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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  • Lisa L
    6 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    No guarantee you will get a wheel chair
    Amazing place . Did the self guided audio tour which was awesome . Did the carriage ride which was very relaxing and a good option for my mom to see some of the grounds as her mobility is poor . I would not suggest the carriage ride if you are able to bike or walk. I do wish the biltmore had rental wheel chairs as we flew here and could not bring my moms chair . Wheelchairs are first come first serve so if it’s a busy day you are out of luck . Seems like a place this popular would have some sort of wheel chair rental .
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written May 22, 2023
  • Kirby H
    Kansas City, Missouri147 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of a kind but getting pretty commercial.
    2nd visit, 1st 15 years ago. Beautiful as always and amazing. A little disappointed in lack of details given on audio in many of the rooms like plumbing how they got it to work, the major painting on the ceiling in the library, ac dc electrical and we did not get to tour several of the main bedrooms due to it being to hot but it was like 70 degrees out? It seemed like the goal was to get you quickly through the house even though many of us enjoy the technical details. These details are what got me to take the behind the scenes and grounds tour on our last visit. Our Saturday ticket was about 110 dollars, that is starting to push it for me. It is a one of a kind home but we visited every single historical home in Charleston for less than that. There were tents and vans and trucks parked all over the grounds so it was pretty tough to get any good clean pictures without something in them. Still fun to visit but not as good as our visit in 2006.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 26, 2023
  • Jessica
    20 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just as awe-inspiring as it looks in picture!
    Though I feel the ticket price is way too expensive, I would still recommend seeing it once. The grounds and scenery just driving up to the parking lot are a sight to behold when imagining what it would've been like in the late 1800s/early 1900s, and the conservatory gardens are WAY better than outdoor gardens. The house is amazing and almost overwhelming because of the grand scale of everything, but the tour barely scratches the surface when you realize how many rooms are actually in the house! Skip the confectionary and other overpriced items in the multiple gift shops and eateries...just go for the audio tour and save money buying tickets online, and expect to be there about three hours.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 26, 2023
  • Joyce19561111
    Baltimore, Maryland104 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful House
    Must see this home once in your life. Largest home in USA, three floors plus basement tour. Got the whole package hour tour, Renaissance images, and garden tour next day. Parked in Lot C to get free shuttle to hour because a lot of walking is involved in this 80,000 acre site. Stayed most of the day for the first day, half day for the gardens the next day.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 27, 2023
  • Lori H
    Knoxville, Tennessee43 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Day Outside the House
    We had been to Biltmore several times but had never taken advantage of the beautiful scenery surrounding the house. This weekend we had a picnic at Bass Pond, spent time at the lagoon, walked around the gardens, and watched a sheep herding demonstration. The demonstration was very interesting, and the dogs were not only intelligent but quite fun to watch. It was a lovely day.
    Thank you for sharing your experience! We hope you visit again soon!
    Written June 20, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 5, 2023
  • lawtonjl2002
    438 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A fabulous way to spend the day
    A grand look inside the Vanderbilt estate. Audio tour was enjoyable as it allowed you to spend as much or as little time in areas you desired. The grounds are a joy to explore with so much variety. Our bus group had a lunch from the on site restaurant. Delicious with plentiful portions
    Thank you for sharing your experience! We hope you visit again soon!
    Written June 20, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 10, 2023
  • Paul S.
    Rocky Mount, Virginia59 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beauty beyond words…
    What an amazing place! My wife and I took a day trip to visit the estate, gardens and winery at Biltmore. We took the audio tour which lasted about an hour, but could go longer if you wanted. It was self guided. I would definitely suggest doing the audio tour instead of doing it in your own. It is very informative and describes what you are looking at. You are going to learn a lot more with it. What amazed me the most was the ingenuity of it all. I can’t wait to go back again. There was just so much to see. The staff were excellent. Very friendly and knowledgeable. Definitely worth the ticket price.
    Thank you for sharing your experience! We hope you visit again soon!
    Written June 20, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 12, 2023
  • TravelingNCmom
    Stanley, North Carolina91 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    Be prepared for lots of walking. Biltmore is a huge area. We walked the entire house, gardens, farm, and Antler Hill. It was a full day without even walk-in any of the trails. Had a great time.
    Thank you for sharing your experience! We hope you visit again soon!
    Written June 23, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written June 22, 2023
  • JPR368
    Longwood, Florida86 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Real American Treasure
    A splendid American chateau, Biltmore House sits perched atop nearly 30,000 acres of history, natural beauty, and Gilded Age glory. The house tour via audio recording is thorough and gives curator guided insight into the life of the Vanderbilt family, their wealth, and their legacy. The home's collection of art and antiquities is unmatched, as is the level of care and detail I the preservation of the entire property. This is a must do, even on a rainy day. I can oy imagine how stunning it is in Fall and at the holidays. This is a must see for all.
    Thank you for sharing your experience! We hope you visit again soon!
    Written June 23, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 22, 2023
  • CodyDC
    Washington DC, District of Columbia6,573 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Truly great experience - lots to see and do on the estate grounds for a full day
    First time visiting the Biltmore house and estate and loved every minute of it. I went on a week day and early in the morning to avoid the crowds, where the crowd was doable. Before my timed tour and house opening, I walked the estate grounds from the gardens to the Bass pond and waterfalls which was nice. I then toured the inside and enjoyed the different rooms and furnishing, it reminded me of the palaces in Europe. I also like the various paintings inside like the Monet and Renoir paintings. I also did the roof-top tour which has nice views of the estate landscape. From there headed to the Winery and then the Italian Renaissance art show. Definitely would recommend a visit to Biltmore, arrive early and then enjoy a full day on the estate.
    Thank you for sharing your experience! We hope you visit again soon!
    Written June 27, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 24, 2023
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4 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Tldr: lovely landscape, but overcrowded not worth the $$$$$

Pros: The bass pond, reflecting pools and shrub walking paths were vast, gorgeous and lovely to walk through. The actual architecture of the house is unique and interesting to see in person. Also the mountain views from the balcony were stunning.

