Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC

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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!

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 reservations are required for house entry: Jan. 1, 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-27, Feb. 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, March 1-17, 23-24, 30-31, April 6-7, 13-21, 27-28, May 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26, June 1, 8, 15-16, 22, 29-30. 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

271 Reviews
Lynn Miller
Warner Robins, GA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"The Mansion"
January, 2019 NEW
If only those walls of the Biltmore could talk - the stories that they could tell us! My experience of exploring far exceeded my expectations and I was so intrigued and impressed that I bought a season pass. I cannot wait to go again in the spring to see the flowers and then again in December! The conservatory was a gardeners dream. The flowers are beautiful. Winery was great too. My trip ended too quickly!
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Tip: Wear comfy shoes, and your camera. Be sure to eat in the stable - food was delicious!!!

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Carrie McGraw
Louisville, KY
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Don't miss!"
January, 2019
Christmas at Biltmore is exceptional. I booked nearly 2 mos. in advance and could not get the times we wanted directly through Biltmore, but then found them on Reserve Gatlinburg. We booked an early evening tour which gave us plenty of time to wait to get actual tickets. Not a big deal.Entering after 4PM we got the whole next day on the grounds and there's plenty to do. Weather was miserable but it did not matter. Highly recommend Cedric's Tavern.
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Tip: Recommend the children's audio tour.

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Anthony Ruppert
Bluffton, SC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Wonderful Experience"
January, 2019
We did the Candlelight tour on 1/5/19. The tour was self guided, but the pathway through the home was very well defined. After our tour I had concluded we had dinner at the Stable restaurant. A bit pricey but a real treat. If you buy your reservation through Reserve Gatlinburg, you will have to exchange your reservation sheet for actual tickets. It took 45 minutes of waiting in line to convert the reservation into Biltmore tickets. Better to get on the Biltmore website and purchase real usable tickets that will enable you to enter the Estate without the hassle of having to convert your reservation first. I won’t use reserve Gatlinburg in the future.
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Paul Ely
Clarkrange, TN
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"The Biltmore In Her Christmas Splendor"
January, 2019
Visiting at Christmastime was spectacular.The finesse with each little detail was a challenge to any decorator-at-heart.Every room was different and just when you think one room was the most beautiful, seems the next room was even better. Next time we go we will do the night tour, as I know the lights and candles will glow even brighter.
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Tip: wear comfortable shoes and invest in one of the hearing/talking devices

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Brenda Cook
Verona, KY
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"One bucket list item checked off"
January, 2019
The Biltmore Estate is outstanding in itself but at Christmas it becomes magical. My only complaint is is the signage upon leaving which is very confusing. Many signs indicated out, to which we and others followed, only to find ourselves at Antler Village. There are some lots you can park in and a shuttle will guide you, eliminating this frustration. I would also recommend coming back the next morning to get the full experience of the extent of this place. The vineyard also produces some wonderful inexpensive wines.
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Tip: Do some research to educate yourself of family and time of the Vanderbilts. Also study the grounds if you are driving.

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Linda Smith
Pawleys Island, SC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Christmastime at the beautiful Biltmore Estate"
January, 2019
There is nothing more beautiful than visiting the Biltmore at Christmastime!! The Christmas lights glow and the ambiance is magnificent. Just walking through the house brings you back to an earlier time when the Vanderbilts lived there. There is something so special in the evening virus the daytime. I just love it!!! This was my fourth time visiting the Biltmore and the second time visiting at Christmas. I look forward to my next visit.
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Tip: The evening tours are spectacular and the daytime tours visiting the grounds in the spring are worth seeing.

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Richard Beach
Fort Mill, SC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Christmas at the Biltmore"
January, 2019
Our trip to the Biltmore was memorable. The weather did not totally cooperate but our experience viewing the estate and decorations was great. Driving on the compound after dark in the rain is a challenge.
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Tip: Plan for a lot of walking and stairs.

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Theresa Fair
Deland, FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Christmas at the Biltmore WOW!"
January, 2019
Christmas time at the Biltmore is just stunning. The candlelight was so romantic.
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Tip: Go daytime and night time

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T9363VQmichaeld
Durham, North Carolina
"Amazing as always"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 17, 2019 NEW
Biltmore is just getting better each time I visit. I was very glad they have allowed guests to take photos!
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Snowybears
Locust Grove, Virginia
"Candlelight tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 17, 2019 NEW
A beautiful evening we had! I will let my pictures do most of my review. I will say that we went on the middle of the week and it was the day after Christmas and it was moderately crowded. We also stayed at the Village Inn with the Candlelight tour package. I have written a review on that as well. So with that said we were able to take the shuttle to the house and was dropped off right at the house. So nice! The home is beautiful with 55 decorated trees and live music being played throughout the house.
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Kristy D
"Valentines get away"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 17, 2019 NEW
First time I’ve ever been and the trip was amazing. Beautiful place. Would like to come back in spring to see the gardens full of flowers .
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67lynnelg
Charlotte, North Carolina
"More to do than just the home tour!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 16, 2019 NEW
We came up for Valentines weekend and had a blast! We did the Range River experience, horse back riding on the trails and explored the winery. Next time we want to do the clay shooting and maybe the fly fishing lessons. Who knew there would be so much to experience here? We loved it, I highly recommended.
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bmc-hartselle
Hartselle, Alabama
"A Bucket List Item for sure"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 16, 2019 NEW
My wife and I really enjoyed our tour. Be sure to purchase the handy audio tour. Also go to the museum near the winery to learn more about the family.
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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 evening house entries are done by reservation times. Choose your evening house entry time when selecting your Candlelight tickets. Guests are required to redeem their printed e-ticket(s) at Biltmore’s Ticket Center for admission.

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.