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

313 Reviews
Bernadette Zitelli
Myrtle Beach , SC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"The Sites at the Biltmore Estate"
June 2019 NEW
If you visit the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC you will not be disappointed. The views from all the windows at the Biltmore Estate are beautiful in every direction. I would highly recommend visiting the gardens and the winery while you are there. The winery offers complimentary food and wine tastings from an assortment of fine wines.
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Stephanie Cash
albany, KY
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Biltmore estate"
June 2019 NEW
We have never been! The experience was great! I would suggest to purchase the audio players as well! It's a lot of walking but beautiful too see! We also visited the gardens and winery!
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Tip: We used the shuttle service! Purchase and audio player for the experience

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Betty Reeves
Churchville, MD
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Biltmore"
June 2019 NEW
Wonderful!
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Tip: Beautiful home and gardens

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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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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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josephmB4977XN
Asheville, North Carolina
"Breathtaking and very interesting "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 23, 2019 NEW
Bought the package visit through Trip Advisor. It’s pricey but worth it. The history behind the Biltmore is fascinating. You will want the headset recording, without it you miss so much. Ate at the Stable Pub with the package ticket. Package includes Entry to the Biltmore and Grounds, Headset and Lunch. You can’t reserve tables for lunch, only dinner. Food was good, desert was over the top. Plan on taking desert to go. Tried to haggle a glass of Biltmore wine instead, but the package locks you to dessert. We did the garden first to beat the afternoon sun. House was still hot, but they had fans. Self guided headphone tour does take about 90 minutes. I would do it again. Maybe spring or fall.
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Mlee103
Wilmington, North Carolina
"An amazing home"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 23, 2019 NEW
I have toured the Biltmore several times over the years but each time I see things I have not seen before as it is so immense there is a lot to take in. It is an expensive ticket so buy it at least 7 days ahead to save a little money, but you are supporting its preservation as it is privately owned. The house is not air conditioned, but they do have big fans; I was lucky to be there on a cool summer day with no humidity. Be prepared to go up and down a lot of steps! The gardens and conservatory are lovely, but again, a lot of steps. The restrooms are located outside the house so be sure to use them before going in. There are stores and little food shops located in the courtyard by the Mansion where you can get a light meal or snack. I also added on an extra tour, the 60 minute Biltmore House Revealed which means a lot more steps; they advise you of this before selling you the ticket. The tour is interesting, but what you see is not very impressive, and too much to add on to the tour of the Biltmore, better to do another day. You might want to read "Lady On the Hill" by Howard Covington before going as it goes into what the family had to do to restore the home and open it to the public
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203ronaldr
Bryan, Texas
"Anniversary Vacation"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 23, 2019 NEW
This is a fantastic facility. It was built in 1895 by George Vanderbilt when he was still a bachelor. It is 175,000 square feet and was built with state of the art and futuristic plumbing, heating, cooling, refrigeration, and landscaping.
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Motorcycle Mike B
"Its All a Grand Experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 23, 2019 NEW
We stayed a week in Grand Hotel and felt by weeks end Like a Vanderbilt ! The service staff , food , facilities are 1st class .
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JAM623
Johns Creek, Georgia
"World’s Greatest Home"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 23, 2019 NEW
We have walked through several Vanderbilt homes now, including The Breakers in Newport, RI and now The Biltmore in Asheville. Both of these “gilded age” homes warrant a visit. They are similar in some ways, yet different. Both are inspired by the great royal castles in England and Europe, but while those (e.g., Versailles, Windsor, Schönbrunn, Neuschwanstein) are grander in utter opulence, they are cold, impersonal and rather gaudy. The Breakers and The Biltmore were homes, warm and inviting, perhaps the most beautiful homes in the world. There are none more exceptional than these two. The Breakers is smaller than The Biltmore (65,000 sq. ft. versus 178,000, but in terms of sheer beauty of interior finishings, it is an interior decorator’s dream—truly perfect in every way. The Biltmore is also beautifully finished, but it is the innovative planning and extraordinary setting that amaze here—as well as the sheer scale. These are important additions to America’s great landmarks. Where are the contributions of Gates, Zuckerberg and Bezos?
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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.