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.

PRINTED VOUCHER REQUIRED FOR ENTRANCE

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: 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

96 Reviews
Joy Law
Carmel, IN
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"You must see the Chuihuly glass exhibit!"
August, 2018 NEW
We visited the Biltmore for the night Christmas tour two years ago and loved it. We took our son and his wife to see the Biltmore and the Chihuly Glass Art. They were amazed at the splendor of the Estate, especially when you see it the very first time. We loved the Chihuly glass art in the gardens and conservatory. The glass balls in the ponds were just beautiful, but the glass sculptures everywhere was just awesome! We ate at the restaurant in the stables and had wonderful food and service. We also stopped by the Antler Hill Village and enjoyed the winery and also the best ice cream. We enjoy the Biltmore and Asheville area so much.
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Tip: Buy your tickets Reserve Gatlinburg and wear comfortable shoes.

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Jennifer Wolfe
Batavia , IL
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"A surprise around every corner!"
August, 2018 NEW
My daughters and I had an amazing time visiting the Biltmore. I was surprised it was so kid friendly. Everything from the audio tour to the food options included something for them. It was an added bonus that there was a concert the night we were there and we got to hear CCR do their sound check even though tickets to the show were sold out. I can’t wait to visit again.
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Tip: Go while the Chihuly’s are still on display.

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Yoko Chibana
Marietta, GA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Very beautiful!"
August, 2018 NEW
It’s was so pretty!
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Tip: It will close @6 pm

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Peggy McNeff
Enfield, CT
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Don’t miss the Biltmore experience!"
August, 2018 NEW
A trip to western North Carolina would not be complete with visiting the Biltmore Estate. The beauty and splendor of this home takes your breath away! To make it more amazing, the Chihuly Art festival was happening while we were there. Stunning hand-blown art pieces installed amongst the beautiful gardens and landscapes that make Biltmore grand. Take a self-guided tour, with or without a hand-held audio recording, detailing Biltmore’s splendid home. You will not be disappointed!
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Tip: Wear comfortable shoes as the house is large, and there are many staircases to walk up and down.

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Jerri Bailey
Ormond Beach, Fl, FL
1 Review
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"A can't miss experience"
August, 2018 NEW
If you've never been to the Biltmore Estates, please add it to your bucket list. My friend and I took the self guided tour and were fascinated by the history and the way it was preserved with original furnishings. But, I must say the gardens were my favorite thing. They were absolutely beautiful and well kept and we were lucky enough to be there when the Chihuly display was there. I know we did not see everything because it is so large. Overall, if I ever get back to North Carolina, I will definatley do the tour again; I understand Christmas is outstanding to visit.
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Tip: Wear comfortable shoes, ther is a lot of walking and stairs

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Shannon Baxter
Zebulon, NC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Breathtakingly Beautiful"
August, 2018 NEW
We visited both to see Biltmore as well as the Chihuly exhibit. Both we just amazing. We enjoyed our tour as well as walking the estate and gardens to experience Chihuly. We bought tickets online and printed them out. We were supposed to meet up with friends, but they had their tickets at Will Call and they were stuck in line for over a half an hour. We were able to enjoy more of our day by printing them out. The only confusion was that one we were through the gates, I didn't know to bring my tickets with us. The folks at customer service were wonderful and had us straightened out in minutes. It was truly a magical visit. One that we now plan to do with every change of season.
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Tip: Bring your tickets with you from the parking lot. They need them for your tour of the house.

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Jerry Freischlag
Nikomis, FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"New Residents' Visit"
July, 2018 NEW
A not-too-warm but rain-free day to visit. Best to recall is Reserve Gatlinburg agent assisting to correct my error making duplicate reservations. She did it amicably and without complications.
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Tip: Take water and wear good walking shoes.

