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Biltmore Estate

1 Lodge St, Asheville, North Carolina 28803 USA

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Closed Now
Opens Sun 9a
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
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“George Vanderbilt's luxurious chateau”

Completed in 1895, George Vanderbilt's 250-room French château is a real life wonder. Enjoy a self-guided visit of Biltmore House that unveils a fresh look at how people lived and worked in America’s largest home. Also, explore the acres of beautiful gardens and grounds, designed by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, during your visit.

George Vanderbilt created Biltmore as an escape from everyday life. Now, you are invited to explore that escape for yourself. A visit to the 8,000-acre estate in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina provides limitless fun.

Welcome and thank you for your interest in Biltmore.What began in 1895 as my great-grandfather's estate continues to be an amazing experience for today's visitors. At its core, Biltmore will always have the natural beauty of the mountains as well as the majestic house and gardens to inspire us and allow us to escape from the every day. Biltmore is still family-owned, and we are passionate about our mission of preservation through self-sufficiency—a philosophy embraced before the first stone was ever put in place.We remain self-sustaining through innovation, creative thinking, and listening to our guests who continue to tell us they want more ways to connect with Biltmore. Wine was our first foray into offering a taste of Biltmore. Now, you can experience life as a Vanderbilt guest at our Inn on Biltmore Estate. You can also inspire your own surroundings with a line of home furnishings, decorative accessories, home building products, and live plants.
And so, full circle, we're all about home—welcoming and celebrating family and friends—and extending the spirit of Biltmore beyond our 8,000 acres.It was true in 1895 and it remains true today.

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Reviewed by
Allie White

  • 37 Reviews
  • 54 Helpful
June 27, 2014

The Biltmore was used for Richie Rich's house and as a kid moving to Asheville, I was so excited to tour his place. A few years down the road, I worked for a wedding planner and saw a lot of gorgeous weddings take place both at the Estate house and the Inn. The wine tasting at their winery is fun and I highly recommend doing a candlelit tour during Christmas here, so beautiful! A must see when visiting Asheville.

12 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
tracysroots

  • 5 Reviews
  • 13 Helpful
July 23, 2014

We spent a wonderful few hours touring this magnificent estate. I consider this a must do when visiting Asheville. Be sure to get the audio tour when you purchase your tickets as it is a headphone set that describes each room as you walk through the house.

7 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Micryan10

  • 6 Reviews
  • 9 Helpful
January 6, 2014

Very expensive for a self guided tour. Can't even see the the outside of house or go to the vineyard to buy some wine unless you pay $59 a person to go through the gates. They do offer a $10 military discount.

5 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Luisa

  • 332 Reviews
  • 163 Helpful
July 14, 2014

The Biltmore Estate is such a surreal place to visit, the house and the grounds are absolutely beautiful and getting a tour is worth it to hear all about the history of this place. It's also massive so don't expect to tour the entire thing in a couple of hours, if you want to really dig in you should expect to spend the whole day here.

4 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
cjfoofoo

  • 1 Review
  • 3 Helpful
April 29, 2014

Beautiful! Especially in spring when flowers are in bloom. A full day. (Easy) hiking trails. Much to photograph. Not an inexpensive day, but if it's a busy day, splurge for the 'premium tasting' if you do the winery. The lines for complimentary on a busy day get quite long.

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Chini Tiongco

  • 209 Reviews
  • 76 Helpful
August 13, 2014

I feel like a princess when I was here and I took a lot of pictures here. There's so many amazing views. The building is magnificent and great landscaping.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
ErikaMiller6279

  • 2 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
January 30, 2014

The house and grounds are beautiful. This is definitely an all day event. I really enjoyed wine tasting at the on site winery.

