Biltmore House and Gardens; Ten Tips to Get the Most from your Visit
- Tip #1: Biltmore House and Gardens is a big place. You are going to do a lot of walking and stair climbing, so wear comfortable shoes. Also, weather can change quickly, so it's a good idea to bring along a hat and sunscreen as well as a light jacket.
- Tip #2: First time visitors to Biltmore House and Gardens should take the self-guided house tour through the sixty rooms of the mansion open to the public. This can take a couple of hours or more.
- Tip #3: There are a number of guided and specialty Biltmore House and Gardens tours available, you can purchase tickets to these tours at the same time you purchase your primary Biltmore tickets.
- Tip #4: The audio narration of the self guided house tour is highly recommended. You can rent it at the house after you have purchased your Biltmore tickets. The audio tour will give you a great deal of background information on the house, the Vanderbilts, and many of the rare artworks and furnishings that fill the rooms.
- Tip #5: Purchase your Biltmore tickets online. You will save money and avoid long lines at the ticket counter.
- Tip #6: Arrive early (before 10 am) to avoid the crowds, especially in spring and summer. Tour busses begin arriving about 10 am and by noon the house can be very crowded.
- Tip #7: Alternatively if you arrive after 2 pm, you can take the house tour, then return to Biltmore Estate the next day at no extra charge to visit the gardens, the winery, River Bend Farm, or even tour the house again. You get a day and a half for the price of one Biltmore ticket.
- Tip #8: If you arrive at Biltmore Estate by car, follow the attendant's directions to a parking lot. There are paths to the house, or you can take a shuttle to the front door. Be sure to note which lot you are in so you know which shuttle to take back to your car.
- Tip #9: If you drive to Biltmore Estate, consider bringing along a blanket and a cooler for a picnic in the Azalea Gardens after your house tour.
- Tip #10: If the Courtyard restaurants at Biltmore House are too crowded, you can drive over to the Biltmore Winery to have lunch at the delightful but reasonably priced Bistro.
Biltmore Estate Links:
Biltmore Guided and Specialty Tours
Biltmore Outdoor Adventures and River Bend Farm
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