Biltmore
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This historic country estate in Asheville spans 8,000 acres and is centered on America's largest private home, the Biltmore House. Besides touring the lavish Châteauesque-style mansion and admiring its architecture and beautifully landscaped gardens, you can also book a stay at the estate's hotel, inn or cottages. Start the morning with a massage at the estate’s spa, go shopping at Antler Hill Village, tackle a hiking trail, and wind down with a meal and a glass of red at the restaurant and winery. If you’re visiting during the holiday season, the Candlelight Christmas tour is one of Biltmore’s must-dos. – Tripadvisor
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  • piperwings
    Bradenton, Florida12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Expensive but worth it!!!
    Fabulous day for a visit. Bought tickets online....a little confusing without having a printer available, but we were sent to guest services and bam....in we went. The ride, the trees, the landscaping leading to the parking lot is amazing (lot C if you want to take the shuttle rather than walk 10 minutes and this return shuttle is right outside to the left of the house waiting to return you to the parking lot). How Mr. Vanderbilt pulled this off is incredible. The house is beautiful, everyone involved is beyond friendly. You are welcomed by every person you deal with. I recommend the minute you have your ticket scanned, that you do the bar code and book your wine tasting (tips are always welcomed). Looking ahead, we also thought you needed reservations for the restaurants.....at Cedric's Tavern, we were able to walk in and sit at the bar. Aaron the bartender at Cedric's was fabulous. He knew the wines, the beers and the menu and always wore a smile. Planning to go back tomorrow for our 2nd day of viewing the gardens and can't wait. (If you have kids, there is a petting zoo and stables) The Italian Renaissance Exhibition was fabulous and was another beautiful drive around the property. I don't think you'll be disappointed with your visit. Expensive but worth it.
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    Written 27 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 24 July 2023
  • Neida P
    2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An enjoyable day with one exception
    We were treated very well by everyone except at the wine tasting. The woman at the desk insisted in a rude manner that I didn’t have a reservation. I showed her the reminder message on my phone that clearly stated the date and time. She insisted that I did not have a reservation but told me to get in line for the testing. We experienced the exact opposite with our lunch reservation at The Stable. We were welcomed and treated like valued guests. It would be much nicer if the entrance line outside was moved inside so you don’t have to stand out in the heat. The audio tour worked great and the gardens are just a thing of beauty.
    Hi Neida, Thank you so much for sharing your experience. We take great pride in ensuring that all of our guests enjoy their visit to Biltmore. We take feedback from our guests very seriously and regret that this part of your visit did not meet expectations.
    Written 27 July 2023
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    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 July 2023
  • Amanda W
    Palos Heights, Illinois59 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loved it.
    Beautiful and massive! Well worth the drive if you are in Gatlinburg, TN. You can go on a wine tasting and get lunch/dinner. The food on property is good. Mansion: Really beautiful and opulent. Each ticket comes with a little phone that talks to you and explains everything you’re looking at. I loved that it was included in your fee. Beautiful gardens. ADA on floor 1 and 2. You can get a discounted ticket for a visitor needing an ADA ticket and they’re one companion. A nice movie is shown on the 2nd floor for folks who can’t get up to the 3rd floor or basement.
    Thank you for sharing your experience! We hope you visit again soon!
    Written 4 August 2023
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    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 July 2023
  • eclecticandrea
    Keller, Texas12 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive house tour but estate needs free transportation
    We visited the Biltmore Estate last week. We did not have a car, but Ubered there from our hotel. Because all tours were sold out until 2:45pm, we had driver drop us off at the Antler Village/winery. There were some shops, a cute little museum and the stable area with crafters and blacksmith demonstrations. We also did a free wine tasting. Kinda cool. But, after spending $84 each to enter the 8,000 acre property, we had to buy a $15 each Express shuttle pass to get to Biltmore house, 5 miles away. Really? It felt like a money grab- this poor family on the bus had 5 people- $75 to ride 5 miles. The driver said everybody complains and it literally was the only downside to the whole day. When the decision was made to add multiple venues that were so far apart, it feels like they should provide shuttles that loop around every 20 minutes. We had to cut our wine tasting short to catch the only shuttle that comes to Antler Village (:40 after the hour.) Just be aware if you’re visiting, you’re stranded without a car. The infrequent shuttles really messed up our day, We were also told to take shuttle out to main entry for Uber- but our return driver told us he drives all over the property to pick up fares. So, the Biltmore employees don’t know about alternate transportation either. Just seemed a little behind the times.
    Hello, thank you for sharing your experience. We are sorry to hear your experience with transportation on the estate did not exceed your expectations. We take feedback from our guests very seriously and we have passed your message to the appropriate teams for review and consideration.