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Sarah Taylor

  • Road Warrior
  • 8 Reviews
  • 7 Helpful
April 9, 2015

We spent Christmas day 2014 here and absolutely loved every minute. You will spend the entire day and will definitely want to go back; we want to visit again in the spring to see the gardens in full bloom.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
jennyfrederich

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
March 18, 2015

We visited the Estate when the "Downton Abbey" wardrobe was on display. It was fascinating to see the parallels between my favorite series and this real life estate. The clothes were an interesting touch adding to the already fascinating surroundings. There were audio tours available, but we just read the free booklet along the way and learned plenty about the estate and family. The staff were readily available to answer questions along the way. There was an adorable restraint in what used to be the stable. Good food, but pricey. The gift shop was adorable and had a wide variety of gifts and souvenirs. My only complaint was that it wasn't very kid, friendly for my 6 year old - but I expected that. I think kids would be much more engaged with an actual tour guide. If you plan on taking your children, even older kids, pay the extra money for the guided tour. Expect to spend most of the day here. Also, you can't photograph inside the building, even with your cell phone. The close-by Biltmore Park offers great shopping and dinner after you leave!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
juliehart08

  • 6 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
March 12, 2015

Was a little pricey but was worth it! The house left me speechless and my husband mind was blow with all the detail. GET THE AUDIO TOUR! There were no signs explaining anything and the people working there would talk a little about the house but we did the first few rooms with out the audio and turned around to get one after that. Over all a wonderful experience and don't forget to go and try their wines :)

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Austin Coop

  • Road Warrior
  • 493 Reviews
  • 392 Helpful
September 18, 2014

When you're in this area there are 2 must-sees/dos... Hang out in awesome downtown Ashville with all its funky shops and cafes and visit the Biltmore. Prepare to be blown away. Also plan on spending at least 2/3 of your day here. Fall, of course, is beautiful in this area, but also busy. Fun to experience year-round though.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
RhondaSamplesBelcher

  • 11 Reviews
  • 8 Helpful
September 8, 2014

The inside of the Biltmore estate very formal and a bit cold, but the outside grounds and gardens, spectacular!!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
shadesofgray

  • 2 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
August 27, 2014

An excellent day trip!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Kate

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
December 1, 2016

God, it's so beautiful there. It feels as if you've gone back in time! It is a little pricey, but understandably so (It's privately owned, so heaven knows how much the taxes are!) The inside of the house is gorgeous, but you simply can't leave without taking a look around outside. The gardens are obviously very well kept up, and I highly recommend the stable cafe.

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Tina

  • 5 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
July 30, 2016

We visited on a Sunday and had brunch at the DeerField. Live music and a beautiful atmosphere. Food was excellent and imaging this is how the Vanderbilt family ate their Sunday meals was pretty cool. The estate was something to see. We only had a few hours on our way to Hilton Head, but we enjoyed the time we had. A bit pricy, but kids are free. I would recommend it to anyone.

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Reviewed by
Joanna LeMasters

  • 37 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
June 29, 2016

Loved visiting Biltmore! The views, the history, the architecture--awesome. And for Downton Abbey fans, you can't help but keep thinking of the show while you walk through the various quarters. You can easily spend 2-4 hours exploring the home, the gardens, and the property, so for me the cost was worth it! I would definitely go back.

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Adam Shickley

  • 67 Reviews
  • 32 Helpful
June 24, 2016

I was pretty skeptical at $59 for adults and free kids. We took the non audio tour. The free guide book and staff were more than adequate. Their are currently 41 rooms to view and it is a pretty impressive guilded age historical structure. The gardens were immense and the grounds could take all day to walk. Bring water and some snacks. Like all tourist spots the food is pretty pricey. Once you are done at the house the "driveway" winds you to their village shopping and vineyard. The wine tasting was free and very nice. The staff were very friendly and the wine was not over priced. The 8000 acre estate is beautifully maintained. We took the tour with a 6 and 9 year old. Schedule breaks and try to not go in the heat of the day. The house while breezy, is not air conditioned, it was warm but not uncomfortable. Take a few minutes to sit on the porch and imagine living there.

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Reviewed by
jhizzy825

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
May 27, 2016

Amazing must see, but prepare to spend the entire day there if your not staying at one of the hotels. Lots and lots to see and do. Pack a lunch and walking shoes.

