The Biltmore Estate is a National Treasure. The Estate is best known for the Biltmore House, a French chateau style castle that covers 4 acres under one roof on 8,000 acres of land. The Biltmore House stands out as the largest privately owned home in the United States. It is a historic tourist destination with over 1 million visitors a year. The home is 175,000 square feet, 250 rooms, has 65 fireplaces, one indoor pool, a bowling alley, stunning medieval tapestries, and an immense library.
While the Biltmore House is a must-see, there are many fun things to do within the gates of the Estate. You can spend a full day (or two) exploring the beautiful gardens, hiking, biking, carriage rides, horseback riding and other outdoor adventures. Take a winery tour and enjoy fine dining in one of its many restaurants as well as shopping or live music in Antler Hill Village which stays open in the evenings.
If you plan to see the Biltmore house on your visit, we can have the tickets waiting for you in your chalet. When you purchase tickets through our office they are $50 each, a $9-$19 discount off of the gate price; you can also avoid standing in lines and just drive to the gate to begin your visit.
Tips for Visiting the Biltmore Estate
- Take your time exploring during your vacation at Biltmore. Plan to spend the day, or perhaps two.
- Wear very comfortable walking shoes.
- Arrive early to avoid crowds.
- Saturdays are the busiest days. The most crowded days of the year are Saturdays in April, May, October, November, and December.
- You will need a car since the drive to the Biltmore House from the entrance gate is three miles. It’s another two miles to the Winery.
- Bring your own picnic or stop by the Ice Cream Shop outside the Biltmore House to purchase a picnic to go. There are many great picnic spots on the Estate.
- There are activities and restaurants open in the evening at Antler Hill Village. (Call 877-BILTMORE or visit online for seasonal hours). If you arrive on the estate after 4 p.m., your ticket can be validated for the next day at the Reception & Ticket Center.
- The grounds of Biltmore Estate are great for walking your pets, but please make sure to keep them securely leashed at all times. Pets are not allowed inside Biltmore mansion or other estate buildings such as the winery, restaurants, and shops.
- During busy times guests are assigned a reservation time to tour the Biltmore House.
- Check the Biltmore Estate Web site for more information or call for current hours.