    Written 10 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 August 2023
  • TN Traveler
    Tennessee50 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good family weekend getaway
    With our adult tickets $98 per adult, it was definitely worth it to miss the spring flowers, fall leaves, and Christmas decor to take our kids when children they were free this summer/ off season for the home. Our tweens enjoyed the gardens, conservatory, and home with the recorded phone tour available to all. The reviews and website say to allow so many hours but we ( along with many others I saw) found ourselves waiting for our ticket time with time to spare. 4 hrs before was time enough for us to explore home and gardens, 2 hrs in the home, and 2 hrs at the Antler Hill Village and Winery. We definitely would not have needed to go back the next day. I would suggest doing wine tasting at the Biltmore home where there is less of a wait. If you decide to buy wine, you can buy it when you are done with your tour or from the winery. The farm has friendly animals to pet so plan to stop there if you have children. They also plant sunflowers which is a great place to take really great family photos across from Antler Hill Village. The food at the stables was reasonably priced for being the only option available. There is a water bottle filling station by the restrooms, so I would suggest bringing a clear, small water bottle that you can refill and skip the drinks.
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    Written 10 August 2023
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    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 August 2023
  • James W
    Clearwater, Florida570 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Home of American Royalty
    Absolutely gorgeous both inside and out. Well beyond my expectations. A monument to the George Vanderbilt, and now richly preserved and managed by his descendants. My wife and I spent the day touring the house, the grounds and then the winery. The countryside is beautiful and the surrounding gardens were a joy to walk. We used the audio tour to view the house. The audio guide is easy to use and provides very interesting information about the people, activities and the builders of this home.
    Thank you for sharing your experience! We hope you visit again soon!
    Written 10 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 August 2023
  • Andrew S.
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Guided tour with James
    We had a private tour with James on 8/2/23 at 11am. He was well spoken, very knowledgeable and very enthusiastic about explaining the history of the Biltmore as well as giving you somewhat of an ongoing live performance to participate in if you choose. My girlfriend had never been during the day, or when it was warm and her daughter and boyfriend had never been. They were all very happy with the experience. James is a top notch, very professional guide. Thanks for the nice tour.
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    Written 10 August 2023
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    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 August 2023
  • Lisa W
    Cardiff, United Kingdom149 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wow!!!!!
    An absolutely awesome experience from start to finish and worth every single penny. The gardens were stunning and the walks around the estate really highlighted the beauty of nature. The flowers in the greenhouse were divine, especially the orchid collection. It was also fun to see bananas and grapes growing! Then came the house - WOW!!! Being a member of the National Trust in the UK I have been to, and appreciated many historical homes but this was another level. Every room was a WOW factor and the audio guide was superb - just enough info without being boring. The shops (and the milkshake) at the end of the day was just the icing on the cake. Make sure you have enough time to visit - it is at least a full day!!!
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    Written 10 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 August 2023
  • Sue M
    2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful tour and estate but very tacky exit. So disappointing after beautiful tour.
    This tour is wonderful and sovery interesting but my review is about leaving the Biltmore estate. We were here about 12 years ago and we left and drove across the road to spend a little time at Biltmore Village, shopping and eating. It probably took us 7-10 minutes to get out of the estate property and into the village. This time, we followed all the exit signs and drove past the house, around the gardens, past the winery, and it took maybe 30 minutes of drIving out in the country. If it hadn’t been for the Exit signs, I would have thought we were lost. It was ridiculous and only intended to get people past the winery to stop and spend money.
    Hello, thank you for sharing your experience. We are sorry to hear your experience with exiting the estate did not exceed your expectations. We take feedback from our guests very seriously and we have passed your message to the appropriate teams for review and consideration.
    Written 14 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 13 August 2023
  • John M
    Lititz, Pennsylvania192 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great house tour along with the back stairs tour and roof tour.
    Great house tour. In retrospect probably would have done the guided tour. We did the back stairs tour which was awesome. ( no photos during this tour) And also did the roof tour which I would recommend. Only outside photos permitted on this tour) The gardens were great. We also had tea at the Biltmore Inn and dinner the day enter. I recommend both.
    Hello, thank you for sharing your experience. We hope to see you back again soon!
    Written 14 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 13 August 2023
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Jis4Gypsy
Lawrenceville, GA31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Biltmore is a beautiful piece of architectural history that does not disappoint inside or out. If you love to see craftsmanship, artistry and landscape, this place is a feast for your eyes. We enjoyed the narration of the headset tour and felt it was worth the extra expense ($12 USD), as well as, the walking paths to the gardens. The coffee/bake shop that is right at the entrance of the house is a perfect place to enjoy a beverage and snack under a tent, but seriously in need of patio space heaters for chilly days. If you haven't seen it, or have only seen it in one season, I would highly recommend this as a day trip or entire weekend get away to another place in time.
