Menu

Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC

1 Approach RdAsheville, NC 28803  
View on Map

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!

Highlights

  • 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
Read All

Good To Know

  • 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
Read All

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.

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.

Fashionable Romance: Wedding Gowns in Film, February 12 - July 4:
During your visit, join us in celebration of Biltmore’s long history as a location for weddings and romantic getaways. The estate is hosting a new costume exhibition highlighting love stories from iconic films. Fashionable Romance: Wedding Gowns in Film, presented by Belk, showcases wedding dresses and attire from major motion pictures spanning centuries of design.

More than 40 award-winning costumes from 19 classic films will be displayed throughout the grand rooms of Biltmore House. Costumes illustrate changing styles in wedding fashions from the 1700s through the 1940s and the exquisite attention to detail that Cosprop Ltd., London, brings to its film costume projects. Accenting the costume displays will be elaborate floral arrangements complementing each film’s era, created by Biltmore’s Floral design team.

The exhibition will continue in Antler Hill Village & Winery with stories and heirlooms from 60 years of Vanderbilt family weddings, including a re-creation of Cornelia Vanderbilt Cecil's beautiful wedding gown and veil, and the family veil worn by both Jacqueline Kennedy and her cousin, Mary Lee Ryan Cecil, at their weddings.

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: February 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28, March 5-6, 12-13, 19-31; April 1-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, 30; May 1, 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-30; June 4, 11, 18, 25; July 2-4, 9, 16, 23, 30; August 6, 13, 20, 27; September 3-4. 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.
Read All
Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina
Back to Top
TripAdvisor Reviews
TripAdvisor user image
JayLorraine

Durham, North Carolina

"Must see/do while in Asheville"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 30, 2016 NEW

Took my first trip to Asheville since living in NC and while my parents were visiting. While this is a $50/pp visit for the day, it is very worthwhile. Historically, the 43 room mansion itself is a feat of architecture. The grounds are amazing, beautiful, accented by a wonderful conservatory and gardens. I would like to go back and do some of the trails, as well as during the Winter holidays. There was a cool feature showcasing wedding/ball gowns in film. The guides tour is $12 (audio), but we just walked from room to room and read the guide that was given. Each room is numbered so it is easy to navigate the mansion. Also, highly recommend buying tix in advance, and purchasing the Valet parking ($20) for hot days - it puts you right in front of the mansion. Also, we went on a Tuesday, and groups do visit so it could get pretty busy at times. This only became problematic when trying to use tuethe restroom - there is nothing in the mansion, so you have to go toward the Stable area (at the right when facing the mansion). We were bombarded by several groups of school children, I am just glad there are about 10 stalls. Your day pass also gives access to the winery, which I'll discuss in another review.

TripAdvisor user image
Shannonmc5

Nashville, North Carolina

"Awesome"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 30, 2016 NEW

I took my parents to see the place lit up for the Christmas season. It was amazing even my teenage kids got into the history of the Biltmore. I wish I would have done more research before I went. I would have know more about the items and rooms I was seeing. But if you get the chance to go please go!

TripAdvisor user image
matriciac00k

Pennington Gap, Virginia

"Very fun"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 30, 2016 NEW

We enjoyed our visit to the Biltmore Estates. We were able to see all the attractions, that included the winery, shoppes, gardens and Estate. You need at least 2 days to tour the whole grounds. You could easily use 3-4 days to do all the extra amenities. Example, behind the scene tours of the house, carriage rides, horseback riding. There is a lot of walking, so wear comfortable shoes when you go. The gift shops and restaurants were a little pricey, but, this is a tourist attraction. You can just expect it. Very gorgeous property, and a whole lot of wow! We will go back to do more behind the scenes.

TripAdvisor user image
Renee P

Saint Joseph, Missouri

"I love the Biltmore!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 30, 2016 NEW

If you've never been to the Biltmore, it is something in Ashville, NC that you shouldn't miss. The architecture of the home, the decor and furniture are beyond beautiful, and that's just the home itself, then there's the beauty of the grounds. It is hard to imagine what it would be like to have lived here. My suggestion would be that you make sure you at least one full day, and possibly purchase a 2-day ticket.

TripAdvisor user image
Melyssa E


"Impressive"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed June 30, 2016 NEW

The house is impressive.They offer a "treasure hunt" activity for young kiddos. Self-guided tour allows you to go mostly at your own pace. Slow moving lines on the first floor, but after that crowd seemed to lesson. Unfortunately we had a long wait for the shuttle bus to return to parking.

Back to Top
Star Map Pin Icon
Biltmore Estate is located at 1 Approach Rd | Asheville, NC 28803
Attraction Map Pin IconAttractions Hotel Map Pin IconHotels & Lodging
Back to Top

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.

Back to Top