Cons: very crowded, waited about 15 in line with 50 people, despite a timed ticket entry that cost $110 per person (the cheapest ticket option, that for some reason is higher on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays)

The "self-guided" audio tour allows you to use a prerecorded audio headset and follow a one way path, seeing about 75% of the house, as some parts are under renovation and blocked off.

After touring the opulent and refined house, the visitor restrooms were located in an adjacent building and in decrepit shape, comparable to a dated sports stadium bathroom halfwy througha game- it was jarring and felt like they don't actually care about the visitor experience.

Additionally, the courtyard cafe was basic and over priced ($12 for a hot dog?) I did enjoy the coffe and cinnamon roll I got, that was $11 too, however.

Afterwards we walked the gardens and grounds- the pond and shrub walkways, and the conservatory were very pleasant and lovely- designed by Frederick Law Olmsted- I do love his work so I particularly enjoyed these, but I didn't feel that this made up for the $110 price tag.

Afterwards, we drove through to the winery and village- I was hopeful this would be at least as nice as the gardens- Nope. The winery and village are like a Vanderbilt themed worse version of Disney world. It's a cash grab around every corner.

Overall, I was not only feeling ripped off, but also disappointed that I spent most of one of my limited vacation days paying money to a family that has inherited so much wealth over more than a century to then be sold a cheap experience that is comparable to quite a few other places that charge closer to 20-30$ for a ticket.
Written May 17, 2024
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Diane K
Colorado Springs, CO178 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
This place is spectacular. Obviously we didn't stay in the Biltmore House, we stayed at the Estate Inn. The amenities were as nice as any I've experienced, plus a real red rose, robes and slippers, luxurious bathroom products, a bottle of wine, and a coffee table book. We also had tickets to the Chihuly exhibit. The grounds are remarkable. The dining was 'top shelf'. Great service.
Written May 15, 2024
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Deb Felmey
Harrington, DE114 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
It was everything I had hoped for and more. So much to see. The two day pass was perfect- the house tour amazing. Audio portion was spot on. The tickets are pricey - but well worth it. The Chihuly display was outstanding.... I would do it all again and I had a 9 hour drive to get there. The people who work/volunteer there are top notch and do everything to make your experience as pleasant as possible. Wear comfortable walking shoes......the gardens were spectacular!
Written May 14, 2024
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rocketmandan
Boston, MA38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This is what you do if visiting Asheville! It’s expensive but is a full day so it’s probably worth it. The gardens are very impressive. Since I am an outdoor guy, this was my favorite place. The indoor tour with 32 stops possible on the recorded voice thing you are given to use at the tour start, is long, but interesting. I did enjoy this.
Written May 13, 2024
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Hardy van Niersen
Inverness, FL58 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
At $90 to $150 per person and having to come back at a later time, while the most impressive palace in France 'Versailles' charges $31 going to the top of the Eifel Tower cost $29 and the Fairytale Castle Neuschwanstein in in the German Alps Charges $18 per person. This made us feel so ripped off that we just left, anything between $30 to maximum $50 would have been acceptable to see a house and a garden. Your can go to Disney World and have tons of attractions for the same price and there rates are already high.
Written May 11, 2024
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riny
New England1,106 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The Biltmore is a huge estate outside downtown Asheville. The house and gardens were very elaborate and impressive. They also had a special exhibit (Chihuly) while we were there - excellent.
But the crowds were very large even on a weekday - with long lines as a result.
Written May 10, 2024
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Brian K
Bradenton, FL252 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
A quality tour of a magnificent mansion. You follow a very well done audio tour room to room and floor to floor. We took our time and spent about 90 minutes touring the house. We spent some time on the grounds/gardens as well but unfortunately the weather wasn't cooperating so we had to cut that short. We arrived at the main gate about an hour before our tour time and that worked out well as we had plenty of time to park, walk to the mansion, shop, and hit the restroom before the tour. After the tour we drove over to Antler Hill and did the free wine tasting. We waited in line for about 15 minutes... the tasting was well done and efficient...took about a half hour to try five wines from a selection of about a dozen options. Afterwards we hit the shops and also had a beverage and an appetizer at the Bistro. All in all it was a great way to spend the day and I'd highly recommend it.
Written May 7, 2024
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baughjoanna
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We have visited the Biltmore during different seasons. Each visit was amazing. This time we brought our mom and her twin sister. They are 87 years old and had never visited the Biltmore. The loved it. The Chihuly glass was also amazing. Love visiting this place.
Written May 5, 2024
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Suzanne J
Fayetteville, AR39 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
I couldn’t afford the $100 per ticket. The price is outrageous and I had my heart set on this beautiful estate. Leaving Asheville disappointed.
Written May 4, 2024
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oliver
Charlotte, NC153 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
The chiuhly exhibit was amazing. Chiuhly exhibits have exhibits of different glassworks. It was at the biltmore estate.
Written May 4, 2024
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