sure you keep your ticket with you after entering the gate because you need to show it at the house. The ticket agent was very nice at the house and did not make us get our ticket from the car. Be sure to use the restroom outside the house because there are none in the house. It is hot inside the house and there is a lot of walking. The gardens are beautiful and the conservatory is also, but once again there is a lot of walking involved. The home is wonderful. We had no trouble using the tickets and for our purposes we did not really miss the audio - I usually have a lot of trouble with them anyway. If you want to avoid some walking - use the free shuttle and enter the lot for the shuttle, but you will miss the neat architecture of the steps. Parking is free .
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Tripster Customer
Myrtle Beach, SC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Beautiful !"
May 2019 NEW
Beautiful Saturday with friends who had never visited before. The house was amazing and the day perfect for a stroll on the property
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Tip: Plan to spend the day and wear comfy shoes

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Maria Pereira
Alpharetta , GA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Amazing"
May 2019 NEW
Friends and I had a great day at Biltmore.
It was a gorgeous trip.
Thank you.
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Tip: It is so beautiful and marvelous

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Tripster Customer
Cedarburg, WI
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Better price thru Biltmore direct"
May 2019 NEW
We purchased out tickets thru this site because they were supposedly $20 less .....we found out they did not include the audio and we could have gotten tickets thru the Biltmore Estates site for the same $65 price and the audio would be included. Won't be using tripster again....
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Joy McCall
Hendersonville, NC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Excellent service at Biltmore"
April 2019 NEW
I was going to Biltmore with a friend to see the gardens and bought a 1 day ticket. Her sister joined us and did not have a ticket so we stopped at visitors center to buy her ticket. Found out we could cash in our 1 day ticket for season pass for not that much more, so each of us bought a season pass. we got extra discounts that day due to being with a pass member. All of this did not take long and staff very helpful and friendly.
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Tip: Make sure you have your walking shoes, best to make reservations for lunch.

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wendy martin
islandton, SC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Easy, excellent ordering online"
April 2019 NEW
Ordering tickets with RD was a easy experience. Also saved money rather than ordering from the actually website for tickets! Thank you very much
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Tip: Fast, easy and convenient

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Penny Bohnert
Cincinnati, OH
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Birthday visit with best friend"
April 2019 NEW
We had a wonderful time at the Biltmore Estate. Loved the era clothes. One issue that there were to many field trips , much to crowded in the home. Listening via audio made the visit even more special.
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Linda Snyder
Carlinville, IL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"The Biltmore is magnificent."
April 2019 NEW
We enjoyed our time at the Biltmore. The audio tour makes the tour even more spectacular. We will definitely be back to visit as the five hours we spent touring wasn’t enough.
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Tip: Allow enough time. We could have spent three or four more hours at the Biltmore.

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ibead18
Chicago, Illinois
"Interesting"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 19, 2019 NEW
A lot of house to see. We would have loved to hear more about the time period and not all the nonsense they played in the self guided tour. The conservatory was magnificent.
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travelerfromsj
San Jose, California
"Lots to see"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 19, 2019 NEW
We did the self-guided audio tour of the house early in the morning, with tickets bought on-line a month earlier. While the house itself was fascinating, I have to say the audio part of it was a little corny and overacted at times- all about guests going to a party, and not much about the history or architecture of the house; but I liked seeing the period clothing. The tour ended appropriately with a tour of the servants quarters, at the bottom of the house. After that we walked around the gardens, to the Bass pond and back. The highlight was definitely the Conservatory, which was stunning; make sure to stop in there to see the orchids. After a quick lunch we took the Legacy of the Land tour, which is a shuttle tour that makes a few stops for guests to get out and look around. I think our tour guide was Jim, and it was absolutely fascinating. I was expecting a tour of the Farm, but it was more about Vanderbilt’s decision to build the Biltmore, how he acquired the land, Olmsted’s design of the grounds, the beginnings of the US forestry service… It was definitely a nice counterpoint to the house tour, and I highly recommend it. We ate at Antler Hill Village twice while here, and sampled wine at the winery. I have to say this place is HUGE; it’s about 5 miles between the Biltmore House and Antler Hill Village, so you’ll definitely want a plan and a car. Plan on spending at least a day. The only negative we ran into is that parking for the Biltmore House tours was confusing and not well signed, especially if you’re looking for the park and walk lot. Pretty much every car that came in ended up driving all the way up to the lawn in front of the house, where a guard told them to do a U-turn and go back. More signs or a couple of folks directing traffic in the morning would be really helpful.
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BillyT0718
Jacksonville, Florida
"Quick weekend trip."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 19, 2019 NEW
We went during Christmas time and absolutely LOVED the Biltmore. The spectacular views and architecture was to die for. This is a must see for anyone.
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483carolr
Bloomington, Indiana
"Correct the spelling!!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 19, 2019 NEW
Couldn’t find “Biltmore “ cause TA has it misspelled!!! Can’t find a way to contact TA to get it fixed! Words can’t describe this estate. Unbelievable and astounding don’t do it justice. The audio tour is at your own pace so you can relax and enjoy the rooms and the scenery. Lots of stairs and walking- just as a caveat. A great day!
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Tonie T
Groves, Texas
"America’s Castle"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 18, 2019 NEW
The Biltmore mansion is an amazing piece of history. I’ve read books and watched programs on it but nothing does it justice like seeing it. We did the audio self guided tour, it was great for you to take your time to see everything. The mansion and grounds are magnificent. We had lunch in the stables which was excellent, great food friendly service. Wear comfortable shoes, lots of walking.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Biltmore Estate

Will I need to print my E-ticket for entry to the Biltmore Estate?
Yes. For the Biltmore Day Pass, your E-ticket is your Biltmore Day Pass ticket. You will receive one page per ticket purchased with barcodes to present at the gate for entry. For the Candlelight Christmas Evening admission, you will exchange your E-ticket for admission at the Group Sales Office on the right as you enter the gates.

