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Banqueting House Tickets

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What: Self-guided tour.

Where: London, UK.

Availability: Daily.

Start Time: 10am.

Don’t Miss: The only surviving in-situ ceiling painted by Rubens in the world.

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Banqueting House Tickets

Previously part of the Palace of Whitehall, Banqueting House, designed by Inigo Jones in 1619, is not only famous for its beautiful architecture and Rubens ceilings, but infamous for housing the very scaffold upon which unfortunate Charles I met his end!

Some of the famous and fascinating sights you’ll see on a visit to Banqueting include:

The Rubens Ceiling

Enjoyed by courtiers and kings from the Royal household for centuries, the masterpiece ceiling painting by Rubens at Banqueting is the only surviving in-situ ceiling painting in the world.

The Site of Charles I’s Scaffold

Banqueting House is probably known best as the site of King Charles I’s execution. A scaffold was erected just in front of the house in 1649 on a frozen January morning. It is here that Charles I, wearing two shirts to ward off the cold lest his trembling be mistaken for cowardice, met his end with great dignity.

Banqueting House Architecture

Banqueting House was the first building designed in the neo-classical style. Inigo Jones travelled extensively in Italy where he fell in love with the ornate ancient-world architecture. His similar designs at Banqueting House marked the start of a revolution in British architecture.

The Undercroft

Originally designed as a drinking den for James I, the Undercroft was one of the only places where the king could escape the stresses of public life and enjoy the simple pleasure of private time with friends and his favoured courtiers.

Suitable for:
  • Families
  • Couples
  • Groups
  • Teenagers
  • Seniors
Great for:
  • Culture Vultures
At the corner of Horse Guards Avenue and Whitehall opposite Horse Guards Parade.
  • Open daily except for Bank Holidays and from 22nd December to 1st January each year.
  • Important: Banqueting House often closes at short notice for functions and events, so please check the times before your visit.
Opening Times:
10am to 5pm. Last admission at 4.15pm. (Important: From 1st September 2017 the Banqueting House will no longer be open on Thursdays. Between 22nd February to 18 April 2018 inclusive the Banqueting House will not be open to the public due to necessary conservation work to the magnificent Rubens’ ceiling).
The Banqueting House is accessible for wheelchair users. A carer accompanying a disabled visitor will be admitted free.
Admission to Banqueting House.
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