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Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC

1 Approach RdAsheville, NC 28803
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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!

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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.
  • 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.


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.

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: Oct 1-2, 7-10, 14-16, 21-23, 28-30; Nov 4-6, 11-13, 18-27; Dec 2-4, 9-11, 16-31; and Jan 1, 7 & 8, 2017. 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
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
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
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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Hana, Hawaii
"A National Treasure That Can't Be Missed!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 25, 2016 NEW
What a treat! This place is unbelievable! Believed to be the largest residential home ever built. 4-acres of floor area under roof. This is an amazing feat for anyone to accomplish...especially in 1889 by a 23 year old batchelor! If you have seen and toured the mansions on Ocean Avenue in Newport, RI, this is very similar in awe, but dwarfs those in Newport. Those in Newport are miniatures compared to this 250-room monster of a castle! Originally on 125,000 acres, but after Mr. Vanderbilt's widow sold off the majority to the United States Forest Service nearly 100 years ago,...some 86,000 acres for $5 per acre along with some other sales, it still sits on 8,000 acres. It's 4 miles from the front gate to the front door, and took a horse-drawn carriage back in the day, an hour and a half to get there! Now THAT'S a driveway! Give this place at least 6 hours to explore..maybe two days depending on what you want to do. So many things to do...biking and hiking on over 100 miles of pathways, horseback riding, bicycle rentals and bike trails, fly-fishing, shopping, eating, wine tours and tastings, two hotels, segway tours...and different tours of the house...self guided, audio, guided, all with add-ons, too. And what a view from the house of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Amazing and crazy-beautiful...the castle, the grounds, the view. Unlike the mansions on Ocean Avenue in Newport, this place is inland...not on the coast...so one can only imagine the hardships and costs of getting the building materials and imports from Europe...marble, Euro-details, furnishings, etc. to the building site in Asheville! Keep in mind, too...no electric tools...all hand-built by masons, carpenters, artists...breaking stone, carving elaborate doors and trims, fireplaces, digging 30 feet down into the landscape for foundation footings, tiled roofing...all completed in 6 years. No records exists on building costs...but if Marble House in Newport cost $11 million in the 1880's...some 7 or 8 years before Biltmore, then one can only presume that this monstrosity would have easily been $40-50 million...again in 1889 money. Of course that's only my assumption. After all, George Vanderbilt inherited much more than that...but he never made the cost figures public. Go see this place...a national treasure...
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"Well worth the trip"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 25, 2016 NEW
It was fascinating to see the Biltmore. The grounds are beautiful with the leaves changing. The tours are great. The display in the basement with the old photos of construction are fascinating. Don't miss the roof top tour. You need to make reservations in advance and get there at least 30 min early to pick up the tickets. The valet parking for $20 is well worth it as you get to drive right up to the front of the estate and you don't have to wait through the lines to get back to the parking lots on the shuttle bus.
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Hanford, California
"A most ungracious tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed October 25, 2016 NEW
We were very disappointed in the tour. We paid $65 to wait in line for tickets, then for entry, then were directed to a tight walkway between ropes with a huge mass of people. We had to stand still several minutes at a time, while other tourist stopped in place to listen to their "audio device" which gave all the interesting information I had hoped to learn. We were trapped. The audio devices cost an additional $19, bringing the price to $83. For that price, only the general rooms are included. You have to pay even more to get to the back rooms. Same with wine tasting. Touted as free, but plan on a fifty minute wait...unless you shall out another $20. We went on a weekday in October. My suggestion: Pull up a tour on YouTube, if you want to see this mansion of this greedy company.
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"Mom's Bucket List "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 25, 2016 NEW
Had to visit with my elderly mother. SO glad I did. I am interested in architecture and the Biltmore Estate was so amazing! Learned so much and loved all the extra touches in fabric choices, decorations, furniture, and landscaping! Will I plan another visit to Asheville, NC? Yes, I will! Did not see everything and I do want to walk the trails among the forests. The admission price was steep but well worth seeing the Christmas decorations already there! I need to sample more wines, too! The new way of using the shuttles to get around the estate was very helpful! I never felt like I waited for a shuttle. The shops had wonderful items from inexpensive to very expensive. The sweet shop was delicious and enjoyed the open air courtyard to eat our goodies.
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Buckhannon, West Virginia
"Beautiful home"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 25, 2016 NEW
This was my 2nd visit and is always a great experience. It is a huge home that is just full of interesting antiques and art! Shows an interesting part of history. The winery tour is good and the grounds are beautiful! Give yourself plenty of time to enjoy the entire estate!

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.