Biltmore & Italian Gardens

Plan Your Visit to Biltmore Estate

  • Biltmore Estate tickets cost $60-85, depending on the time of year and the day of the week. Purchase Biltmore tickets online at least 7 days in advance or purchase them at the Asheville Visitor Center for a $10 discount. If you are able to purchase your tickets in advance, you should consider doing so. There are certain "high-volume days" when reservations are required because they may sell out. For a list of those dates, please see the Biltmore ticket guide. Beginning October 30, 2019, Biltmore relocated security screening away from the entrance of the House and adding two new entry scanning and ticket locations: Central Parking and the Front Lawn Entrance.
  • Kids 9 and under get in free with a paying adult year-round! Youth ages 10-16 can visit free during the summer (Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day), and are admitted at 50% of adult daytime rates during the rest of the year.
  • There is no admission for individual parts of Biltmore Estate (in other words, there is no separate ticket for just the gardens or just the winery). To access any part of the estate, you will need to purchase a general admission ticket or an annual pass.
  • Parking and Estate Transportation: Choose "Central Parking" for complimentary shuttles from your car to Biltmore House, Antler Hill Village & Winery and Deerpark/Amherst. During transit, you'll enjoy guest orientation about Biltmore. Or, choose lots A or B (the closest parking to Biltmore House) to park and walk. Guest vehicles are no longer allowed to drive through the historic area directly in front of Biltmore House or through the Walled Garden. Biltmore has instituted an "Express Lane" for Passholders.  
  • Biltmore's Summer Concert Series features live performances on the estate's scenic South Terrace with the Blue Ridge Mountains as a stunning backdrop. The concerts typically take place in July and August. In 2021, Biltmore cancelled its Summer Concert Series due to COVID-19.
  • A visit to Biltmore is spectacular in any season, with special celebrations offered in the springtime (Biltmore Blooms) and around the holidays (Christmas at Biltmore).


The Top 9 Things to See and Do at Biltmore

Biltmore Library1. Biltmore House: Discover the elegance and charm of Biltmore house on a self-guided tour that weaves through four floors. On your way, marvel at the original furnishings, art and artifacts collected by George Vanderbilt. Favorite rooms of the mansion include the Library with 10,000 books and the grand Banquet Hall with its 70-foot high ceiling! An in-depth audio guide and guided behind-the-scenes tours are available at an additional cost.   

Guided tours of Biltmore House are also available, including the Biltmore Exclusive Experience, a custom, two-hour tour for small groups. The tour is led by an expert guide who specializes in Vanderbilt history and estate stories. You’ll visit areas off the main tour that are based on your interests. The Biltmore Exclusive Experience is one of three House tours now offered.

2. Gardens: Take a stroll through meticulously manicured gardens designed by America’s foremost landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted. Begin in the Italian Garden, which features a series of reflection ponds, before heading down to the patterned Walled Garden. The Walled Garden features a rose garden with more than 250 varieties. In the spring as part of the Biltmore Blooms celebration, see the bright blooms in the Azalea Garden, one of the largest azalea collections in the country. Don't forget to head inside the Conservatory greenhouse, which showcases a wide variety of exotic plants including stunning orchids and a unique model train display (April 1 - September 26).

Biltmore Late Fall 20163. Bass Pond and Trails: From the gardens, the Bass Pond is just a short walk away. Sit a spell at the historic boathouse. Or choose a bench along the shore of the pond that offers a view of the beautiful red brick bridge that was featured in the movie, Last of the Mohicans. At the far end of the pond, you’ll find a man-made waterfall – a perfect place to sit and relax. The trail to the Bass Pond is part of a 22-mile network of walking and hiking trails on the Estate. All trails are pet-friendly (leashed dogs welcome). Trail maps are available at the main ticketing center when you arrive on the Estate, or from information kiosks located in front of the house and at Antler Hill Village.      

