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

336 Reviews
Deborah Shepherd
East Ellijay, GA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Beautiful!"
July 2019 NEW
Allow plenty of time to take in the house and grounds.
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Tip: Make reservations to see the house - required from July 1.

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Tripster Customer
Savannah, GA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Overrated!"
July 2019 NEW
I have visited many stately homes all over the world and this was by far the worst experience of all. A complete nightmare. Terribly overpriced, horribly overcrowded, incredibly overrated. Save your money and buy a coffee table book. It's not Versailles! For what they charge you can pay for part of the trip to Paris.
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Kevin Grall
Boone, IA
1 Review
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"A Must see"
July 2019 NEW
Touring the Biltmore Estate was an amazing experience. Beautiful!!
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Chas Haynes
Lexington, SC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Biltmore Estate"
July 2019 NEW
Great trip! We visited on July 4th. Purchased our tickets just a couple of days prior to visit and everything was perfectly smooth. Biltmore was awesome and I'd go back again. In fact, we're going to try to visit around Christmas. Buying tickets was a breeze and I will use Tripster in the future.
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Tip: Book your reservations for a morning visit. Lines are much shorter getting in. Also, the gardens can get HOT during the day.

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Jeff Pedersen
Sioux City, IA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Biltmore Estate tour"
July 2019 NEW
My wife and I toured the Biltmore Estate with my mom and dad and our daughter son-in-law and 3 grandsons. It was interesting to see the perspective of the way things were done in the late 18th century/early 19th century from the perspective of 4 generations. The size and scope of the Estate were incredible and beautiful and make sure you check out the village and winery (which used to be the dairy). Many interesting things to read and see in the tunnel below the dairy as well.
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Tip: Wear comfortable walking shoes.

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Tripster Customer
Richmond , IN
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Nice day, but humid"
July 2019 NEW
We've been planning to go for years, and finally made it. We did the self-guided audio tour of the house. I liked going at our own pace, though a part of me wonders what else we might have learned had we had a guided tour. Due to travel schedule, we only spent one day there and unfortunately got a late start. We toured the garden, arboretum, inside the house, shopped, and the wine tasting in Biltmore Village. I am not a big wine drinker, but our taste tester assistant knew her wines well.

While I can't speak for the crowds in other seasons, they were tolerable for my expectations. I definitely got some sticker shock vs. what others who had been previously indicated the costs would be. This is probably my only real complaint about the visit itself. We expected the weather for our time of year, but were a little surprised at the humidity in the mountains. Beautiful day with no rain so can't complain there. I think it might have been better if we had gone at a different time of the year when not so humid. Plenty still in bloom in the gardens; more that we saw in bloom in Charleston 2 years ago at this time. I am interested in going back in the fall or near the holidays to see the differences in the scenery and maybe any holiday decorations plus tour (rooftop, winery, and behind the scenes) the other sights we didn't get to see on our limited schedule.
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Tip: I would suggest two days to get the full experience, but you can certainly get most highlights in on day. Choose you timing and preparations for the weather and related scenery views (flowers in bloom, leaves changing colors, and temperature for any outdoors activities). You are given a entry time, so waiting outside until your turn.

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Mike Gardner
Taylorsville , GA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Visit to Biltmore"
July 2019 NEW
Purchase of tickets to Biltmore was easy. I purchased on July 4th for a visit on July 5th. The grounds were beautiful and the house was amazing. Had a great time!
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Tip: Plan to get there early to enjoy the many acres of walking and biking trails before or after the tour of the house.

