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Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC

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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!

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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

Description

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: February 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28, March 5-6, 12-13, 19-31; April 1-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, 30; May 1, 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-30; June 4, 11, 18, 25; July 2-4, 9, 16, 23, 30; August 6, 13, 20, 27; September 3-4. 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

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Reserve Gatlinburg Customer
Concord, NC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Biltmore Estate Mansion - Amazing!"
August, 2016 NEW
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
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"Magnificent!!!"
August, 2016 NEW
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
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"Day at the Biltmore Estate"
August, 2016 NEW
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
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"Biltmore trip"
August, 2016 NEW
Nice trip for Lynn Dalton & myself.
Tip: tours you can take

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Jeffry L.
Northampton, MA
1 Review
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"Great!!"
August, 2016 NEW
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
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"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
UM
1 Review
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"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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Kathy Payne
Portsmouth , VA
1 Review
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"Biltmore tickets"
July, 2016
Used Reserve Gatlinburg first time to secure tickets to visit Biltmore Estate. Very user friendly. Price was very reasonable. Printed tickets, and had no problems on day of visit to Biltmore.
Tip: Go early in the morning if possible.

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carol brannon
athens, GA
1 Review
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"Great day!"
July, 2016
We had a great day at Biltmore Estates. Because of the heat, we toured the grounds when we got there about 9:30, then toured the house. We both loved the audio tour. My husband said he would have been finished in a short time without it, yet lingered longer than I with them. We ate lunch and felt the prices were reasonable. It was a highlight of our 35th anniversary trip to the Asheville area.

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Mistie Hoosier
Hickory, NC
1 Review
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"Excellent experience"
July, 2016
Went to the Biltmore with my mom and we absolutely loved it!! The mansion is beautiful and even more than you could imagine!! Waiting to go again around Christmas!!
Tip: Plan to spend the whole day exploring, there is so much to see!!! Recommend the rooftop tour also!!

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Randall F.
Hillsborough, NC
1 Review
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"Biltmore and Families; Student Groups"
July, 2016
Our family was excited to see the Estate together. Our sons, ages 9 & 13 were initially interested in exploring an "American Castle." The price was acceptable since kids under 17 were "free." We didn't opt for the audio tour or photo, due to the extra pricing, and we noticed many of the hallways and rooms on the main tour were off limits. Some guides along the route offered interesting tidbits of information which could have peaked the interest of teens and children, but for the most part, our boys were not interested in the history, the flower gardens, or the winery. The shops and restaurant were also not very kid-friendly.
Overall, this is not a great day trip for a family with children; perhaps when they are older, our children will have more interest.
The tour also convinced us that it is not affordable or reasonable to recommend for school or church groups to visit.
Tip: Cost, LOTS of walking and standing; extra costs for photos, audio tours, food.

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Maureen Kahovec
Victor, NY
1 Review
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"Biltmore Estate Unbelievable!"
June, 2016
Biltmore Estate is really something to see! It is unbelievable that Mr.Vanderbilt took so many acres in the middle of nowhere and not only built his "home" but provided for the rest of the town. We only saw about 30 rooms, so it is hard to imagine that there are almost 200 more! I have been to Hyde Park and toured Vanderbilt mansion there and I thought that was something! It's hard to imagine that people lived so extravagantly at the turn of the century-especially for my middle class upbringing! Definitely a must see if you appreciate beauty and history!
Tip: Get there as soon as the gates open at 8:30 and be sure to visit the winery!

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Richard Sullivan
Greenfield, WI
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"great piece of history"
June, 2016
The Biltmore is a rare piece of history here in the USA. There are very few of these estates still around. It shows how building an estate was done in those times. It still shows very well due to the upkeep of this estate. The fees are very well deserved. There are good places to have a cocktail and cuisine there next to the house. shuttle service is very good.
Tip: The Heat comes quick in early May dress accordingly.

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Linda Newton
1 Review
"Luv The Mountains"
May, 2016
Have been going to the Biltmore for almost 40 years and can't understand why the cost has skyrocketed like it has. Certainly not worth $60.00 per person. Makes it impossible for families or Church groups to visit.
Tip: Was there three years ago and nothing new to see. A lot of walking involved

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Stephen Collins
Moncks Corner, SC
1 Review
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"How the one percenters lived"
October, 2015
The Vanderbilt's "summer home", Biltmore, is absolutely amazing. The laundry, en suite bathrooms in every bedroom, bowling alley, swimming pool, and gardens are impressive to say the least. No trip to Asheville is complete without seeing this monument to wealth.
Tip: Be willing to spend the entire day to see it all.