4. Biltmore Winery: From the house and gardens, follow a beautiful drive with pastoral and mountain views to Antler Hill Village, the location of Biltmore Winery. With your admission to Biltmore, you receive a complimentary wine tasting. At the winery, you'll find more than 20 handcrafted vintages including reds whites and rosés. The true wine enthusiast will love the opportunity to take a guided tour of Biltmore Winery’s production facility or a guided tour of the breathtaking vineyards.  

Family at Antler Hill Village5. Antler Hill Village: In addition to the winery, Antler Hill Village is home to the farm, where you can get a taste of what life was like for those who lived on the estate raising livestock and tending crops. Children will delight at the opportunity to meet the farm animals and play on the playground. In the heart of the Village, stop in at The Biltmore Legacy museum to see special historical exhibits, grab an ice cream at The Creamery, shop at the stores and or dine at Cedric’s Tavern. The Village is also where you may find artist demonstrations or live music.

6. Guided Outdoor Adventures: Play in Biltmore’s 8,000-acre backyard! Choose from Biltmore Estate tours and adventures such as fly fishing, river rafting/kayaking, biking, Segway tours, Land Rover tours and falconry. All these experiences (and more) are available to daytime guests, overnight guests and annual passholders for an additional charge. Many of the experiences do require making a reservation in advance.

7. Biltmore by Horse: Biltmore has been named one of the top places in the world to go horseback riding. Biltmore offers a variety of guided horseback rides and tours for a truly memorable adventure. Or, enjoy a relaxing journey on a horse-drawn carriage led by Belgian draft horses.

8. Dining: Choose from six restaurants that range from fine to casual dining. Biltmore Estate’s working farm provides the fresh herbs, salad greens, meats and eggs for many of the dishes served. Biltmore sources prime cuts of hormone-and-antibiotic-free beef and lamb from estate-raised Angus cattle and White Dorper sheep. Other ingredients such as mountain trout and farmstead cheese are sourced from local farmers.

9. Shopping: Discover treasures and purchase unique gifts at the estate’s charming shops. Shop arts and crafts, fashion, home accents, wines, books, toys and Christmas wares. There’s even a confectionery where you can choose from a tempting array of sweet treats.

Biltmore Estate Events:

  • Stickworks Outdoor Sculptures – Begins April 1, 2021

Explore unique outdoor sculptural works by environmental artist Patrick Dougherty, known as “Stick Man,” at Antler Hill Village. Renowned worldwide for his monumental creations, Dougherty weaves saplings and branches into intricate artworks, fashioning whimsical forms ranging from gigantic snares and cocoons to sculptural interpretations of notable buildings. The visual appeal of these large scale artworks may be appreciated up close as guests are encouraged to walk through and around the creations, affording the opportunity to admire the artistry and technical skills required to make the sculptures. 

  • Biltmore Gardens Railway – April 1-September 26, 2021

An enchanting botanical model train display features small-scale replicas of the Biltmore Estate's most iconic places. Biltmore Gardens Railway in the Conservatory pays homage to Biltmore’s founder George Vanderbilt, who was born into a well-known railroad family. Hundreds of feet of track carry G-scale locomotives and railcars through multiple rooms in Biltmore’s Conservatory, and weave through exotic botanicals and miniature replicas of estate landmarks. 

Kick off the holidays with this annual tradition in which a 35-foot tree is brought to the estate on horse-drawn carriage before being lifted into place in the grand Banquet Hall.

Biltmore shines with holiday grandeur with stunning decorations. In Biltmore house, see more than 65 hand-decorated trees, including the 35-foot tree in the Banquet Hall. Fresh poinsettias brighten the rooms. And, Antler Hill Village lights up with light displays outside and beautiful decorations inside Biltmore Winery.

At night during the holidays, Biltmore lights the dozens of fireplaces and candles in Biltmore House, and live music adds to the special ambiance.

Welcome spring in style with more than 130,000 flowers blooming across Biltmore Estate.

  • Easter Egg Hunt – April 2022 (Date TBA)

The Easter Rabbit makes an annual appearance on Biltmore’s Front Lawn on Easter Sunday. Highlighting the day are the grand Easter Egg Hunts. Children ages 9 and younger may attend the hunt for free when accompanied by an estate pass holder or a ticketed adult.