Written 16 February 2020
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Thank you so much for sharing your experience. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit, and we look forward to welcoming you again soon!
Written 19 March 2020
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Modernizing
Baltimore, MD250 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
We visited Biltmore in August. We were staying on the estate, and a little disappointed that we had to purchase tickets to see the Downton Abbey portion of the exhibit. However, because we had to do that we were more inclined to also tour the house. We booked a small group tour of the back stairs. My friend and I were the only two people in the group and the tour was fascinating. We very much enjoyed being able to see parts of the house that are not on the regular tour. Our guide was quite knowledgeable and clearly very interested in her job. She had tons of information and shared some great stories. After we did the back stairs tour, we went and toured the front of the house. I was very glad that we bought the audio tickets because there is no signage in the house. Even with Covid, the groups were well paced and you could take your time going through the house. The house is beautiful if not incredibly ostentatious. The artwork alone is worth the trip. We also did the Downton Abbey exhibit. There was not time to do the gardens on the same day. I highly recommend that you plan your time accordingly because the estate is quite large and getting around can take time out of your day that you weren’t planning on. Luckily, because we were staying on the estate we were able to come back and do the gardens on another day.
Written 11 August 2020
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Dpat3
Colorado Springs, CO388 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
We wanted to go for the Christmas lights at 5:30pm-10:30pm but tickets were more expensive and sold out. We went at 3:30 and called to get a military price for $99 plus tax per person. It ended up being fine because the rooms were still decorated and lights were on the trees, we just missed the outside lights. In my opinion the price was way too high, especially after living abroad and seeing castles and such for less than $30 a person. It takes 30 minutes to drive through the property, find parking and get to the estate. 2 lots up close are a 10 minute walk, the other 2 are trolley only. (Wheelchair accessible) It was beautiful inside. You can walk through on your own which takes about 1 hours or you can get an audio guide which takes about 2 hours. There are NO restrooms inside so make sure to go before. For $120 plus per person I am sure they can figure out how to get a working restoom in the estate!! We were coming through as a pregnant lady and a potty training toddler, this was not ideal. The grounds are extensive and would take several hours. It was boring since it was winter and everything was dead. The conservatory had a bunch of flowers inside and was pretty but it was so humid and you had to wear a mask and people were crammed in there so it was hard to breathe. The website said that tickets were good for the next day to see the grounds but turns out that is only for the night time tours. We didn't even get to see the winery or Antler village because everything is so spread out. You really need an ENTIRE day to see everything. I would only recommend this if you have never seen an estate. Also, you are allowed to bring strollers but there were a lot of stairs and it would be a pain in some areas. I saw one tiny elevator.
Written 29 November 2020
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Lynn B
Eatonton, GA29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
We had a great Girls Trip to the Biltmore Estate during their Christmas season. Everyone should go at least once when the Biltmore is decorated for Christmas..it is something extra special. All safety measures were in place, social distancing, mandatory masks inside, etc. The estate was almost completely open and absolutely beautifully decorated for Christmas so we didn't feel like we missed out on anything. Eating was a challenge during COVID restrictions since reservations were almost all taken online when we started shopping and the check-in in person only gave us reservations at off times for meals. Buying tickets online and getting an entry time made that process smooth. The social distancing in the house did make it feel like you needed to move with the flow but you certainly weren't pushed to go faster than you wanted to explore. The Atrium greenhouse was superb, as was the night time wine tasting at the Winery. The reservation for the wine tasting was the only complaint. You could not reserve online and had to go to the Winery in Antler Village to make a reservation in person after 11 a.m. If you're like us and have a morning start time to tour the Estate, you probably aren't going to make it to Antler Village until the afternoon...and most of the times you'd prefer for the wine tasting will be gone. We took an intermission and came back for the wine tasting after dark and it was magical with the lights on! We did not have to pay a separate admission, only had to show our reservation for the Winery at the gate. It was a fantastic trip!