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Carol Dawson
Jeffersonville, IN
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Beautiful Biltmore"
October, 2015
I have wanted to visit the Biltmore estates for many years and finally had the opportunity during a cross country RV trip. My husband and I truly enjoyed our day there and the tour of the main house. Highly recommend this piece of history on your next trip. (this picture is the wrong picture; however, it cannot be changed...sorry)
Tip: Family friendly, bring your camera

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Wilma Raby
Lenoir City, TN
1 Review
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"Great History"
October, 2015
Amazing h history of the Vanderbilts. We took a tour of the grounds and I love learning more about the family. Can't wait to come back for Christmas
Tip: Food was exceptional and the wine tasting was great.

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Danae Sponsel
Shelbyville, IN
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Biltmore Estate visit"
October, 2015
My husband and I loved the self guided tour of the Estate. Wish we had planned to take the additional tour packages also. The gardens were beautiful! Antler Village was a nice bonus. What a great experience. I would highly recomend this trip.
Tip: Loved the self guided Tour but will take advantage of the additional tour options if we plan this trip in the future

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peggy mcquillan
salem, SC
1 Review
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"Worth"
October, 2015
Not worth the cost.

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Clarice Zieja
Pompton Lakes, NJ
1 Review
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"One of the great old mansions from the gilded age!!!"
October, 2015
We had a wonderful day touring the Biltmore. What a beautiful mansion; very impressive and the self-guided tour was excellent. We really enjoyed touring the gardens and walking the property as well as visiting the village where we did a little shopping and had a nice late afternoon meal. I highly recommend adding this to your list of places to see in the Asheville area.
Tip: It is a very large property so be prepared for a lot of walking.

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Carla Pampe
Shreveport, LA
1 Review
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"Biltmore Estate"
July, 2015
The Biltmore was every bit as impressive as it looked in the pictures. The estate was gorgeous, and the Downton Abby exhibit made it even more amazing. The lines were long, however, and it did feel a little bit like being in a cattle call. When we pur The Biltmore was every bit as impressive as it looked in the pictures. The estate was gorgeous, and the Downton Abby exhibit made it even more amazing. The lines were long, however, and it did feel a little bit like being in a Cattlecall. When we purchased tickets, we weren't told we needed a reservation to tour the house, and almost missed the chance. That was a but disappointing.
Tip: Definitely make reservations for a time to go in the house. General admission tickets will not get you in the house.

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Dana Weatherford
Selmer, TN
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Magnificent Estate"
February, 2015
Reserve Gatlinburg made buying tickets easier and cheaper. Printed out tickets and picked up passes at the ticket office. No waiting. Planning on going back in the fall.
Tip: Plan on a whole day to see everything. Little warm in the summer. Might want to visit in the spring or fall.

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ERIN CRAVEN
Walterboro, SC
1 Review
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"great"
February, 2015
Awesome experience at a great discount!
Tip: No photos inside house

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Ruby Martin
Victoria, VA
1 Review
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"Awesome Estate"
February, 2015
Plan a day and enjoy the scenery. It was everything I hoped for and the wine tasting was a treat for a "tee totaller" . The gardens were beautiful and the mansion inside was incredible. I hope to go back again in the future.
Tip: Tickets are cheaper on line

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Russ Stivers
Hendersonville, NC
1 Review
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"Job Well Done Reserve Gatlinburg"
January, 2015
It's so easy it's unbelieveable. Made my reservation on-line and had my tickets printed out in a matter of minutes. The price is always cheaper than any other site. Sure beats waiting in line to obtain tickets at the Biltmore.
Tip: Sometimes it's necassary to check in to get an entrance time, specifically during the holiday. Would be best to rent the headphones outlining the tour.

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Tracy Smith
Norfolk, VA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Biltmore Estate"
January, 2015
The Biltmore Estate was nice. But, they let too many people in. I felt like we were being herded through like a bunch of cattle. For the money spent, I would think groups would get a guided tour. The grounds were quite nice and much less crowded.
Tip: The parking lot has a shuttle that takes you to the grounds. However, there is also a walking path you can take, which is much prettier.

