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Asheville's Biltmore House Offers Behind-The-Scenes Tours

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 room.

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 Gainsborough rooms.

The Behind-the-Scenes Tours are available for an additional fee.

The Biltmore Estate
One Approach Road
Asheville, NC 28803
(800) 624-1575
(828) 225-1333
Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau
36 Montford Avenue
Asheville, NC 28802
(888) 247-9811
(828) 258-6102