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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from Biltmore Estate
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.

Biltmore’s newest exhibition, A Vanderbilt House Party - The Gilded Age: Now - May 27
After more than two years of collaboration with Oscar-winning designer John Bright, Biltmore has opened its latest exhibition, A Vanderbilt House Party – The Gilded Age. A Vanderbilt House Party features elegant clothing vignettes throughout Biltmore House, providing guests with an insider’s perspective of party preparations as though today’s guests are present for a 1905 house party. The exhibition runs through May 27, 2019. A custom exhibition audio guided tour created for this exhibition is available on site for an additional fee.

Biltmore Blooms: April 1 - May 23
Biltmore’s annual Spring celebration has been delighting guests for more than three decades. This year’s event kicks off April 1 and continues through May 23, 2019, combining acres of historic gardens, a new exhibition in Biltmore House, a spring wine release, and much more.

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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.

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: Mar 1-17, 23-24, 30-31, Apr 6-7, 13-21, 27-28, May 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26; June 1, 8, 15-16, 22, 29-30; July 1-31; Aug. 1-31; Sept. 1-2. 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 Pigeon Forge Customer Reviews

288 Reviews
BRENDA BROWN
Johns Creek, GA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Historical"
April, 2019 NEW
we took a day off work to go over the Biltmore as it was a bucket list item for way too long. The day was beautiful, the tours moved smoothly even with several groups of schoolchildren. The gardens were not quite in full bloom but the majority of it was. It was stunning. Well worth the trip. Using reserve direct saved us standing in lines.
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Tip: Where supportive walking shoes. Be forget about looking fashionable, go for comfort.

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Marsha Tyler
Lawrenceville , GA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Travel"
April, 2019 NEW
Great experience
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Robin Young
King, NC
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Biltmore"
April, 2019 NEW
Had a great time here, I recommend this place as a wonderful travel experience!
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jan sundquist
Munising , MI
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"1st Visit to Biltmore"
March, 2019 NEW
We had a great day touring the Biltmore Estate. The spring flowers were fantastic. Seeing the recreation of the clothing was a treat. We did the self guided tour. Spent about 2 hours in the house and another 2 hours walked no around the ground including the conservatory and gardens. After that we headed to the winery and had nice tasting experience.
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Tip: Save time for the gardens.

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Jennifer McGhee
Ellijay, GA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Biltmore Fun"
March, 2019 NEW
This was my first time visiting this magnificent mansion!! I enjoyed the beauty of it!! Everyone was so nice!! I will be going back for sure!!
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Tip: Print your tickets in advance, also pay extra for the audio tour!!

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cynthia adamson
Asheboro, NC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Not lovin the costume tour"
March, 2019 NEW
I have been to Biltmore before and would have given it five stars. The costume tour was boring and did not give enough information about the house. Made them seem very judgmental and I did not like it.
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Karen Perras
Howell, MI
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"2nd time we've been there!"
March, 2019 NEW
Would have enjoyed spring flowers but we were a couple weeks to early. Loved the recreation of the clothing. Will go again given the chance.
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Tip: Make sure your up for the walk.

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Tammy Kimmer
Morganton , NC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Biltmore Estate Review"
March, 2019 NEW
This was one of the best experiences that I have had buying tickets. The visit to Biltmore Estates was excellent. We had several awesome experiences.
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Tip: Depending on the time of year that you plan to visit, the rates for entry varies greatly.

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K W
Radford, Virginia
"A fun day, but prepared to spend a lot of money"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed April 21, 2019 NEW
I visited the Biltmore with a friend. We did the audio tour, which I really enjoyed. I liked the story that was told and hearing about the various rooms. I do wish there was a little more history of the house included in the tour. We spent about two hours inside the house. One of the tour guides kindly answered questions my friend had. The employee seemed excited that my friend had questions and eagerly shared her knowledge. Another tour guide was very abrupt when my friend asked a question and spoke to us in a condescending manner. After touring the house, we visited a couple of shops and had lunch. We went to the bakery/coffee shop for lunch and I had a chickpea pita. It was tasty and I was happy there was a vegetarian option. The weather was very gloomy and rainy, but we still wanted to see the gardens, since they were included in the price of our ticket. We looked at the various plants and when we were in the conservatory, it started to pour! We decided it was time to visit the winery, since we were ready for an indoor option. We had been dropped off that morning by a friend who was going to meet us at the winery after our tour of the house. We didn't realize that you can't visit the winery without a ticket to tour the house, so our friend couldn't join us. This seems a little odd; I'm sure there are plenty of people who may not want to tour the house, but would want to visit the winery and/or other shops and spend money there. We also didn't know that you must have a car to drive from the estate to other buildings on the property (or a dry day and the willingness to walk a bit). There is a shuttle from the parking lots to the estate, but it doesn't take you beyond there. We ended up using Uber to get us to the winery. Once there, we enjoyed our wine sampling. I do feel for the ticket price, we should've been given our sampling glass. We went to the wine bar to enjoy a glass of wine and ordered a hummus appetizer. Each hummus in the trio was tasty and paired well with our wines. The wine bar was crowded and very noisy, but our server was friendly and attentive. There wasn't enough pita bread for the amount of hummus, which was very generous for the price, so we asked for additional bread. Additional bread was going to cost more money, so we declined. Our serve did offer tortilla chips at no charge, so we opted for that. Again, we paid a lot of money for our ticket and I really think a few extra pita triangles could been given at no charge. Overall, we enjoyed our day. I'm glad we went, but I don't feel the need to return anytime soon. The house is nice, the gardens pretty, and the wine tasty, but all come at a steep price that I'm not sure I'd fork over again.
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jenele5
Hudsonville, Michigan
"Worth every penny"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 21, 2019 NEW
This is worth every penny for admission. We spent about 5 hours doing the house party audio tour, walking gardens, pond and waterfall. Visited deer park for picnic lunch museum visit & wine tasting. Apparently the tour changes periodically and museum displays do too. Benches available to rest as needed. Only bad thing was they wouldn't let us in the main gate until 830 so we had to wait in a very small congested parking area that created a safety hazard due to traffic congestion.
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Hdsteve2013
Miami, Florida
"Lot to see"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed April 21, 2019 NEW
Had to go to the Biltmore when we were in the area since we’ve heard so much about it. Yes it’s a large beautiful house on nice grounds, but that’s really pretty much what you’re going to see, so if that interest you I would recommend it but nothing too spectacular beyond that.
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Cttraveler66
Wolcott, Connecticut
"Wonderful place to spend the day"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 21, 2019 NEW
Spent almost the entire day at the Biltmore Estate. We took the self-guided audio tour in the morning, It was very informative. You really got to see the entire mansion unlike other tours we've been on. You could go at your own pace - it took us a little less than 1-1/2 hrs. It was elegant without being over the top. Thoroughly enjoyed this tour!
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Afshad I
Lexington, Virginia
"Beautiful but expensive to visit"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed April 21, 2019 NEW
This place is spectacular, however it is a bit too expensive (75+) to visit especially if you are going there with multiple family members.
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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.