Biltmore Estate Insider's Guide 2023

By: Leah Shoup

Buy your tickets online and in advance.

Over 1.4 million people visit "America's Largest Home" each year. So, you'll want to book your tickets ahead of time to avoid disappointment!

Plan your visit for a weekday.

You can save money on tickets and avoid the crowds at this historic home in Asheville by visiting Monday through Thursday!

Avoid ticket timeslots between 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

These times are when Biltmore typically sees the most significant crowds. We suggest the 10 a.m. slot or between 2–3:30 p.m.

Arrive early.

If you’re driving from the Asheville area, plan to leave your hotel at least 45 minutes before your ticketed time slot.

Your ticket includes a wine tasting.

Daytime admission includes a free wine sampling at the Biltmore Winery. However, you’ll need to make reservations in person on the day of your visit.

Visit a second day for $25!

Although you can't enter the house again, you can explore the hiking trails, Antler Hill Village, and the Italian Renaissance Alive experience.

Book a guided tour for more access.

See even more rooms of George Vanderbilt's home in the Blue Ridge Mountains by booking a guided tour! We love the backstairs tour!

Go to the gardens first in the summer.

The grounds cover over 8,000 acres, so you can expect some impressive gardens–all of which were designed by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted.

Plan a spring visit for Biltmore Blooms.

It's one of our favorite events, running from April until the end of May, providing the ideal time to see the flowers in bloom.

Make meal reservations.

Although there are multiple dining options on the estate, there's only one close to the Biltmore House: the Stable Café.