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.

Downton Abbey: The Exhibition – Now through April 7, 2020,
This immersive exhibition celebrates the global hit television series, offering never-before-seen interactive elements that connect you to your favorite characters, as well as the fashions, locations, and historical events of the time period.

Showcased in two estate locations - Amherst at Deerpark and The Biltmore Legacy - Downton Abbey: The Exhibition pairs seamlessly with the real-life story of the Vanderbilt family.

Access to Downton Abbey: The Exhibition is included with your daytime admission and Candlelight Christmas Evenings admission.

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

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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Holly Reed
Flowery Branch, GA
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"Beautiful!"
January 2020 NEW
Well worth the cost. Allow an entire day for walking around and bring a backpack with water and snacks!
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Kevin Baucom
Danville , VA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great experience"
January 2020 NEW
Great experience
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Tip: Weather can change quickly in the North Carolina mountains in January, bring your gear.

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Robert Caulder
West Columbis, SC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Biltmore tickets"
January 2020 NEW
It was great
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Tip: You may have stop by the welcome center to convert the tickets

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Patti Britz-Stensaker
Roanoke, VA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Perfect After Christmas outing!"
January 2020 NEW
My hubby and I decided to see the lights and decorations at The Biltmore after having seen it's beauty in the spring. It definitely did not disappoint! It was the last day for the décor and we scored on 40% off decorations bought throughout the premises. We also had dinner there and we delighted when it started to snow big fluffy flakes, icing on the cake!
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Tip: Make reservations for any dining that you plan to do on the premises beforehand.

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Marie Allen
Charleston, SC
1 Review
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"Biltmore get a way"
January 2020 NEW
It was beautiful seeing the Biltmore however the weather was not very good . The inside of the mansion was very nicely decorated . I was though a bit surprised that the outside of the home had no Christmas lights. There was a tree in the lawn that was decorated with lights. Antler hill and the wine tasting was great ! Next time I would like to go see it in the springtime when flowers are in bloom, since was not able to see any flowers in the winter . Overall it is a nice place to visit
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Tip: Weather is unpredictable this time of year.

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Jake Manning
Greenville, NC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Excellent!"
January 2020 NEW
My wife and I had a great time! Such a nice getaway. Highly recommend. We went when all the Christmas lights and decorations were still up.
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Tip: Even though the gardens are not nearly as pretty in the winter, still go check out the conservatory! It was beautiful. Also, we would recommend the audio guide. Without it you’ll miss a lot of what the Biltmore is all about.

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Mariah Melber
Tampa, FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"The Biltmore with Tripster"
January 2020 NEW
This was a great experience! Tickets for The Biltmore on their website was sold out for the day we wanted to go. Thanks to Tripster we were able to go on that day and it was a very easy and smooth process! Such a beautiful and historical place to visit with so much more to do than you'd think!
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Tip: Make sure to plan an Biltmore Mansion entrance time! The ticket gets you into the property, but you must coordinate a time to enter the building at no extra cost!

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Julia Van Praet
Garner, NC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Amazingly beautiful"
January 2020 NEW
Christmas display of lights inside were gorgeous. The craftsmanship was truly remarkable. We're looking forward to going again to see the rest of the estate during the day.
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Tip: It took us a while to locate the where to enter and we had to shuttle from our parking place.

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charles g
Laurel, New York
"Spectacular"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 24, 2020 NEW
We've been to many historic homes. None compare to the Biltmore. You have to do the self-guided tour with 39 stops for $15. The insights about the family, the architect and the history were excellent. It took 2 hours.
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Loretta D
"Always an amazing time! Love the special events!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 23, 2020 NEW
We've been to Biltmore several times now. The Candlelit tours during the winter are wonderful as was the Chihuly exhibit. Always something to do. The restaurants are expensive, but we found more reasonable fare at the courtyard dining area.
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Andhouse
Cincinnati, Ohio
"Candlelight Christmas Tour and Dinner"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 23, 2020 NEW
We went to the Candlelight Christmas tour on New Year's Day. We booked a dinner reservation at the Stable House Cafe which is right next to the mansion. It was the perfect place because we were at the site while we were waiting for our tour to start. The meal was a three-course meal and worth the price. We took the tour of the mansion. It was so beautiful and they had live musicians in the center garden area. My ONLY disappointment was that we had to pay for the audio tour device. I felt that for the price of the ticket, they should have been included. You can tour the mansion without the audio, but it makes it so much better with it. My advice is to get the audio device, just be aware that it costs extra.
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mark o
La Mesa, California
"i'm mixed about this place, mostly because it's WAY over-priced"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed January 22, 2020 NEW
had been to Asheville a half dozen times, and finally decided it would be worth it to see this epic place so many of my friends love. and, yeah -- it's big and impressive in so many ways. but having been to many places like this (in the US and internationally), it didn't feel as unique as i thought it would. the only thing that was particularly unique was how crazy expensive it is. felt like the descendants of Vanderbilt, who still own it, must be trying to make a bunch of money off others just like great, great, granddaddy did.
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jennymacfuq
Franklin, Tennessee
"Downton Abbey exhibit is awesome"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 21, 2020 NEW
Beautiful grounds and a great shuttle system. Lunch at Deerpark was fabulous and the winery was a lot of fun, especially the tasting.
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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.

Please note: 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?
Estate Shuttle transportation and parking are included with Biltmore admission. After entering the estate, you will be directed to our parking areas based on whether you are a daytime or overnight guest, and how you’d like to experience the estate.

Central Parking
For the most informative and care-free way to experience the estate, choose our convenient estate shuttle. Shuttles stop at Biltmore House & Gardens, Antler Hill Village & Winery, and Amherst at Deerpark.

Walking Lots
If you’d like to enjoy a 10- to 15-minute walk to the house and gardens, you may choose to park closer to Biltmore House in one of our Walking Lots.

Antler Hill Village & Winery
To experience Antler Hill Village prior to your Biltmore House visit, follow the signs and park in one of the parking areas within easy walking distance of this area’s hotels, shops, restaurants, Winery, exhibition hall, Farmyard, playground and more. Catch a shuttle from this location when ready to visit Biltmore House & Gardens or Amherst/Deerpark.

What are the hours for estate transportation?
All Estate Shuttles run daily from 8:30 AM to 10:00 PM, with later hours during Candlelight Christmas Evenings.

From Biltmore House, you may walk to the gardens or take a Garden Shuttle to and from the gardens and Conservatory area.

Garden Shuttles run continuously from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM daily.

Does Biltmore Estate feature any restaurants where kids eat free?
Yes! At Deerpark Restaurant, children 5 and under dine for free.

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.