Five new rooms were recently added to the standard self-guided tour,
allowing visitors to now see how staff lived, and providing the
opportunity to learn a little about the architecture of Biltmore House.
For those still wanting to experience more of the home, the estate is
offering two new Behind-the-Scenes Tours including rooms never before
offered for guest viewing.
The North Wing Tour will permit guests to step out onto the organ
gallery in the banquet hall for the first time ever. The gallery is
where the restored Skinner pipe organ is situated and offers a bird’s
eye view of the 70-foot tall and 72-foot long room. This tour also
takes guests out onto the roof of the winter garden (weather
permitting) to view the elegant glass roof while also getting a closer
look at the house’s exterior architecture. Other stops include Edith
Vanderbilt’s bath and dressing area, the butler’s pantry and the boiler
The South Wing Tour takes guests to the very top of Biltmore House with
stops in attic spaces and on several rooftop areas including one of
visitors’ favorite spots - the roof at the top of the grand staircase.
Tour guests can now see the newly opened observatory from the top down
as they move around the wrought iron walkway to reach an exterior
balcony where gargoyles sit patiently waiting. The tour also ventures
into un-restored bedrooms including the Tyrolean Chimney and
The Behind-the-Scenes Tours are available for an additional fee.