Written 5 February 2021
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Dudeinlosgatos
Chicago, IL129 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
This was worth every penny. I can't believe some of the complaints on here. A veritable architectural, design and grounds masterpiece. I enjoyed every minute and had I had more energy I would have spent even more time there beyond the 4 hours I did. Enjoyed a relaxing beer in the stable yard. Several walks in the gardens. You could easily spend the entire day here. But the showstopper is the house both inside and out. The audio tour is very well done. Kudos to the staff for COVID precautions. They were no-nonsense and did an excellent job of setting and keeping the standard. I had questions for several docents and they were all very passionate and knowledgeable. This was on par with the French Chateaux I have seen. That someone complains it's not decorated for Fall? Really? When there is a massive garden planted for fall? Were they expecting pumpkins and skeletons? It's a true masterpiece on its own. I got there as the gates opened at nine and drove through trees with morning sun beaming through. Magical. It gets busier as the day goes on so I highly recommend going early and enjoying it when it's getting started. BTW - only two rooms were closed due to COVID from what I was told. I spent approx 90 minutes on my tour and you go at your own pace which is fantastic if you want to look longer. Really well done. Plan ahead and get a reservation if you want to eat in a restaurant. I dropped the ball on that but the stable courtyard had beer and other food you can get for something simple.
Written 16 October 2020
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IndyGuyontheGo
Indianapolis, IN508 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Friends
The Biltmore Mansion is open despite the Trip Advisor page.
The audio tour is well worth the extra money as there is so much to see and learn during the 1 hour walk thru tour.

Be prepared. Plan and purchase your tickets early as attendance is reduced due to the current pandemic. The staff does s fantastic job of keeping groups of people spread apart and a mask is required inside the mansion.

i am planning on a return visit when the holiday decorations are up.
Written 23 July 2020
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podrozniczka60
New Jersey16,140 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
You have to pay the admission fee even if you just want to stroll in the gardens. Nothing is free at Biltmore. Being aware of that it might be wise to choose your timing of Biltmore visit in connection with nice season of the year, blooming trees, peek of colorful flowers, fragrant bushes. It actually matters because most visitors have to wait for hours from the time they buy the tickets till the actual scheduled self-guided tour time. Early March cannot compete with more spectacular times of the year.
Written 7 April 2020
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Madyson_Shannon
Fort Wayne, IN66 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
We have visited the Biltmore a few times and always enjoy the home and grounds. We’d recommend visiting because it is a unique experience. However, I’d recommend waiting until after the pandemic. In our recent visit, we were disappointed to find that the audio tour has been cut short due to Covid-19. There were less rooms and areas to see. Also, the audio portion has been cut down significantly. They cut out audio to reduce congestion. We didn’t get to spend as much time outside the house as we would have liked because we got there in the afternoon. The grounds are beautiful, but the conservatory was not as enjoyable. You have to follow the queues throughout the whole conservatory, instead of being able to wander as you enjoyed at your own pace. It took quite a bit longer and was hot/stuffy with the masks. The area is still beautiful but not as enjoyable with the slow meandering. Also, the winery now requires reservations for the tasting. This isn’t clearly explained or advertised anywhere until you get to the winery. We were fortunate there was one last spot for us to do the tasting. For anyone else, make sure you reserve in advance (up to 3 days) if you’d like to do the tasting. Overall, the Biltmore and grounds are a wonderful place to visit but I’d recommend waiting after pandemic restrictions are lifted.
Written 5 May 2021
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sweetdumpling
New Brunswick, NJ427 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
This is a must visit if you are in this area. Beautiful and well-operated place. Would have to dedicate 1/2 a day at least or preferably a full day to take in the information, snap pictures, and tour at a leisurely pace. With that said, the place offers a few options of eateries - sandwiches/salads/soups/quick snacks as well as a full-dining restaurant AND a buffet at a reasonable rate. There are also very nice/fancy gift shops, confectionaries and stores for souvenir (not your average gift shops at many other touristy places).

When we went in Jan 2020, the regular/adult rate was $69 at the gate. The Asheville visitor information center in Downtown Asheville (which is about 10 min away) offers $10 off for the regular/adult rates for same day purchases. The students could get the entrance fees for $39 at the visitor center with the student IDs presented at the time of purchase. We enjoyed the tour of the main house as well as Deer Park, where the Downtown Abbey exhibit is. Audio guide is highly recommended as there are little signages or commentary throughout the building.
Written 25 January 2020
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Thank you so much for your review. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Biltmore, and we hope to welcome you again soon!
Written 11 February 2020
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mplegal
Orlando, FL466 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
We did the house walking tour as well as the roof top tour and it was wonderful. It’s not a cheap excursion but it certainly filled the day and we would go again because we didn’t see a lot of exhibits. If you’re going to do the house tour, I recommend audio because you learn so much fascinating insight. The roof tour was intimate and provided amazing views as well as additional insight as to the building of the estate. We topped it off by visiting the winery. We skipped the complementary tastings and enjoyed a nice glass within the wine bar.
Written 14 March 2020
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Thank you so much for your review. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit!
Written 19 March 2020
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