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Reserve Gatlinburg Customer
Dublin, OH
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great customer service"
July, 2018 NEW
We were purchasing tickets online for the Biltmore Estate. Our friends were having difficulty and called on the phone for help. The woman on the phone was terrific. After helping our friends, she stayed on the line and took my purchase well, forwarding the needed info for printing to our friends' address to make it easier for me. The tickets were a good price and the service was great. The Biltmore is beautiful and worth the trip.
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Momdemac
Leesburg, Virginia
"Loved visiting the Biltmore!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 15, 2018 NEW
I hadn't been to the Biltmore since the 1970's . My mother and I went and saw the Chihuly exhibit. We went for the day. We didn't get the audio tour but just walked through the rooms. Best to get there early. We were there around 10am. We probably should have gotten there earlier. I made a reservation for the Stable Cafe. I would do that weeks in advance if you want the time you want. But it is close and we thought we would eat lunch at 11am and go back but the line was long by the time we returned. The gardens are beautiful. My mother is in her 70's so we did well going downhill and going through the gardens but uphill was rough so I hailed the Biltmore bus. That was perfect. It drove us around the grounds and back to the parking lot. From there, we went to the village to do the wine tasting. All in all it was a great day. I suggest buying your tickets in advance online.
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Terry B
Earlysville, Virginia
"Return Visit"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed August 15, 2018 NEW
We toured the Biltmore over 10 years ago and decided to make a return visit. During our last visit the gardens were not in bloom. The property is very well maintained and is a delight to tour. The gardens are beautiful and meticulously maintained as well. My only issues are that the audio phones should have headphones so you are not subject to hearing everyones audiophone. Also, visitors seem to just stop anywhere to listen to their audio phone with no regard with those behind them blocking them from passing by. Leaving the grounds in your car proved to be a marketing scheme. The drive out required you to pass by all of their additional ammenities: Antler Hill Village & Winery, The Inn & Restaurant and the Village Hotel. Allow a minimum of 4 hours to tour the house and gardens and 30 minutes to exit the grounds by car. You could easily spend the entire day here. The do have a number of walking trails.
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SIDNEY CORBETT J
"Lovely Estate of the George Vanerbelt family in the heart of beautiful mountains"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 14, 2018 NEW
This was my 4th visit to the Biltmore Estate and I always love going there. This is the largest private home in the United States that was built in the late 1800's. For its time there were many upgrades to this house that were not the norm back in those days, like modern plumbing with sinks, toilets, showers and more. Electricity throughout the house and even 5 different refrigerators. It even has a working elevator. And there is plenty more to see outdoors, like the old horse stables that have been converted into shops and restaurants. The driveway to the house is pretty long with several turns and it keeps you wondering where this house is until you reach the gate and there it is. The garden is also enchanting with so many beautiful flowers, roses and shrubs. This place is a must see and I would recommend going during the holidays to see it decorated for Christmas.
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carynbussey
Greensboro, North Carolina
"Summer Concert Series - CCR Show"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed August 14, 2018 NEW
We purchased reserved seats for the first concert of the summer concert series - CCR and Night Ranger. Lots of rain so we opted to listen to Night Ranger under the big tent and enjoy an adult beverage. As CCR was taking the stage we were escorted to our "reserved seats" only to find that there were other people sitting there. We were then told by the ushers that the venue overbooked the event. The miserable conditions and the confusion on who really owned the seats lead to a very unpleasant evening, spending over $300 and a 3 hour drive to attend. An email to express my concerns to the Billtmore has gone unanswered. Buyers beware!
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Nigel C
Penzance, United Kingdom
"Fantastic place but hard work in a wheelchair."
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 14, 2018 NEW
The estate offers great admission prices to those in or assisting someone in a wheelchair. Staff are helpful, if not a little too helpful as the driver of the mobility bus forgot we were waiting to get off. Very helpfull house staff too, considering the numbers of visitors shuffling through. Generally a good venue to visit, for American standards, if a wheelchair user. I wish they would make the toilets easier to get into!
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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 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.

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.