Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC

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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!

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 Reserve Direct'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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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.

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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 advance reservations are required for house entry: July 1-8, 13-15, 20-22, 27-29; Aug. 4, 11, 18, 25; Sept. 1-2; 8, 15, 22, 29; Oct. 4-22, 26-28; Nov. 2-4, 9-11, 16-25; Dec. 1-2, 7-9, 14-16, 21-31; Jan. 1, 5-6. 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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Nancy King Schnell
Hartsville , SC
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Loved it"
December, 2018 NEW
We had a great time!
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Nancy King Schnell
Hartsville , SC
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Was ok"
December, 2018 NEW
No cable TV, toilet takes a long time to refill. Water pressure not great. Hard to turn around in yard, we have a truck it was tight. Couch was a futon not comfortable to sit on for long periods. No dishwasher. Other then that it was ok.
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Tip: Biltmore and Omni Park hptel

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Barry Maddux
Boaz , AL
1 Review
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"Biltmore Candlelight Tour"
December, 2018 NEW
We have been to the Biltmore before but this was our first Candlelight Tour. We loved it! Everything was beautiful! I highly recommend it!
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Ruby W.
Youngsville, NC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Beautiful Experince"
December, 2018 NEW
The Biltmore house and estate was lovely as always. I've visited many times and enjoy it each time. The weather was mild and crowds light when I was there. I always enjoy seeing the house whether it is a daytime visit or candlelight. Had a nice lunch at Biltmore Inn . The tickets were very easy to purchase online,
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Michelle Hargreaves
Pfafftown, NC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Biltmore at Christmas"
December, 2018 NEW
The ticket purchase was so easy and the decorations were wonderful, unfortunately it rained the entire time and the lines to get in were long and not covered, other than that it was a great time, just be prepared for the crowds!
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Kevin Gorman
Fuquay Varina, NC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Awesome experience"
December, 2018 NEW
We drove 4.5 hours to go see the Biltmore and it was amazing. We went to Cedricks Tavern and it had awesome food. Will visit again!
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Tip: People should know that candlelighting is a ticket that lets you go inside the biltmore, without that you just travel the grounds

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Virginia Cherry
Buckatunna, MS
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Christmas at Biltmore"
December, 2018 NEW
We parked and walked. DO NOT DO THAT. Had a 75 yr old with us.. it was hard on her. And the flights of stairs on the inside were hard for her. I loved the house..but they need something for older people to be able to tour it easier. And the walk back , and up those stairs and hills. I never heard the end of it.
They need transport for the older folks for sure. I was wore out from helping her up and down!
But it's a beautiful place.
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Tip: Lots of walking..if you park and walk. Lots of stairs inside..hard on bad knees or elderly.

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Sandy Zamudio
Elgin, IL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Biltmore Estate"
December, 2018 NEW
From the ticket purchase to walking the beautiful estate, was a flawless experience. No hassle on the grounds with our tickets. We drove right through. The Christmas decorations were breathtaking!
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Tip: Have your ticket handy and just drive right in. No need to stop. Take the audio tour if it's your first time. So much information to hear.

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ricardo220
Asheville, North Carolina
"Fantasy in the Forest"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 12, 2018 NEW
The first view one has of the house is magical. It is experience that will be with you forever. Once in the ¨house¨a world of unexpected opulence and grandeur is everwhere you look. Do not miss visiting the Biltmore Estate.
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kkladke
"Gorgeous Scenery!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 12, 2018 NEW
My family spent a day at the Biltmore Estate this summer. The mansion is breath-taking! We had a great time in the winery and exploring the Antler Village. Definitely a must see in Asheville!
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Mike J
Augusta, Georgia
"Unbelivable!!!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 12, 2018 NEW
This has to be a bucket list must see. History is amazing. This was my fifth visit. I will be back again, Just awesome.
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bigdaddy861
Bronx, New York
"Historic and luxurious."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 12, 2018 NEW
Had the opportunity to visit the Biltmore Estate with my wife for the first time. I can say I was blown away at the immensity and beauty of the Estate. Peeking out of every window I could appreciate the gorgeous views of the mountains, the valleys, the gardens. For those of you who carry weapons I will tell you this: Leave it in the car if you can. You have to go through metal detectors to gain access to the main house. If you forget don't panic...there are some lockers near the outside restrooms where you can secure it until you get out. They have guided tours if that's your thing. They also have an audio tour which in my opinion is a tad overpriced. You have gift shops and eateries. Take your car and travel through the massive land. You'll find other great things to do, including their farms. I loved it so much I upgraded to a yearly pass which also gives you a 10% discount on anything on the Estate. If you're in the area check it out. If you're not then plan yourself a weekend trip. It will be worth your while.
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montana267
Covington, Kentucky
"Fake candles for candlelight evening"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed December 11, 2018 NEW
The Biltmore house is big and beautiful and I am not reviewing the house or the tour I am reviewing the candlelight evening. You pay an extra $25 a person to enter the house after 5:30 pm. The only real burning candles were out in the front of the house. I expected to see many candles in the house and to my surprise many rooms didn’t even have a battery operated candle. In the future I hope the family that owns and operates the Biltmore will have real candles for their Christmas Candlelight Evening and candles burning in more rooms.
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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: Reservations are required for entering Biltmore House for high volume days and are made by calling Biltmore' phone number provided in the note section on your E-ticket. They cannot offer house entry without prior reservation on these dates due to the popularity of this attraction. If you arrive without a reservation, please proceed to Guest Services outside of Biltmore House after scanning your ticket(s) to receive a reservation time.

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.