How long does it take to tour Biltmore Estate?
Allow yourself a full day to experience all that Biltmore has to offer. Guests are amazed at the size of the estate and you’ll want to give yourself enough time to see the House, Gardens and Antler Hill Village.

Do I need to make reservations after I purchase my tickets?
Biltmore Day Pass: Reservations are required for entering Biltmore House for high volume days and are made by calling Biltmore' phone number provided in the note section on your E-ticket. They cannot offer house entry without prior reservation on these dates due to the popularity of this attraction. If you arrive without a reservation, please proceed to Guest Services outside of Biltmore House after scanning your ticket(s) to receive a reservation time.

We suggest arriving at least 45 minutes prior to your Biltmore House entry time to allow time to park and catch a shuttle to Biltmore House. Your estate admission gives you access to the rest of the estate during normal hours of operation. Spend the full day to enjoy everything Biltmore has to offer!

Candlelight Christmas Evening: All entries to Candlelight evening house entries are done by reservation times. Choose your evening house entry time when selecting your Candlelight tickets. Guests are required to redeem their printed e-ticket(s) at Biltmore’s Ticket Center for admission.

If I purchased an Admission but unable to visit as planned, can I cancel my purchase?
Biltmore admission tickets are non-refundable once purchased, however, you may use it on a future visit. When you are ready to visit in the future, please bring your E-ticket to the entry gate. If you would like, you can also give your admission ticket(s) to friends or family to enjoy!

What time does the Biltmore Estate open?
Biltmore Estate's admission gate opens at 8:30 am. The Biltmore House's front door opens at 9:00 am.

What type of clothing is recommended for my visit?
Dress comfortably. Layers are recommended to account for the variable mountain weather as are comfortable walking shoes.

It there a fee to park at Biltmore Estate?
No, parking is free of charge.

Are shuttles available at the Estate?
Yes, shuttles are available between the parking area and the Biltmore House. You will need your own transportation to access the other Estate attractions. From April to December, a shuttle is also offered from Biltmore House to the Conservatory. Driving your own car to the Estate is highly recommended as some of the estate venues are located several miles apart.

Does Biltmore Estate feature any restaurants where kids eat free?
Yes, at Deerpark Restaurant kids 9 and under eat free of charge.

What is the pet policy at Biltmore Estate?
Pets are allowed at Biltmore Estate, but only on the grounds, not in any building (except for service dogs).  All pets must be leashed on estate grounds for their own safety as well as the comfort of our other guests. Please be courteous of others and pick up after your pet.

A very limited number of pet kennels are available at Biltmore. They are self-service and available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are interested in using a kennel, please see a parking host for kennel information upon arrival on the estate.

What is the photo policy at the Estate?
Photography, videotaping, sketching, and cell phone use are not permitted within Biltmore House. Taking photographs of the exterior of Biltmore House and grounds, or sketching images of estate grounds, is permitted for personal use only. All commercial uses are prohibited without express written consent. Recording, filming, photography, or taping of any concert or event is strictly prohibited.

Is Biltmore Estate accessible?
Yes! As a car is required to travel between locations throughout the estate, shuttles are provided to the Front Door from the parking lots. In addition, a seasonal shuttle is available from the house to the Conservatory from April through December. Transportation is not provided between Biltmore House and Antler Hill Village & Winery. Driving your own car to the Estate is highly recommended as some of the estate venues are located several miles apart.

Also, at Biltmore House, guests may choose between Park & Ride and Park & Walk parking lots. Park & Ride shuttles guests to the front of Biltmore House whereas Park & Walk requires a 5-10 minute walk.

Guests with visual impairments can receive a complimentary Audio Guide to Biltmore House by visiting the Front Desk of Biltmore House. Guests with hearing difficulties can visit the Front Desk of Biltmore House to request a Neckloop Telecoil Coupler or a printed transcript of our audio guide. Printed transcripts are also available for all Biltmore films shown on the estate.

Sign Language Interpreters are available for all tours offered by Biltmore. To request a Sign Language Interpreter, call 800-411-3812 or email guestsupport@biltmore.com at least seven days prior to visiting.

All restaurants and shops on the estate are accessible by wheelchair. Accessible restrooms are indicated by signage.

Is the Biltmore House wheelchair accessible?
A visit to Biltmore House includes three floors and several flights of stairs. Because of the historic architecture, only the First and Second Floors are accessible by wheelchair. Guests who are unable to go to the Third Floor and Basement may visit our designated Second Floor rest area and watch a video of the rooms they are unable to access.

Does the estate offer wheelchairs?
Biltmore House and the Winery have a limited number of wheelchairs available on a first-come, first-served basis for inside use only. Please bring your own wheelchair to ensure your comfort.