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Carole Williams
Southside, AL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"too hot"
July 2019 NEW
We would have enjoyed the experience, but after waiting in line for 45 minutes to enter, then you get inside and there is no air conditioning of course, but there are long lines to go through each room which move at a snails pace. .Ended up scurrying through the tour and drove around the beautiful gardens. Def. not a place to visit in the summer
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Tip: go in spring or fall

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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koestlerk
"Super"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 17, 2019 NEW
We really enjoyed our day at the Biltmore. Everyone from our 10 year old to the 56 year old. Fir our group of 10 we got 5 audio tour guides and shared them. The audio guide is a must. Really enhanced the tour.
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TravelDadYT
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
"Impressive But Lacking Something...."
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 17, 2019 NEW
We visited the Biltmore Estate. I had been looking forward to our visit for quite a long time. This review is from start to finish. It was easy to get to the Biltmore Estate from Gatlinburg, TN where we were on vacation. Easy drive down I-40. Beautiful scenery along the way. We opted to park in Lot C; where the free shuttles pick you up under a shelter and take you directly to the estate. The drive up the driveway is quite beautiful. Ticket takers are at the front gate so have them ready. We had no wait for the shuttle and in a few moments, we were standing in front of the estate. Yes, it is big and yes, it is impressive. We walked on the lawn to get decent shots. It is very difficult to get a shot w/o a tour bus or groups of people walking about b/c the front door of the house is where the tours begin. Before we did the tour of the house, we took a walk through the garden. They were very well done. We walked under the vineyard and saw lots of grapes. We did not make it to the winery. It was threatening to rain so we made our way to the estate. We ducked into the bathroom, very clean facilities on the property and the sky opened! We were able to wait undercover until the rain stopped. We were lucky to have packed some travel tote umbrellas for such an event. We got back in line, went through the security bag check and was able to enter the house. We each took the audio tour. A helpful employee was there to hand out what looked like a cordless phone. Each room had a number and to listen to the history of the room, you enter the room number on the keypad of the device. It was easy enough to use and they had a lanyard to hang it around your neck if you didn't want to carry it. A few different people voiced the audio tour. It was interesting and you didn't spend too much time in each room; no longer than 5 minutes. Since it was self-guided, you could stay as long as you liked to see the detail of each room which was a bonus. You didn't have a docent rushing you through. Yes, the rooms are beautiful and quite ornate. But, they seemed to be lacking warmth. Hardly any person effects were on display. We made our way up and down staircases; saw many of the different sitting rooms, bedrooms, dining rooms, kitchen, servants quarters, gymnasium, pantry, indoor swimming pool, etc... We seemed to have covered just about every square inch of the property including the basement. I believe the billiard room was the last room we saw before we gave our audio devices to the employees. From there, we made our way to the bathroom (the tour lasted about 1 1/2 hours and we weren't rushing) and to the gift shop. They have many food samples to try. The gift shop is well stocked with all things Biltmore. I bought our elderly neighbor a calendar and a DVD of the estate. We made our way back to the shuttle bus loading area, we didn't have long to wait. It seemed they were on a quick schedule. The shuttle dropped us off at the parking lot shelter where we were picked up. We got into our vehicle, followed the well-marked "exit" signs and were back on the highway soon enough. I would recommend a stop in the Biltmore Village for a snack of some sort. You can go to my profile page and read my reviews of places to eat.
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sigfam
"Amazing home"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 17, 2019 NEW
Amazing historic home - take the roof top tour. Do pay attention to busy times as they get very busy.
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womprat208
"Expansive grandeur"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 17, 2019 NEW
Biltmore is something you don't fully comprehend until you visit. The house is massive and the grounds expansive. We went during the Chihuly exhibition, and it was beautiful.
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TateZen
London, United Kingdom
"Unpleasant visit on my birthday "
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed July 17, 2019 NEW
I visited Biltmore in the past and since I happen to be in Asheville on my birthday, I just wanted to walk around the gardens and visit Antlers village sans visiting the house. I was told to purchase the full price ticket! It seems the Biltmore PR gives the same lame excuse by offering $10 off the ticket price here on TripAdvisor.I am a journalist and Biltmore PR Department was very unaccommodating, especially since I requested a discounted pass to see the gardens on my birthday! They refused point blank and I never had such experience even while visiting many chateaux in France! This is the worst PR department I have ever dealt with. Disappointed would be an understatement. One is better off to go to Pays de la Loire in France and visit 2-3 chateaux/day at a reasonable price! It is incredible how a bad PR department and how they handle things can totally ruin previous impression of this estate, especially on one’s birthday!
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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, 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.