Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC

1 Approach RdAsheville, NC 28803
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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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William Mullins
Bristol, TN
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Making the best of a bad time for travel"
March 2020
Considering the Governor mandated closing dinning areas in the Food Service Industry . All areas had pick or delivery food service to customers . The staff was wonderful and very helpful . Although the Residence was closed due to the health concerns staff was extremely helpful and willing to suggest other tour locations on the property . We will be returning to complete the entire tour !!! Thanks again for everything !!! Robbie & Renee
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Tip: Plan for a full day of touring and activities .....

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Angela Prettelt
Evans, GA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great Trip!"
March 2020
We went to the Biltmore mainly to see the Downton Abbey exhibit as we had been to the Biltmore several times in the past. We went on the last weekend they were open because of the Coronaviurs. They were crowded but not overcrowded. Everything went smoothly and they were sanitizing everything for us. The house tour was great and we enjoyed listening to the audio as we went room to room. We also enjoyed the Downton Abbey exhibit although there was a long line at one of them. Overall it was a great day and we appreciated the care they took to keep us safe.
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Tip: Be sure and rent the audio!

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Frankie Diersing
Okeana, OH
1 Review
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"Truly Magnificent!"
March 2020
The Biltmore Estates was a fabulous experience! The winery, the grounds, the hotel were all aawwwwing. Such a beautiful, historical place. I highly recommend you visit! Any time of the year.
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Tip: Make your hotel tour appointment way in advance for a good time slot. Although, most time slots will work before 3:00 p.m.

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Irina Gedikyan
Atlanta, GA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Perfect"
March 2020
That was my thirth wisit to Ashville and Biltmore estate.Everything was so easy-book a room,buy tickets.The price was pretty good for this time of the year.It was very easy to get in,to find a parking space.The waiting time for the shuttle was very short and we had a good trip to the house.With perfect weather we had a wonderful time in the house and Gardens and the winery.We found pretty souvenirs for us and friends.And definitely we had an excellent stay in Biltmore.I will recommend to my friends for a destination with something beatiful to see
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Tip: Weare comfortable shoes and be happy with the friendly atmosphere

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Samantha Lewis
Brooklyn, NY
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Verified Traveler
"Amazing Day Spent at the Biltmore!"
February 2020
So happy we found the promotion for these tickets! Even if you don't get a promo, the price is still very much worth it for what you get included at the Biltmore. Booking through Tripster is super easy and made for an easy check-in at the Biltmore Estate.
With your ticket you get the free shuttle bus from the winery parking lot to the estate, complimentary wine tasting (which was phenomenal! All the wines were very, distinctly good), access to the petting zoo, ability to roam the grounds and see it's many gardens, as well as take the tour of the whole house!
Even though I had a great day at the Bitlmore, I would definitely do it again for the wine tasting.
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Tip: You can always call ahead and inquire about an entry time, but they cannot confirm your time until you are there presenting your ticket. Also, if you forget to print your ticket, no worries, they will have your information at Customer Services.

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Joann Wingfield
Jeffersonville, IN
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Bilttmore house"
February 2020
We had a fantastic time there! Luxury beyond belief! They do rip you off on food prices though. Awesome to find a discount on this site also.
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Tip: Pack snacks as food is very expensive and make sure to schedule appointment to view the house ahead of time.

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Connie Sweeney
Spring Hill, TN
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Tripster Discount for Downton Abbey Exhibit at the Biltmore"
February 2020
I was looking for a discount and found nothing on Groupon. I did find Tripster and they offered discount tickets so I bought our tickets. Very easy to maneuver through the purchase process. Just be sure to print your tickets before you go!
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Tip: Print your tickets. Keep up with them as you go to a different building for part of the exhibit and you do have to show your tickets to even enter Biltmore Estate.

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Holly Reed
Flowery Branch, GA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Beautiful!"
January 2020
Well worth the cost. Allow an entire day for walking around and bring a backpack with water and snacks!
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TripAdvisor Reviews
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JackieHofacer
"Beautiful Biltmore doesn’t disappoint"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 29, 2020 NEW
It was on the bucket list. We went for the Christmas decorations in January. It was amazing. My favorite room was the winter garden room. We got a free pass to return because of a glitch that was to our benefit.
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jerrygold1
Granite Shoals, Texas
"Is this more elegant than European or UK Castles? "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 29, 2020 NEW
Four of us visited on Thursday, May28. Just stunning. Superb construction with spacious open areas, definitely designed for guests and entertainment. Furnishings and knickknacks from around the world along with works from American artists. The grounds and gardens perfectly maintained. Flower types are too numerous to list. Our only disappointment wS we did not bring a fishing pole to try the Bass Pond. Plan on spending several hours wondering the various rooms. There are stairs to the upper levels and down to the kitchen, gym, bowling alley and Swimming pool. We purchased our tickets on line to save entry time as lines can be quite long It is truly America's castle. We have visited most elegant castles in Europe and the UK which are noted for Castles. Perhaps the Dunrobin castle could match some of the furnishings, but not the size, various rooms and grounds. This is by far the most elegant we have visited
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P9212JFbobc
Kenosha, Wisconsin
"Biltmore architecture"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 20, 2020 NEW
How grand the family were able to live within this structure...need to actually stand within the rooms to absorb the grandeur
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dcdorr
Orlando, Florida
"Christmas at Biltmore and the Downton Exhibit"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 23, 2020
Very crowded as we went at the last days of the Christmas event. Words can not express how grand the Estate is and all of the Christmas decorations. Because of problems walking I had to use a wheelchair after the first floor and I used a wheelchair and one of the oldest continually working elevators to reach the 2nd floor. The staff was very nice and accommodating. Downton Abbey exhibit was even more crowded and hard to see everything in the beginning portion, but it did transport you to the set and made you feel like you were there.
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KarenK518
Corona, California
"Purchased tickets day before our visit at the Asheville AAA"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 06, 2020
We took another reviewers advice and arrived at the parking lot 1.5 hours before our tour time. Very good advice especially if it’s raining. After parking we walked to the building where they checked our tickets, required us to go through security and then line up to board their shuttle bus. This was our second time to visit the Biltmore so we opted out of paying extra for the audio tour. If you read all the signage and visit more than the main house, it is a full day activity.
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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.