July 1, 2020 – February 15, 2021

Included with Biltmore Admission

Our fun-for-all-ages botanical model train displays invite you to experience our grounds in an engaging new way. Located in Antler Hill Village, the displays feature replicas of train depots from around the country. Each beautifully executed piece was handcrafted from such natural elements as leaves, bark, and twigs.

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Created by the award-winning crew of artists, botanical experts, and landscape designers at Applied Imagination, Ltd., the structures consist of all-natural elements, much of which was gathered from estate grounds.

A model of the Conservatory created by Applied Imagination, Ltd.

Your visit continues in Antler Hill Village, where a second model train display celebrates George Vanderbilt’s travels abroad and includes such international landmarks as the Eiffel Tower and London Bridge.

Trains are an important part of estate history. In this 1891 photo, George Vanderbilt meets guests visiting during Biltmore House’s construction. Approach Road was not yet complete, so guests used the construction rail line to get to the house.

This 1892 photo features workers and a steam engine on the Esplanade. Indiana limestone was shipped by rail to the building site for the construction of the stone façade of Biltmore House.

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Book a Fall Getaway

For the ultimate Biltmore Gardens Railway experience, reserve a stay at one of our two splendid estate hotels. Enjoy Biltmore as it was originally intended—as an overnight guest!

CONVENIENCE

Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate

LUXURY

The Inn on Biltmore Estate