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Reviewed by
marie.noll.94

  • 13 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
April 11, 2016

The house itself is beautiful but we had to follow a certain path through it. The grounds were also beautiful. You are able to try their wine at the house instead of the winery which is nice. We did both. It is worth the trip we really enjoyed it. The views were breathtaking.

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LizBrumerSmith

  • 6 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
March 26, 2016

You should 100% go to this no matter the season! The guided audio tour is worth the price as well.

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Reviewed by
cclt

  • 3 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
February 22, 2016

A must see attraction.

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Reviewed by
Joshua Smibert

  • Road Warrior
  • 119 Reviews
  • 163 Helpful
February 12, 2016

The sheer epicness of the property is worth the 5 star rating. The building and grounds are stunning. The Dining hall, entryway greenhouse and library are highlights, as is the underground pool. The price is a hefty $50 per adult and you can tell this is a well oiled money machine but if you find a discount coupon - the visit is a no brainer.

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Reviewed by
Morses

  • 6 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
December 2, 2015

We took a Christmas evening tour and it was fabulous! There were musicians serenading us and being able to tour the castle at night was special. We also a previous visit in the Spring.

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Reviewed by
bullylove11

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
September 23, 2015

The most breathtakingly beautiful place I have ever seen! The grounds and gardens are beyond anything I could have imagined. Well worth the money.

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Reviewed by
Frances73

  • 7 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
September 15, 2015

Breath taking.

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Reviewed by
AllieJoannaPersinger

  • 7 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
August 23, 2015

Staff was great and very professional. Enjoyed the audio tour and the Biltmore was stunning. I've traveled to Europe and seen my fair share of castles including Versailles, this is just as grand and gorgeous.

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Reviewed by
Starksc

  • 3 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
August 5, 2015

Very beautiful place, I would have hated to live there since the hallways are so small. Hope to go back again.

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Reviewed by
DanielleBehar

  • Road Warrior
  • 35 Reviews
  • 34 Helpful
July 30, 2015

Wow! What a house! It is SO beautiful and amazing! Hard to believe it was built in 1895. I am so glad that they opened it to the public, so we could enjoy it also! Just an FYI, valet parking is available and you don't have to ride a bus to your car...it is parked right at the front door! Well worth the money!
They also have a yearly pass that you can buy which gets you discounts at every store.

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Reviewed by
mathmartin

  • 6 Reviews
  • 8 Helpful
July 21, 2015

Expensive, but well worth it. We bought the self-guided tour and the rooftop tour. The place is amazing and the view is breathtaking. Schedule a full day to really appreciate this place.

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Reviewed by
LandonTennant

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
May 4, 2015

We went during Christmas time and it was glorious. The decorations were stunning and the history in the halls was truly great. The library was my particular favorite room. It snowed shortly before we arrived and the snow with the house lit up for Christmas was magical. If you come to Asheville you must come see this house.

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Reviewed by
jtsgyf18

  • 3 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
April 26, 2015

We loved viewing the grounds and the house. While the tour was a bit pricey, I would do it again in the off season to be able to see everything in more detail. The crowds were bearable and the weather beautiful. My wife and I split the audio speaker some, but we quit using it halfway through since it was more of a distraction.

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Reviewed by
jankellis

  • 9 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
April 5, 2015

What a fabulous peek into the 1920s lifestyle of the Vanderbilt family. The tour shows many highlights of Biltmore, but sadly, you have to purchase additional behind-the-scenes tours if you want to see more. We didn't do this, but if I return, I'll do the additional tours next time. The grounds are fabulous, definitely worth hiking through, and Antler Hill Village is worth a short trek around.

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Reviewed by
David Stacy

  • 133 Reviews
  • 80 Helpful
September 30, 2014

I have to see this sometime. It looks fantastic.

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Biltmore Estate

1 Lodge St
Asheville, North Carolina
28803 USA

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Wifi
  • Private Parking
  • Free Parking
  • Room Service
    • Limited
  • Check-In
    • 3pm
  • Check-Out
    • 11am

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