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.

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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.

Reservations for Biltmore House entry are required every day, year-round, for all guests. Reserving an entry time before arrival guarantees your Biltmore House visit, even on Biltmore's busiest days. Without a house reservation, entry into Biltmore House is not guaranteed. Times are based on availability. Please call the number printed on your E-Ticket to reserve your time.

Please Note: Reservations are required for Biltmore House only. You do not need one to visit Biltmore's gardens and grounds, Antler Hill Village & Winery, and estate restaurants and shops.

Tripster Customer Reviews

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Richard Winter
Shallotte, NC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"The Biltmore Estate is Asheville's Gem"
November 2019 NEW
Every aspect of The Biltmore Estate is pure perfection! The stunning décor of the Biltmore House, the beautiful plants and flowers in the conservatory & the scenic estate grounds are all breathtaking! We were lucky to be there when the house was fully decorated for Christmas, which makes this beautiful home simply magical. The ticket price is expensive, but you can get a discount if you purchase them at tripster.com. It is well worth the price of admission. Prepare to spend a full day there and remember to make a reservation for the house tour in advance as you may not get the time you prefer unless you have advance reservations. It is a lot of walking, so wear comfortable shoes. There is a shuttle to the Biltmore House from the parking lot, and a shuttle from the house to Antler Village & the Winery. So if you are planning a trip to Asheville, NC don't miss the opportunity to visit Biltmore. It will definitely prove to be the highlight of your trip!
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Tip: Purchase tickets in advance and book reservations for the house tour in advance. Wear comfortable shoes.

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Kyle Poyser
Hollywood , FL
1 Review
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"Our fabulous trip to the Biltmore Estate"
November 2019 NEW
Visiting the Biltmore estate was definitely the highlight of our trip to Asheville. I couldn’t think of a better way to spend the day! We toured the house which was amazing and educational and strolled through the gardens. It was an absolutely beautiful experience! I would recommend visiting this place anytime you’re in North Carolina.
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Tip: Be prepared to walk as there is acres of things to do and see

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Gary Giffin
Mc Donald, PA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"An Asheville Must See"
November 2019 NEW
The Biltmore House is truly remarkable. The house has been meticulously restored/maintained and highly educational. The self guided audio tour is a wise investment as it does a great job of providing background and context to the rooms you are viewing. Also the docents stationed in the various areas are a great resource for additional info. The price of admission is a bit high, but well worth it, especially if you get tickets at a discount thru Tripster. Don't miss Biltmore!
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Tip: Allow plenty of time, particularly if you want to tour the gardens and/or the winery.

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Debra Holland
Trenton , GA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Biltmore estates heavenly"
November 2019 NEW
We saved so much time and money by purchasing our tickets through Tripster I definitely use them again .
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Tip: You need plenty of time to tour the Biltmore house and buy the additional eat phones they are worth the money

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Linda Johnson
Galivants Ferry, SC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Awesome!!"
October 2019 NEW
Biltmore was beautiful I had not been in 15 years. the gardens, especially the Mums were beautiful. Great trip.
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Tip: the gtardens, the library

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Patricia Thompson
Charlotte, NC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"50 anniversary"
October 2019 NEW
We showed the tickets when we entered the estate and it was a breeze after that.
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Tip: Tickets are cheaper on tripster and all is taken care of when you reach your destination.

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Michael P.
Corbin, KY
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Beautiful Estate, Still Quite Expensive"
October 2019 NEW
- The place is massive. I understand why some people break it up over two days.
- It is grand to see all the nooks and crannies they will let you see. Quite overwhelming, yet enjoyable.
- Even with a sizeable discount through Tripster, general admission tickets are still overpriced. $70/person + $25/person for the Rooftop Tour + $25/person for the House Restored Tour = $240 for a couple for one day. This does not included the overpriced concessions/meals/souvenirs/shops, etc.
- The gardens were amazing, especially with the mums.
- They were on the home stretch with decorating for Christmas. Very impressive.
- The House Revealed Tour was great, especially seeing the unrestored service areas and the full lady's maid suite for Mrs. Vanderbilt.
- Exiting the estate is ridiculous. 20 minutes of your life down the drain while you drive through congested areas you have no desire to see, especially the hotel area near the winery.
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Tip: Please wear comfortable shoes. Don't do the audio tour, it makes you look dumb holding the speaker thing up to your ear and it detracts from the overall experience.

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James Mansfield
Ottawa, OH
1 Review
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"Beautiful Biltmore"
October 2019 NEW
The Biltmore was absolutely beautiful! Each room outdid the one before it! I hesitated at the price but it was well worth it! There is also a garden down a path that shouldn't be missed during blooming season. They had mums for the fall. The Rose garden was about done blooming. They were decorating for Christmas and it looked stunning!
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Tip: Wear comfortable shoes. You need a tour time, not just a ticket to enter the estate. You get that at the information booth at the estate. Photography is allowed, no flash.

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DianaTP768
Raleigh, North Carolina
"A unique and beautiful experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 18, 2019 NEW
We love the Biltmore so much that we have invested in year round passes. Unless you stay on the property you simply cannot enjoy all the benefits a day pass has to offer and even then there is always something new going on. From the awesome trails for hikes, to the horseback riding, to the house itself, its just an amazing place. I love the gardens and even picnicking there. Deerpark Village has music outside many evenings and is always great for walking around the farm area or shopping or getting some ice cream. It's just such an expansive and beautiful place. It keeps you wanting more.
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TracyW610
Washington, North Carolina
"Beautiful at Christmas"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 17, 2019 NEW
We visited Biltmore during a Candlelight Christmas tour. Our appointment time was 5:30. Perfect time for a tour and dinner on the estate with reservations at 8:15.
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shirrah2015
Robbinsville, North Carolina
"Always a magical place"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 17, 2019 NEW
I love walking through the house, getting a glimpse into the past. I enjoyed being able to tour the house at my own pace, rather than being rushed as part of a group. Guidebooks are given to all visitors. During your visit to the estate, you can enjoy beautiful gardens, fine dining, the winery, and even stay at one of the estates luxury hotels.
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MSO70
Franklin, Tennessee
"Private Tour with Michael D'Abrosca"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 17, 2019 NEW
We took a took a private tour of the Biltmore. We made advance reservations that were exclusive to us. The guide Michael D'Abrosca was enthusiastic, very well informed, telling us everything and anything we might have asked him. We saw the Biltmore House, the rooftop and many hidden gems. The tour lasted 2 1/2 hours. The gardens and conservancy are not to be missed. The Biltmore is on the U. S. National Register of Historic Places and well worth the visit.
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KAT_ONE_LLC
"It is amazing that this mansion housed some of the treasures of our Nation during war."
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 17, 2019 NEW
Wear comfortable shoes!! The self guided tour was great, and the employees and staff very knowledgeable and helpful. The staff was decorating for Christmas when we were there; I'll bet it's breathtaking when completely decorated.
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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: Yes, advance reservations are required for house entry times. Reserving an entry time before arrival guarantees your Biltmore House visit, even on Biltmore Estate's busiest days. Without a house reservation, entry into Biltmore House is not guaranteed. Times are based on availability. When you purchase your tickets, please call the number printed in the notes section on your E-Ticket to reserve your house entry time.

Reservation times fill up fast. When reserved times are no longer available by calling in advance, please proceed to Guest Services at Biltmore House to inquire about availability on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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. Tickets are valid any one day during the selected season. 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.