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Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC

1 Approach RdAsheville, NC 28803
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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!

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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
  • 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


from Biltmore Estate
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.

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.

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.

Fashionable Romance: Wedding Gowns in Film, February 12 - July 4:
During your visit, join us in celebration of Biltmore’s long history as a location for weddings and romantic getaways. The estate is hosting a new costume exhibition highlighting love stories from iconic films. Fashionable Romance: Wedding Gowns in Film, presented by Belk, showcases wedding dresses and attire from major motion pictures spanning centuries of design.

More than 40 award-winning costumes from 19 classic films will be displayed throughout the grand rooms of Biltmore House. Costumes illustrate changing styles in wedding fashions from the 1700s through the 1940s and the exquisite attention to detail that Cosprop Ltd., London, brings to its film costume projects. Accenting the costume displays will be elaborate floral arrangements complementing each film’s era, created by Biltmore’s Floral design team.

The exhibition will continue in Antler Hill Village & Winery with stories and heirlooms from 60 years of Vanderbilt family weddings, including a re-creation of Cornelia Vanderbilt Cecil's beautiful wedding gown and veil, and the family veil worn by both Jacqueline Kennedy and her cousin, Mary Lee Ryan Cecil, at their weddings.

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 advance reservations are required for house entry: Oct 1-2, 7-10, 14-16, 21-23, 28-30; Nov 4-6, 11-13, 18-27; Dec 2-4, 9-11, 16-31; and Jan 1, 7 & 8, 2017. Times are based on availability. Please call the number printed on your E-Ticket to reserve your time. Note: Printed E-ticket voucher is required for entry.

Reserve Gatlinburg Customer Reviews

32 Reviews
Steve Johnson
Nashville, TN
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Quick trip"
August, 2016
Our experience was great. We visited the Biltmore on a weekday, which has less traffic. We were able to leave for lunch and return for more touring. Got tickets in advance for the discount. The access is easy, and busses from parking are very convenient. Our kids are both nearing 16, so they got in free.
Tip: Get tickets in advance. Visit on a weekday. There's less traffic. Or, if you visit on a weekend, get there as soon as it opens. Don't rush your visit.

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Reserve Gatlinburg Customer
Concord, NC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Biltmore Estate Mansion - Amazing!"
August, 2016
Absolutely loved it. They do such a good job at keeping Biltmore clean and beautiful. The food was moderately priced and very delicious. A breathtaking moment once you arrive, the tour and the estate is just incredible. If I had more time to go, I would visit monthly, especially during Christmas time.
Tip: You'll be spending at least a good 5 hours if you take the time to read everything and look at the beautiful scenery, any more time is a plus.

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Terri D.
Covington, LA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
August, 2016
It is definitely a "bucket list" item! I've never been to England, but I know this is a close as it gets here in the States! It is awe-inspiring and just overwhelmingly beautiful! To think this was all done at the turn of the 20th century blows my mind! As many people were in the house at one time - you'd think it would be an issue - but they've got this tour-thing worked out into a fine science - just lovely!
Tip: Be sure to wear comfortable shoes - lots of walking. There are other tour add-ons you can purchase once you get to the home.

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Elcilene Moseley
Coconut Creek, FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Day at the Biltmore Estate"
August, 2016
What a lovely day my family and I had at the Biltmore Estate. We toured the house and got to see how people lived back then. The gardens and trails were beautifully kept. The architecture is awe inspiring. We will return to do the upstairs and downstairs tour.
Tip: Wear comfortable shoes and light clothing in the summer.

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Steve Benton
Richmond, KY
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Biltmore trip"
August, 2016
Nice trip for Lynn Dalton & myself.
Tip: tours you can take

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Jeffry L.
Northampton, MA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
August, 2016
A mansion tour like no other. Lots of different areas of the mansion are open to the public, including some of the hired help quarters. We only took the standard tour, but much ore is offered. There is basically a steady stream of visitors following a suggested route through the mansion. There are staff people along the way to ask any specific questions you may have. There are many food options available after your tour as well as shopping.
Tip: it can be crowded, the mansion has no AC.

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Dean Kendell
Dayton, OH
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Biltmore Estate"
July, 2016
Reserve Gatlinburg made purchasing and printing tickets very easy. The mansion and grounds are beautiful. It was great to glimpse another bit of American history.
Tip: If you want to avoid slow-moving long lines touring the house, go early in the week. We highly recommend both the audio tour and the upstairs-downstairs tour.

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Larry Emery
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"eagle nest"
July, 2016
Beautiful grounds and mansion. Only regret that we did not have a guide.
Tip: Be prepared to climb steps.

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Oak Brook, Illinois
"Self guided tour with audio "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 26, 2016 NEW
Great tour with the audio at The Biltmore Estate. Then walked thru the gardens and to the bass pond. Before leaving we went to Antler Village and the winery for wine tasting...very nice!
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Rose H
Conway, South Carolina
"Worth every minute!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 26, 2016 NEW
What a wonderful, beautiful, interesting historical site. Highly recommended for all; however, those with limited walking ability, you'll need a wheelchair and will only be able to get through the 1st and 2nd floors. Not (in my opinion) recommended for children under 10. Realize you'll probably be walking (slowly) behind crowds of people.
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Michael H
"Wow is all I can say"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 26, 2016 NEW
Make sure you have your walking shoes on, as you will be doing a lot of it through this amazing building. The house is stunning inside and out, the staff is friendly and knowledgeable. The entire thing was a pleasant experience. Make sure you take an entire day to enjoy it.
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Trenton, Florida
"After 20 years we visited again."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 26, 2016 NEW
Biltmore Estate is an amazing place. The home is beyond description. A number of tours are offered, but we just did the self guided one. Even the food was good and (sort of) reasonably priced.
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Lindsay W
Bluffton, South Carolina
"Beautiful place!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 26, 2016 NEW
If you are visiting the area, this is a must see! We wish we had more time to spend here at the Biltmore Estate. If you plan on visiting this place, I would recommend planning to make this trip and entire day trip.. There is so much to see here! The staff is so courteous and helpful.

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 bar codes 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?
Reservations are required only for certain days for entry by calling the Biltmore office with the phone number provided on the E-ticket. We cannot offer admission without prior reservation due to popularity of this attraction.

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 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.