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.

May 17 - October 7, 2018
Included with daytime admission, Chihuly at Biltmore represents the first art exhibition in Biltmore’s historic gardens. The works of world-renowned American glass artist, Dale Chihuly, are included in more than 200 museum collections worldwide, and now, for a limited time only, they can be seen at Biltmore. We invite you to immerse yourself in this unique visual experience, an absolute must-see presentation of unparalleled artistic expression.

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 14-15, 21-22, 28-29; May 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-27; June 2, 9, 16-17, 23, 30; July 1-8, 13-15, 20-22, 27-29; Aug. 4, 11, 18, 25; Sept 1-2; 8, 15, 22, 29; Oct 4-7. 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

61 Reviews
Dani Curley
Louisville, KY
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"The Grand Estate"
June, 2018 NEW
the experience was wonderful, and the only negative of the day was the heat! The house was beautiful, elegant and quite interesting--the bonus was the lovely garden area. Double Bonus!! The Chihuly displays were breath taking! And a happy trip afterward for one of the delicious ice cream cones was the icing on the cake!
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Tip: Wear comfortable shoes; have patience in the lines!

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Usha J.
CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Don’t miss this gem!"
June, 2018 NEW
A gem from the past...there was so much to see and absorb of life from the past. Starting from the drive to the house, the park and ride worked perfectly, and although the lines seemed long we moved along and were in the house very soon. There were many options, tour with the radio or on your own , all the guides we spoke to were very knowledgeable and eager to offer more information. Yes there is an elevator , you just have to ask. The highlight for us was the Chiluly display as we are great fans of his work and as usual his work was spectacular and was an added bonus to an already beautiful house, garden and estate.
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Tip: Take the time to enjoy the entire estate, don’t rush.

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Susan Fuller
COLUMBIA, MO
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great experience @ Biltmore Estate!"
June, 2018 NEW
We purchased discounted tickets and everything went perfectly! Attive early and avoid the crowds :)
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Tip: Great way to save some $$ on discounted tickets!

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Ramon Pastore
Clover, SC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"A Fabulous Must See!"
June, 2018 NEW
What an experience! The estate, the grounds, the conservatory, the Chiluly glass displays, the winery, the scenery, the history! And nearby Biltmore Village has excellent restaraunts: The Corner Kitchen, The Cantina, Village Bayside Bar and Grill, Well-Bred Bakery and Cafe....Just do it!
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Randee M.
Winston Salem, NC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Wonderful place to visit"
June, 2018 NEW
The house was magnificent, grandeur and had given tourists a glimpse of the past, the gardens were amazingly beautiful, the glass sculptures highlights creativity which draws audience from all sorts.

Highly recommended to visit this place, a gem in Asheville.
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Tip: Wear rubber shoes, during summer drink lits of water

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Christal Pearson
Roanoke, VA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Pricey, but thoroughly enjoyable."
June, 2018 NEW
I purchased a ticket for $55 on ReserveDirect and saved $20 on a non-advance weekend ticket. I simply purchased the ticket online, called Biltmore reservations and selected a tour time, and then picked up the ticket at Will Call. The savings were worth the little bit of extra trouble, for sure.

I also recommend the audio tour for first-time visitors. There is a lot of good information that you wouldn’t get otherwise. There are no tour guides, but there are very knowledgeable and friendly staff at most stops who will answer questions if you ask.

The gift shops on the Biltmore house property are worth a look. Bookbinders has a great selection of Biltmore- and Vanderbilt family- themed books, and they also have some pretty neat cookbooks. On that note, be prepared for all of the extra “stuff” that is above and beyond the cost of admission. I spent an additional $120 or so purchasing souvenirs, dinner, and wine.

In my opinion, the wine tasting at the Biltmore Winery is what makes this trip worth the price. We tasted everything we desired at leisure. The pours were generous, but not excessive. The wines were sophisticated — there was a wide selection of dry and semi-dry wines, which was our preference, but they did offer some sweeter choices, as well. The Wine Bar, which is directly next door to the tasting room, does offer a couple of different wines, and they do small flights, if that is more to your liking.

We enjoyed dinner and cocktails at Bistro, and it was delicious; but, honestly, all of the restaurants looked pretty delicious.

Overall, a great little trip. Plan to spend the whole day and a lot of money.
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Tip: If you’re going to do it, do it right: buy the wine, get your child the stuffed Cedric puppy, have a nice dinner.

