Insider Tips for Visiting the Biltmore Estate

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.

Use the restroom before you enter.

There are no public bathrooms inside the house, so you'll want to go before you start your tour since you'll likely spend about 2 hours inside.

Dress appropriately.

Given the extensive walking involved, comfortable shoes are a must for navigating the house and the sprawling gardens.

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!

Don't forget about Antler Hill Village.

Just five miles from the Biltmore House, Antler Hill Village offers restaurants, stores, and seasonal exhibits.

Your ticket includes a complimentary wine tasting.

You don't need to make a reservation; however, be aware that this experience is first-come, first-served.

Make meal reservations.

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