Touring the Biltmore Estate

by Katie Skrzek

Jan 3, 2019

The Biltmore Estate, Asheville © Florentino David | Dreamstime

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Located in Asheville, North Carolina, the Biltmore Estate is a sight to see. The 8,000-acre estate is situated among the mountains in Asheville.


The estate was home to George and Edith Vanderbilt. Construction on the 250-room private mansion was completed in 1895. Many features of the building were state of the art for the time, including elevators and electricity throughout the property. George and Edith’s grandchildren still own and operate the estate.


Today, guests can explore the mansion, its gardens and nearby grounds, including Antler Hill Village. With so much to see, it’s best to fully plan out your visit before you arrive. Additionally, a car is required to get between locations within the estate. You can check with guest services about reserving shuttle service.


Daytime pricing varies by day and season, but typically ranges $55–85. General admission includes a self-guided visit of the estate, access to the gardens and Antler Hill Village, admission to the exhibit “The Vanderbilts At Home and Abroad” at The Biltmore Legacy and a free tasting at the winery.


If you want further information about the estate, there are several guided tours to choose from including a behind-the-scenes tour of the rooftop. All guided tours are an additional fee. Follow the suggested itineraries for more inspiration.


Don’t leave without stopping at the shops, restaurants and winery on the grounds. If you prefer, book a stay at one of the three on-site luxury lodging options: Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate, The Inn on Biltmore Estate and Cottage on Biltmore Estate.

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