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

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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.

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.

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: April 1, 8-9, 10-16; 22, 29; May 6, 13-14, 20, 27-28; June 3, 10, 17-18, 24. 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
"Magnificent!!!"
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
"Great!!"
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
UM
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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bagee0521
Summerville, South Carolina
"The Biltmore in Asheville NC"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed May 22, 2017 NEW
A great walk through history. A well maintained estate, house and gardens. The Vanderbilt's story -- a prominent American self-made millionaire..
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Henh V
"Great visit!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed May 22, 2017 NEW
We got tickets to the Biltmore estate as part of our hotel package from the Village Hotel. The estate is worth seeing. Yes it's crazy to see how some people lived (mainly, rich people) but if you enjoy history and architecture, this is a must for you! We were disappointed with the self-guided audio tour. We are used to headsets being used on audio tours but this was a handset. so it was annoyed putting the "phone" to your ear and then putting it back down. Overall great visit!!
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Blake B
"My 7th visit and it never fails to deliver! "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 22, 2017 NEW
Yeah, it's kinda pricey... But it's so beautiful! The shuttle driver is instantly your best friend and the in house employees are so knowledgeable and friendly. This visit was with my sister and her critters and they were so into everything I was astounded. Costumes from period movies are all over the place and it just feels like (if you're an Asheville person) home. Love you, and thank you!!
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tiyea
Tampa, Florida
"Lovely trip back in time."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 22, 2017 NEW
Biltmore offers a magnificent experience, allowing visitors to travel back in history with the most opulent surroundings available to the Victorian elite. Don't miss the surrounding gardens and brilliantly landscaped pathways.
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Ele B
New York City, New York
"Inspiring destination"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed May 22, 2017 NEW
Plan to send an entire day on the estate. The audio tour of the house is a "must" for learning the history of the estate and appreciating all of it's rich art and architecture. The food is delicious, with fast, courteous service. Everything at the estate is very clean and well-kept. Cost: I have traveled expensively, worldwide, and though a day at the Biltmore Estate is inspiring and full of art, history, architecture, landscaping and scenic views, it is, comparatively expensive with little cost-savings for locals. The audio tour should be complementary for all visitors.

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?
Biltmore Day Pass: 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.

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.

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.