UPDATE: Downton Abbey: The Exhibition has been extended through Sept. 7, 2020.
Downton Abbey: The Exhibition is open at Biltmore in Asheville, N.C. for a limited engagement through April 7, 2020. This immersive exhibition features set recreations, costumes and exclusive multimedia elements, providing guests with a chance to step inside the world of Carnival Films’ global television phenomenon and highly anticipated feature film, which hit the big screen on Sept. 20, 2019 in the U.S. Showcased in two locations at Biltmore, the exhibition transports guests on an incredible journey through the grand home of Downton Abbey, providing an inside look into the world of the Crawleys and those that served them below stairs.
George Vanderbilt opened Biltmore House for the first time
to family and friends on Christmas Eve 1895. Today, Biltmore’s
Christmas events are based on what we’ve learned from our archives about
that first holiday celebration. That attention to tradition and detail
is what has made Christmas at Biltmore one of the Southeast’s most beloved holiday travel destinations.
As America’s Largest Home, Biltmore House has captured the imagination of millions with its sheer size – the square footage of four football fields – the 35 bedrooms, the 43 bathrooms, and a full-sized swimming pool in the basement. Yet it was also a warm and welcoming home where a family lived and a little girl grew up. George Vanderbilt’s dream lives on as one of western North Carolina’s rarest treasures.
Biltmore’s formal gardens and pastoral grounds began from seed in the heart and mind of Frederick Law Olmsted, America’s father of landscape architecture. Hired by George Vanderbilt to create a European country setting, Olmsted achieved that goal, and then some. The variety of Biltmore’s gardens attracts garden lovers, master gardeners, and hobbyists every day from all over the world.
George Vanderbilt enjoyed getting away from it all, as much as he did tending to the operations of Biltmore House and the formal gardens. In 2010, Antler Hill Village opened to guests as a place to relax and unwind after a day of House tours and jaunts around the grounds. The village features a large Village Green, an exhibition hall, Biltmore Winery, and more.
Biltmore’s award-winning Inn came along in 2001, after years of guests asking, “Can we stay in Biltmore House?” The Inn on Biltmore Estate honors the essence of Biltmore House and the graciousness of the Vanderbilt family.
Village Hotel is adjacent to Biltmore’s popular Winery in Antler Hill Village, giving guests a convenient home base for exploring the estate’s grounds, shopping, dining and live music on the Village Green. Village Hotel is the estate’s second overnight accommodations. The award-winning Inn on Biltmore Estate opened in 2001.
Since 2011, Biltmore’s historic Rose Garden has been home
to the trials in which more than 150 varieties from growers and breeders
worldwide have been planted and cared for by Biltmore’s expert
horticulturalists. Each trial lasts two years and a permanent jury
judges the roses four times per year.