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Susan Glim
Palos Heights, IL
1 Review
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"Quite Spectacular"
January, 2015
My mother and I drove all the way from Chicago to check out this place! Biltmore is quite enchanting and with its rich history it is not to miss! The library was absolutely breathtaking, reminded me of Beauty and the Beast. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful as well.
Tip: Get the headphones! I enjoyed listening to the stories while being in each of the rooms

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Sunnie Svenningsen
Ware Shoals, SC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great Place to Visit!"
January, 2015
My boyfriend and I went just to see the Christmas decorations and it exceeded my expectations! Everything is beautiful and detailed so perfectly! It is amazing to see and I got a great deal on our tickets thanks to reserve gatlinburg. We had lunch at the Stable Cafe and the food was amazing!
Tip: Wear comfy shoes! Also important not to take to much, maybe a light jacket. I didn't enjoy carrying around my heavy coat and heavy handbag.

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Edward York
Covington, KY
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Biltmore"
January, 2015
I recommend everyone to visit the Biltmore at least once. Christmas time is a great time to go.

Reserve Gatlinburg saved us a bunch of money on this trip.
Tip: Plan to be there all day. Get there early to take additional tours, they cost between $18 and $19.

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Rishu Bansal
Charlotte, NC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Awesome trip"
January, 2015
My trip to Biltmore Estate was awesome. It is really a very beautiful estate. The house & gardens are great. the wineryhas great wine.
Tip: Not all the rooms open in house. Do reserve at least two days before visit to get a confirmation on time for house visit.

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Janet Scianimanico
Madisonville, TN
4 Reviews
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"Biltmore is a definite must see!"
January, 2015
The overall presence of Biltmore is breathtaking! The facts and details of it are truly amazing to think when it was built! We will go back! An added plus was to upgrade and get the night Christmas light tour...so we went through during the day ate dinner and went back at night time!
Tip: Definitely get the hand held information devices...lots of great facts!

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Lewis C
Bayonne, New Jersey
"Simply wow! Wish they offered non audio tours."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 23, 2016 NEW
Totally worth the drive out to view this marvel. We liked the wine tasting, self guided tour of the property and lovely grounds. We wish they offered a guided tour apart from an audio piece you can rent for an additional price. A ghost or night tour would have also been a pretty spectacular option for folks too. Use AAA for a discount.
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mlcdpt
Asheville, North Carolina
"Great for whole family "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 23, 2016 NEW
We love Biltmore, and have yearly family passes. Young children will especially like the playground, farm/petting zoo, and seeing the old farm equipment. My son loves sitting on the old tractors and wagons and petting the huge rooster. The staff is SUPER accommodating to young children everywhere we go.
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weaver4848
Asheville, North Carolina
"Americas largest home!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 23, 2016 NEW
Amazing house, indescribable opulence that this family lived in back in the 1890's. A true American treasure that all must see!! Their is so much to do, many restaurants, weekend bands, horse riding, horse and buggy rides, animals you can pet, go to the website biltmore.com to see the dozens of things to see and do!! Get a season pass if your going more than once!
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Cindy M
Kansas City, Kansas
"Stunning estate"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 23, 2016 NEW
The scope of the Biltmore Estate is amazing. The fact that this was a family "home" is hard to wrap your head around. It is expensive to see but my 14 year old granddaughter was free so that helped. It was very busy on the day we went. They also were hosting a Rolls Royce Expo on the front lawn which added to the crowding. We chose the self-guided tour which moved along a little too quickly to really absorb the surroundings. The attention to detail on every aspect of the home is a tribute to fine craftsmanship. All in all, it was a most enjoyable visit.
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Fizzie-8
Pennsylvania
"Amazing Place"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 23, 2016 NEW
We visited the Biltmore in June of this year. It was beyond my expectations! We spent two days there and could have spent more time. The gardens are beautiful with an amazing greenhouse. The house itself was grand. We took the upstairs downstairs tour and it was worth the money, they told you a lot of things that you may have missed yourself. We took the house tour with the audio guide and it was very useful too. We will be going back to see the house again and some of the things we missed hiking trails, the lake, gardens, etc.

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.