Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC

1 Approach RdAsheville, NC 28803
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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!

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

162 Reviews
Randolph C.
Statesville , NC
1 Review
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"Outstanding"
October, 2018 NEW
I love this place, it's always a great place to get away and enjoy friendly people with great history. The history the land and the food is all amazing.
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Tip: Get ready for one of the best trips you will ever take!

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Terrameka Williams
LOWELL, NC
1 Review
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"Beautiful"
October, 2018 NEW
First time ever at the Biltmore. I took my husband for his 50th bday and we had a blast. So beautiful and so big. They already had Christmas Tree's up and it was fantastic. Great place for a vacation.
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Tip: Review parking areas and check weather.

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Tonya Mccarty
Knoxville, TN
1 Review
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"Biltmore family day trip"
October, 2018 NEW
It was beautiful! My husband and I had already been before but it was the first time for our kids. We could go over and over and see something new each time. My kids really enjoyed the kids audio guide. That kept him entertained. My only complaint is that they were taking down an exhibit and getting things out to decorate for Christmas so there were a lot of boxes out and people doing a lot of work during our tour. I’d love to go back at christmas
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Kathleen Lovgren
GREER, SC
1 Review
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"AWESOME VIEWS! GLIMPS OF HISTORY! GREAT TIME!"
October, 2018 NEW
My best friend was in town for the weekend and we visited The Biltmore. Though I have visited in the past, I saw new things and we had a great time at the winery. The Chihuly Exhibit was new and a great addition to the already beautiful house/grounds. I look forward to my next visit.
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Harvey Truesdale
Kershaw, SC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Glass at Biltmore"
October, 2018 NEW
Enjoyed the history, views, gardens and glass.
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Tip: Allow plenty of time to enjoy the audio tour, the greenhouse, the winery, and Antler village

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Werner Pfeifer
Knoxville, TN
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Biltmore access"
October, 2018 NEW
Spending close to an hour in an automotive conga line to reach a parking lot was no fun at all. The mansion and surroundings were quite impressive, but the logistics of getting on the property are atrocious.
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Tip: Be prepared to spend lots of time getting in and out of the place. P

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Sandra Mitsis
Orland Park, IL
1 Review
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"Chihuly at Biltmore"
October, 2018 NEW
The Chihuly Exhibit was beautiful especially at night when they were a lit. Can"t express in words just how breathtaking it was. Worth a visit to this enormous estate. Seems like the grounds cover half the state of North Carolina
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Tip: Wear comfortable shoes!

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Sheila Rice
Ashland, KY
1 Review
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"Amazing Chihuly exhibit"
October, 2018 NEW
I have been to the Biltmore several times, but this visit was very special. The Chihuly glass display was extensive, beautiful and blended well with the Biltmore house and gardens. Staff was helpful and friendly.
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Tip: I think it best to arrive early in the day to avoid the crowds and have adequate time to see it all.

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jotter15
Ortonville, Michigan
"So much to see+ Dale Chihuly"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 19, 2018 NEW
Biltmore is worth the time. There is so much to see. We when Chihuly glass exhibit was there and I have to say that made it spectacular. The gardens were my favorite and eating in the stables. Yes it’s really horse stables. Now it’s a restaurant and very cool. You could easily spend a half of day there. I think we were there 3 hours maybe 4. I don’t usually like shuttles but this one was nice not too many people and no annoying driver. Very nice and it was free glad I took it. From the parking lot to the entrance of the house. The hardest wait was trying to make a left hand turn at the light before you actually get on to the property. It was because from every direction at that intersection everyone was going the same way. So I don’t remember the street name but avoid the left hand turn if you want to avoid lots of opportunities to yell. Many many drivers turn into immature children and race up next to you and cut in( like 8 year old children wanting to get to the head of the lunch line). Very good food in the stables. Beautiful gardens. Interesting to see the house. I like the souvenir shop because they let you taste the cider and the wine. A little extra fun.
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Rhondella1
"Lovely visit"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 19, 2018 NEW
Spent all day at the Biltmore, Gardens were beautiful, had lunch at the BBQ outlet and sat under the trees. We did a carriage ride at the end of the day which was a highlight of the trip. Highly recommend spending the entire day.
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nancynj
Rartian, NJ
"A lot to see"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 19, 2018 NEW
At first I thought the admission price was kind of high to just tour a house, but there is a lot to see. We did the self-guided tour and rented one audio unit which we shared (that is an additional $12). Unlike many other mansions that are open to the public, you really get to see the whole house including the kitchens and servant areas. It's a remarkable place with lots of artwork and interesting décor. The grounds are just as enjoyable with formal gardens and vast landscaped vistas. It's very opulent and reminded me of the Hearst Castle. We also checked out the winery and the farm museum area. We did not care for any of the wines, but the tasting is included. Not much to see at the farm museum, but there is a nice shop. We didn't eat on the grounds but there are a few options for dining. All in all we thought it was well worth the cost of admission.
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jcoletravel
Memphis, Tennessee
"Everyone enjoyed "
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 18, 2018 NEW
We had a wonderful time. We toured everything. We had dinner in the sit down restaurant. I was delightful. We had ice cream at the village and it was good. We also did some great shopping. I took off one star because it was so crowded that we couldn't easily maneuver through the estate. Btw: our teenager loved it as much as we did.
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jeromeoconnor
Chicago
"ONE OF A KIND EXPERIENCE"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 18, 2018 NEW
Worth every cent of the not inexpensive admission cost. Go early to avoid crowds waiting for tickets or in the house. Nearly everything furnished with original decor. Exceptional experience.
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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 are done by reservation. Times for the Candlelight tour vary and require advance reservations. After you have purchased your tickets, Biltmore will contact you to schedule your reservation time, or you may call the number printed on the e-ticket. Guests will not be admitted without a reservation and Candlelight Ticket. Guests are required to exchange voucher and pick-up tickets at Group Sales office.

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.