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Gerald Durkee
Kissimmee, FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"A wonderful Experience"
June, 2018 NEW
Truly an excellent way to spend a day while in the Asheville area. The visit exceeded my expectations,the food offerings were very satisfying, and the enormity of it all is overwhelming.
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Tip: Arrive early and plan to spend the entire day if you want to enjoy all that is offered.

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Michelle Garrah
Corinth, NY
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Amazing!"
June, 2018 NEW
Worth the money so don't be afraid of the ticket price.
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Tip: The forest and grounds are a history lesson in themselves.

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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wdrabbit
Fruitland Park, Florida
"Bucket List Item Checked Off"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 22, 2018 NEW
We visited this iconic estate while we were in Asheville and thourouly enjoyed the self guided tour. 8000 acres of estate and several out buildings kept us busy all day. We really enjoyed the Antler Hill Winery with free tastings. They sold us on a few bottles to take home for later enjoyment.
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Marsha W
Asheville, North Carolina
"Annual pass holder never tires of visitng"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 22, 2018 NEW
I am an annual pass holder and take all my guests to visit. Tickets will seem expensive but you get a full day of exploring for the price. Buy tickets ahead of time to save a few dollars and some days there are Sr. discounts. Stop at the ticket building on the way in and watch the quick movie to get you started (and there are bathrooms). Park in Lot A if possible and walk the short distance in (beats taking the shuttle). There are no rest rooms in the house so stop for a bio break before entering. The house tour (self-guided) typically takes 1.5-3 hours depending on the crowd and if you are using the audio tour. Make sure to visit the gardens (Chihuly is there through Oct 2018 for an added bonus). The green house has gorgeous flowers as do the perfect gardens. If you are up for a longer walk, head to the boat house. Wine tasting is fun in Antler Hill Village and all of the food is delicious (but a bit $$$ in the sit-down restaurants). There are 2 hotels on the site, several restaurants, farm animals for the kids, shopping, bike rentals (and other tours). I spent 12 hours with my sister visiting - we did just about everything including lunch and dinner. Note, the house and gardens are HOT during the summer (no AC in house) so dress accordingly. I would not recommend taking small kids in the house. Just not fun for them. I like to go in the morning to tour the house, eat lunch in the courtyard, walk the gardens, head to Antler Hill Village for wine tasting, shopping, and maybe dinner. In the Antler Hill Village there is often music at Cedric's and on the Green during summer evenings and a small exhibit that always has interesting displays,
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Stacy_S13
Newton Falls
"A Great Day"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 22, 2018 NEW
We spent the entire day at The Biltmore Estate. During our visit we toured the house, took the upstairs, downstairs tour and the rooftop tour. We also walked through the gardens and down the path to the lake and waterfall. The tour we wonderful and gave you a better understanding of the house and the layout. The gardens are beautiful especially with the Chihuly exhibits added into the gardens. The do search your bags when going into the house for security and although it said no food or drinks, I was able to take a bottle of water which was stuck in my purse. While the tours were great, the food was a bit pricey for what you get and the lines were long. We really enjoyed our visit and we were glad we planned the entire day for visiting the estate.
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Le K
New York
"Stuck in 1980’s."
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed June 22, 2018 NEW
Don’t buy the tickets online. You do have to PRINT tickets on paper and there’s no ability to scan barcode on your phone. You are stuck in line anyway. Quite behind in technology.
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luvin2travel2
California Desert, California
"LOVE IT"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 22, 2018 NEW
so much to see, the grounds, the house, the gardens, the winery,, the shops, you need more than a day to see it all!
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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 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. 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 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.

What does my Chihuly Nights ticket include?
Your Chihuly Nights ticket includes an evening visit of the First Floor of Biltmore House and surrounding gardens (call the number on your e-Ticket to reserve a time), plus daytime access to Biltmore Gardens, Antler Hill Village, & Winery on the same day or next day as your evening visit. Only the First Floor of Biltmore House is included in your Chihuly Nights ticket.

Do I need a reservation for Chihuly Nights?
Yes. All entries to Biltmore Chihuly Nights are done by reservation. Times for the House visit 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 Chihuly Nights Ticket.

Can I get a refund on my Chihuly Nights ticket?
No. Tickets are nonrefundable.

Can I visit the Biltmore House during the day with my Chihuly Nights tickets?
You may upgrade your Chihuly Nights ticket to include a daytime visit to Biltmore House for just $25 by calling the Biltmore number on your e-Ticket.

Are children allowed at Chihuly Nights?
Yes. A child ticket is required to reserve house entry for children 9 and under.