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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Tripster Customer
Hayesville, NC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Family Adventure"
August 2019 NEW
I took my daughter to the Biltmore for a fun family adventure. We had lots of fun imagining what it would be like to live in a house like that.
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Tip: You will need a reservation time

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Edward Shults
Port Clinton, OH
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Biltmore House Experience"
August 2019 NEW
Was educational and fantastic! The discount on Tripster was icing on the cake!!
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Tip: They stick to appointment times for the house tour...only working restrooms are by the carriage house

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Lisa Solomon
Loudon, TN
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Wonderful vacation"
August 2019 NEW
We had a great time visiting Biltmore Estates!!
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Tip: You will do a lot of walking

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Penny Mccracken
Mount Washington, KY
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Wow, just wow"
August 2019 NEW
My first Time there but I will definitely return. I highly suggested renting the headphones to hear all the information. What a beautiful place. The gardens were absolutely gorgeous. I loved they had a couple of restaurants there for you to eat. Very inexpensive.
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Tip: Although we didn’t do it and will definitely do it next time I highly suggest the behind the scenes tours they offer for additional cost.

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Mary Marcum
Laurel, IN
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Disappointing mansion visit"
August 2019 NEW
Going to the Biltmore was on my bucket list. Was so excited to finally be able to go. Ticket prices are really high but I thought it's going to be worth it. I was wrong, the info online didn't say everything we needed to know, when I made the reservation the lady online didn't either, nor did the nice guy that helps people in front. So after standing in the hot sun for over an hour my sisters my handicapped nephew and my niece finally got to the front and because we didn't have an actual ticket although I had my printed paid ticket I didn't have a actual ticket so I had to step out of line go talk to the ladies and get a ticket got back in line finally got to go in the Mansion is beautiful but very hot inside and it was so hot and crowded my sister couldn't make it any longer so OurTime was cut short and we had to leave the ladies out front were very pushy the prices all over there were outrageous I was just so disappointed that I actually called tripster and complained
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Tip: Carry lots of money.. Get an actual ticket

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Joshua Fort
Charleston, SC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great return trip to Biltmore!"
August 2019 NEW
Tickets from Tripster made it super easy to access the estate. No waiting in lines or stopping at the welcome center like before. All we had to do was call to get our house entry time and drive on in! Biltmore is a must for anyone in the Asheville area. Every time we go they have something new and awesome going on.
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Tip: Call before you get there to set your house entry time. This allows you to bypass the long lines at the welcome center and drive right in!

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Trish Knight
Licking, MO
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Amazing place"
August 2019 NEW
I so enjoyed my visit to the Biltmore Estate. It is a beautiful place and the history I learned was so interesting. I had no idea some of national treasures were stored there during World War II. It was an amazing trip to the past and I really enjoyed it.
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Tip: Take time to tour the garden and hike the trails. Invest in the devises that tell you the story of the Estate at each stop.

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Audrey Reynolds
Jacksonville , FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Plan for a whole day!"
August 2019 NEW
We took the tour of Biltmore House, then went walking through the grounds, then went to Antler Village and saw the farm and museum. All in all, we spent 9 hours on the grounds and it was a perfectly lovely and educational experience. I highly r commend it!
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Ken D
Methuen, Massachusetts
"Absolutely Stunning!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 16, 2019 NEW
We've toured many amazing mansions over the years, including those in Newport, RI, but the Biltmore is by far the most spectacular of them all. It's a building like no other. The entrance fee to the estate is a bit pricey, but it includes access to the Biltmore Gardens, the winery with free tastings, and access to other sites in the surrounding hundreds of acres. The Conservatory building in the garden area is definitely worth checking out. Go early and plan to spend the day touring the whole estate. It's well worth it.
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Sharon H
Empire
"Annual Passholder"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 15, 2019 NEW
We visited back in June and this month also. We did the audio tour and stayed at Antler Hill longer this time. We had tickets for last concert of the season. It was great. Can't wait to see who will be on concert series for 2020. Plan to go back to Biltmore in October and at Christmas.
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William M
Chicago, Illinois
"The Gilded Age on display in the last castle."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 15, 2019 NEW
Well it’s big, it’s over the top, it was the Gilded Age so yes it’s interesting, impressive and certainly not to be missed. Get the headset or you will be wandering around like the clueless tourist.
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cnoelle2019
"Used to be fun"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed August 15, 2019 NEW
I lived in Asheville 11 years and was a passholder for several years. I used to love to go regularly for hikes and strolls through the gardens. As they have grown they raise the prices but the enjoyment has diminished. Even on slower days its just not as pleasant to go. If your a first time visitor I would recommend going if your interested in the house and history. Plan to spend a whole day here and walk the gardens. I would bring a picnic lunch as food and drinks are expensive.
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Georganne E
Ann Arbor, Michigan
"see how the ultra wealthy once lived"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 14, 2019 NEW
It is a beautiful place with lavish gardens and the most friendly docents and hosts I have ever experienced. It shows the lavish life of the very wealthy in the early 1900's. I would have liked to learn more about how much the original house cost and how much the renovations cost. There was ALOT of walking in the house and up and down stairs. It was a very warm and humid day. The house is not air conditioned. In all it was a great place to visit, but I do not see the need to return.
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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.