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.

The following dates are expected to have a high volume of guests and reservations are required for house entry: June 1, 8, 15-16, 22, 29-30. Beginning July 1, reservations for Biltmore House will be 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.

Tripster Customer Reviews

310 Reviews
Liz Myers
McMurray, PA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Biltmore"
June 2019 NEW
Tickets seem expensive considering that there is no guided tour included. But if you enjoy history or design it is worth the price! Easily could spend hours on the grounds alone. Highly recommend the audio tour as well. The cafe in the courtyard had delicious food. Overall a highlight of our trip
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Marilyn Banks
Oriental, NC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Biltmore Estate"
June 2019 NEW
A wonderful destination! The audio tour was great, a must if you go. Hope to get back soon!!
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Tip: Audio tour and gardens

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Shirley Dickinson
1 Review
"Overpriced annual tickets"
June 2019 NEW
I am an 82 year old handicap lady, so can’t go everywhere in house, but now you have one only annual ticket, hard to get into house, for me, you took away my Mobility ticket, jacked up price, last year I’m going
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Tip: Pricy

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Herbert Spangler Jr
Columbus , OH
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"We finally did the Biltmore!"
June 2019 NEW
After hearing how wonderful the Biltmore was for many years, we finally went! Terrific! Unbelievable what George Washington Vanderbuilt did before the turn of the century. We got our tickets on line ....great idea....went early....great idea....gates open at 8:30....house at 9:00 am.....go early! Ate in the stable restaurant....great idea! The walk from the parking lot takes about 8 minutes, so if you don't want to walk....park in the lot that has a shuttle. Go when you think that the weather will be cooler. A lot of walking...but well worth it. There are inexpensive motels in nearby Black Mountain (about 20 minutes away).
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Tip: Hot summer is not the time to go....spring or fall when it's cooler....remember going to a house that was built in 1894 has no air-conditioning

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Chelsea Adcock
Matthews, NC
1 Review
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"Great"
June 2019 NEW
Awesome experience. A little pricey for what is offered. Should be able to purchase tickets solely for the grounds
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Tip: Expensive

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Lance Varner
Columbia, SC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Wedding Anniversary Day Trip"
June 2019 NEW
Our only minor inconvenience was having to get back out of line to go back and get the correctly printed versions of our tickets(they needed to have the time stamp on them). The lady who printed our tickets for us originally did not tell us that. Other than that we had a great day!
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Tip: Get there early so you enjoy the entire day on the grounds. Better yet make it a weekend event!

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Jacqueline Muoio
Henrico, VA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Awesome"
June 2019 NEW
Took my daughter to Biltmore for her birthday. She was so excited. The attendants were all really nice and helpful. I could not do the steps, thank goodness for the elevator and the benches. The experience was like walking through a fairy tale and just imagining yourself living back then. The gardens were beautiful. The grounds just went on and on.
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Tip: bring sunblock and wear good shoes

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Erin Callor
LASCASSAS, TN
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Biltmore Blast"
June 2019 NEW
The Biltmore Estate was impressive. Enjoyed learning the history behind the last largest mansion.
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Tip: Wear sunscreen because the lines are outside with no shade.

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mark07871
Sparta, New Jersey
"Fun peak into another time "
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed June 16, 2019 NEW
A beautiful setting as I’m sure all the reviews will say. We rented the audio guides which gave a deeper perspective as we toured the house. Also took the separate Attics tour which was a small group with a guide taking us to and through the rooftops. The Attics tour resonated more with me than my wife. I really liked hearing about the construction aspects of the house. We both loved the rooftop views!
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betsypider1
"Views obstructed by audio-tourists"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed June 15, 2019 NEW
I loved my visit, but the people with the audio tour devices on their ears kept us backed up, way behind the ropes, and extended the tour for longer than necessary. I'm asking that if anyone uses the audio-tour to kindly move to the back of the crowd to listen as long as necessary so the rest of the tourists can enjoy the views of the residence. Otherwise, we all just clump around and don't get to see anything.
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Tildamae
Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina
"Disappointing"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed June 15, 2019 NEW
Several years ago, my daughters and I visited the Biltmore and toured the mansion. Because it was fall, the gardens were not in bloom, but it was still a lovely visit. Today I thought I would break up my long drive to KY by stopping by the Biltmore and just walk the grounds. I thought it would be good exercise after sitting in the car for so long. Much to my shock and dismay, I would still be required to pay the full admission charge of $75. even though I had no interest in going into the house. Seriously?? Just to walk through the gardens you charge $75?? Be advised.....it’s all or nothing at the Biltmore.
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David S
"Beautiful Historical Home and Gardens "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 15, 2019 NEW
Second time visiting. A good 2 hour self guided tour of the house. The last time we came was at Christmas. Awesome place to view architectural history at it's finest. Afterwards, we explored the gardens and winery. Highly recommend doing and check out the complimentary wine tasting afterwards.
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Suzanne D
Montreal, Canada
"Highlight of trip!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 15, 2019 NEW
The visit was full of wonders, breathtaking views from every window, interesting works of art. One must not miss visiting the basement with its servants’ quarters, laundry/ironing rooms, bowling alley, swimming pool, exercise room ....just everything!
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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.