Biltmore House & Gardens
If you have been to Biltmore Estate multiple times or planning a first visit, here are 10 great “extra” ways to enjoy your visit and make lifetime memories:
- After taking a self-guided tour of the Biltmore House, sign up for the Butler’s Tour to see how Biltmore House functioned back in the early 1900s (America’s Downton Abbey), and see behind-the-scenes areas unrestored rooms and mechanical areas.
- At the Winery, take the Red Wine & Chocolate Seminar, daily at 2 PM, to discover why chocolate and red wine is a match made in heaven.
- Again this spring and summer, the Deerpark Restaurant in the historic barn will serve a delicious weekend brunch with prepared-to-order specialties in addition to classic favorites like hand-carved prime rib and Southern family-style dishes. Starting March 23, it’s open for lunch on Saturdays 11 AM to 3 PM and for Sunday Brunch 10 AM to 2 PM.
- During the Festival of Flowers (March 21-May 19) take a free gardening seminar (or all three) held daily in A Gardener’s Place below the Conservatory: Smell Good Plants, Terrarium Gardening Under Glass and Organic Fertilizing.
- Enjoy the grand outdoors at Biltmore with a guided Segway Tour, daily April to December. No experience is necessary. The tour covers 3.5 miles on a paved trail by the Lagoon. Or take a hike on one of the many trails.
- At the this year’s special exhibit, The Vanderbilts at Home and Abroad, explore the lives of George, Edith, and Cornelia Vanderbilt at home and in their travels throughout Europe and the Far East, including the fascinating story of the fateful decision that saved the Vanderbilts from perishing on Titanic.
- If you or your traveling companion has mobility challenges, Biltmore offers reduced-price admission and special services for you. Parking assistance is available, and you can ride a shuttle bus to the front door of the Biltmore House. They have some wheelchairs inside the house for use at no charge to tour the first two floors. Guests with hearing difficulties can request a neckloop telecoil coupler or a printed transcript of the audio guide. You can also request a sign language interpreter.
- If you are traveling with your pet, the grounds are perfect for walking your pets, just keep them securely leashed at all times. There are many trails and garden areas to enjoy. Pets (except service dogs) are not allowed in any building.
- If you love shopping at Biltmore but you run out of time, go back the next day to the Gate House Gift Shop at the estate entrance. It does not require an admission ticket.
- Purchase tickets on Biltmore’s website at least 7 days in advance and save $10 on daytime admission. Enjoy a second, consecutive day of all Biltmore has to offer for only $10.
For our 20-page insider’s guide with many photos, videos and tips, go to our Biltmore Estate Guide.
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