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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!

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
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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
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Description

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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.

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.
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TripAdvisor Reviews
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JKel65

Florida City, Florida

"America's Amazong Castle"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 27, 2016 NEW

The house is crazy amazing. It is hard to phantom living this life style. The grounds are immaculately kept (April is the best month for the gardens). In the summer it can very hot, so arrive early and hunt for a parking spot in the shade. They now offer valet parking. For those with health issues this could be money well spent in the summer. On the flip side, it can be cold in the winter. The house does not have what I would call "working" heat and no A/C. When they offer a behind the scenes tour, it is very interesting. The old "horse barn" restaurant is good but very pricey, just like the admission price. We enjoyed our day.

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Kittyme2


"Amazing!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 27, 2016 NEW

This was my third time in The Biltmore. Each time has been a different experience. Christmastime the decorations are beautiful, springtime the tulips are all in bloom, and in the summertime the gardens are all fully in bloom. Make sure you take the audio tour. It's so informative and very worth the extra expense.

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Jan W

Kansas City, Missouri

"Beautiful place"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 27, 2016 NEW

Loved the Biltmore! Interesting history, lovely views of the green mountains, beautiful gardens and free wine tasting at the vineyard. The Wedding Dress exhibit in August was a nice bonus.

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TravelingDena

Quantico, Virginia

"Work Vacation with my parents."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 27, 2016 NEW

"Where are you going next?" "Asheville" "Great! We are pass holders at The Biltmore. Well join you for the weekend" Wait.. what? And that is how I ended up vacationing with my parents. It is actually nice. It could be worse. There are enough things to do and people who are young to make this not feel as if I am it The Villages bus tour.

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mswms5600

Shawsville, Virginia

"Day trip and tour "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 27, 2016 NEW

We took the audio guided tour of the Biltmore house. Our tour date was a Saturday which was very busy and we did have a reserved tour time. We also took advantage of the Valet parking which was worth the extra to not have to park at such a long distance from the house and rely on shuttles. We drove right up to the front of the estate and our car was parked for us. We took some extra time to look into several shops while waiting for our tour. They had wine tasting and samples of products in one store and many beautiful things for purchase. Our tour started at 11:30 and took approximately 1.5 hours. The home was beautiful and the audio tour was a great extra! They also have a separate audio version of the tour for children which my daughter really enjoyed. After touring the house we walked through the gardens which were breathtaking. The smell of all the flowers filled the air as you walked throughout the gardens. We enjoyed our day at Biltmore and the surrounding and definitely plan to come back during the holidays as we have heard it is amazing.

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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?
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.

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