Top 5 Downton Abbey-Related Activities at Biltmore
Events & Activities 11/07/19
Written By Amy Dangelico
Downton Abbey: The Exhibition ended September 7, 2020. Please enjoy this archived content.
From November 8, 2019 through April 7, 2020, Biltmore is hosting Downton Abbey: The Exhibition, an immersive, must-see event that pays homage to the show.
The multimedia display in Amherst at Deerpark includes holograms, video, and life-size imagery—plus some of the series’ most recognizable sets, including Mrs. Patmore’s kitchen and the gossip-fueled servants’ quarters.
The estate has a variety of additional offerings that connect to the exhibition. Here are our top 5 picks:
5. Costumes at The Biltmore Legacy
Downton Abbey: The Exhibition itself extends to The Biltmore Legacy in Antler Hill Village where more than 50 official costumes from the series’ six-season run—worn by actors such as Michelle Dockery, Hugh Bonneville, and Dame Maggie Smith—will be on display.
4. Stroll Through Stunning Gardens
In one episode of the series, Lord and Lady Grantham had the delightful task of presiding over the annual village flower show. While visiting Biltmore, be sure to stroll through our four-acre English-style Walled Garden filled with roses and a glorious mix of summer annuals and perennials, exotic grasses, and more–and don’t miss the glass-roofed Conservatory that houses hundreds of tropical specimens.
3. Downton Abbey-Inspired Products
For a limited-time, shops throughout the estate are offering a variety of Downton-inspired items. Browse fashions such as fascinators, jewelry, scarves, hat pins, and more—inspired by the styles worn by characters in the show. Tea sets, books, and additional accessories relating to the era are also available.
2. The Biltmore House Backstairs Tour
Developed exclusively to coincide with Downton Abbey: The Exhibition, The Biltmore House Backstairs Tour is a brand new behind-the-scenes tour. Hear the fascinating stories of those who worked and lived on the estate while visiting rarely seen servants’ areas including the Butler’s Pantry and beyond.
1. Stay Overnight to Make the Most of Your Visit
Both The Inn on Biltmore Estate® and Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate® offer an exciting opportunity to stay overnight on the property, ensuring you have time to see and do it all. Take your time while enjoying Downton Abbey: The Exhibition, and take in all the glorious costumes from the series on display at The Biltmore Legacy in Antler Hill Village.
Can someone answer this question…. If you purchase and evening admission to the Biltmore Estate that includes admission to the Downton Abbey Exhibit but can you go into that exhibit before 7PM which is the earliest time available for the evening admission ??? That would not give a person much time to see the exhibit and still tour the estate.
Hi, Gina — great question! Tickets to Candlelight Christmas Evenings include daytime access to Biltmore’s gardens, grounds, Conservatory, Antler Hill Village & Winery (with complimentary wine tasting) and Downton Abbey: The Exhibition, which can be used the day of or the day following your evening house tour.
If you choose to use your daytime admission the same day as your evening visit, you are welcome to arrive any time after Lodge Gate opens at 8:30 a.m. If you prefer to use your daytime admission the following day, please plan to arrive for your evening house tour after 4:30 p.m.
I understand that the exhibition is in 2 locations. As an annual pass holder do I need to purchase an additional ticket to view the exhibits at both locations? I thought I heard while on hold trying to call for this information that the Legacy exhibit was free to pass holders.
Great question! Downton Abbey: The Exhibition is hosted at Amherst at Deerpark and The Biltmore Legacy at Antler Hill Village.
Passholders are welcome to explore the costume display in The Biltmore Legacy free of charge. The interactive, multimedia portion of the exhibition is at Amherst and admission is $20 for Passholders, which includes a 20% discount for this specialty experience.
Please note that all aspects of Downton Abbey: The Exhibition are included when Passholders purchase tickets for Candlelight Christmas Evenings.
How much time should I allow to see the Downton Abbey Exhibit in both locations?
Hi, Beth! We recommend allowing for anywhere from 45 minutes to two hours to fully experience the exhibition.
Can we drive on to the estate just to go to Downton Abbey exhibit? And how much is the ticket to get on grounds and to go to the exhibit?
Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, Downton Abbey: The Exhibition ended in October and is no longer available on the estate. We hope you will choose to visit us again in the future for other exhibitions.