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

273 Reviews
Lisa Genovese
Geneva , NY
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Beautiful even in off season"
February, 2019 NEW
The Biltmore grounds were beautiful! Although not much was in bloom due to season it was still wonderful to walk around outside and to tour the home. We spent about 4 hours on the property including our trip to the winery and gaze at the barn.
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Tip: It's worth the money - you could spend a whole day here if you chose to

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Michael Miller
Woodstock, GA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Biltmore Estate better than ever."
February, 2019 NEW
It has been 14 years since out last visit to the Biltmore Estate which was during the Christmas Holiday season. Christmas is magical at Biltmore but this visit was very enjoyable. We purchased tickets through the ReserveDirect website and it was very easy. Printed out tickets and then called a few days later to get a reservation time to take the tour. The customer service was excellent, informed of times available and chose a time after lunch. We never had to wait in line for any other tickets. You do have to go through a scanning procedure like a airport to get into the home itself. We toured the grounds, the winery, Antler Village etc. We really enjoyed this experience.
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Tip: If you want to avoid the crowds and lines a tour time around 2 to 3 pm seems good.

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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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cultureiseverywhere
"Tried to see the grounds for the holidays"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed February 21, 2019 NEW
There is a wonderful gift shop for those of us who did not reserve a spot early enough. The prices were very reasonable too. The only time we could tour the property was 10:45 pm and it takes 2 hours but they close at 12:00am. We would've had poor vision at night and missed half the tour. Plan ahead!
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smoss999
Cartersville, Georgia
"Amazing Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 19, 2019 NEW
I've heard about the Biltmore for most of my life but had never been there. We were in the area for a conference and decided to check it out. Just seeing the sheer size of the house and amazing attention to architecture in every room of the house, makes it worth the ticket price alone. I definitely recommend the audio tour as you move through the house. There are other tours they offer as well, we just simply didn't have the time to do any of those, but we'll definitely be back. The shops by the house were neat to see, and they had wine tasting in one of the shops. We then went to Antler Village to do more wine tasting. We aren't big wine drinkers, but it was fun trying all the different wines. They also have a wine tour, but once again we just didn't have the time. I'd definitely recommend going at least once and start early and take advantage of all they have to offer. We'll be back to do just that.
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ChelseaP979
Vershire, Vermont
"Beautiful "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 19, 2019 NEW
This place was absolutely stunning can’t believe it was built in the late 1800s. Love the history, the Decour and absolutely loved the garden house where we spent most of our time. The normal touring package was great a little overcrowded I would definitely spend the extra money next time and do a more private tour well worth it. As you’ll get to see more areas. Place is not really for small children or anyone that has difficulty walking as it is a lot of walking involved around the estate and to the parking lot. Staff is very friendly and any of them love to talk to you.
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8kittycats
East Bend, North Carolina
"Christmas at biltmore "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 18, 2019 NEW
We sincerely enjoyed visiting the house at Christmas. We spoke to a really nice gentleman while at the house as we waited for a bus to return us to the hotel, and he was genuinely interested in knowing us and for us to know him. That’s what puts biltmore ahead of everyone else. There is a certain atmosphere they want all their guests to experience-hospitality along with grandeur and opulence all directed towards each visitor.
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Hooked_on_travel77
Mts of western NC
"Biltmore House Party very enjoyable. Get the audio for this."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 18, 2019 NEW
We have season passes and this was beyond fun even after countless visits to the house before. The audio tour is the key which makes you feel part of the action. With all the period dress from that old era, it makes for quite an enjoyable visit. You visit other parts of the house that you normally don't see. Best days as always are mid-week where crowds are minimal this time of year.
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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.