Banqueting House Entrance Ticket In London

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Explore Londons royal history with entrance to the 17th-century Banqueting House, the only part of the grand Palace of Whitehall to survive a devastating fire in 1698. See the spot where Charles I was executed after the English Civil War and admire the magnificent ceiling painting by Sir Peter Paul Rubens. Learn about the British royals and discover the story behind this fascinating Italianate building. Upgrade to include admission to Londons other royal palaces: the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace and Kensington Palace.

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  • Family friendly

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Make you own way to the Banqueting House, located near the Thames River and 10 Downing Street, where the British prime minister lives and works. This 17th-century building is the only remaining part of the Palace of Whitehall, a vast royal complex that was burnt to the ground in 1698.

Before you enter, pause outside the front of the building on the pavement. This is the spot where Charles I was beheaded on a brutally cold day in 1649, after being convicted of high treason. Head inside to learn more about Charles I and to explore the interior. Architect Inigo Jones designed the Italianate Renaissance-style building and took inspiration for the design from a recent trip to Italy, .

Wander through the impressive banqueting hall, which would have been used as a venue for entertainment. Look out for a bronze bust of James I, which sits above the door in the banqueting hall. The bust was designed by Hubert Le Sueur, who also made the equestrian statue of Charles I in Charing Cross, near Trafalgar Square.

Take some time to soak up Rubens' impressive canvases — exuberant masterpieces that adorn the ceiling of Banqueting House. Commissioned by Charles I, the paintings glorify his father, King James I.

Spend as long as you want in the palace. Once you leave, make your own way back to your accommodation or continue sightseeing.

Inclusions for Banqueting House Entrance Ticket In London

  • Entrance ticket to Banqueting House
  • Royal palaces pass including entrance to the Tower of London, Kensington Palace and Hampton Court Palace (if option selected)

Exclusions for Banqueting House Entrance Ticket In London

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Please note: Once the lead passenger name has been added this cannot be changed. Please bring a form of identification that matches the Lead Traveller name on your ticket, with you on the day of your visit, as this may be checked before entry is allowed

Please note: The banqueting House is mostly open all day but on odd occasions it may close slightly earlier for evening event. Customers are to check opening times if they are visiting after 1pm

Cancellation Policy
All sales related to this product are final and non-refundable. In case you wish to cancel the reservation you will be charged 100% cancellation fees.
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  • Beautiful sight,when you have time left,go and see it!

  • Fascinating history but make sure you get the audio guide. Bean bags on the floor let you relax and enjoy the beautiful art on the ceilings while listening to the narrator on the guide. Allow 1 hour. Enjoy!

  • Great and historical last remaining portion of Whitehall Palace. Audio Tour also helped in the understanding of the downfall of King Charles I. This knowledge helps in the understanding as you go through the other varied London Palaces an Castles. Go here early in your stay.

  • Brilliant experience- being there gives you a sense of history and occasion when the Hall was and is still used today for Royal and other events. I arranged our tickets for this on line and it was well worth the ticket price and experience. We found the initial introductory video very informative and a historical taster for what followed. The front reception and the shop gentlemen were welcoming and helpful with our questions. The tour of the main hall was made so brilliant because you are supplied with a hand held telephone like gadget with button press commentary sections which take you at your own pace through the history and explain what you are about to see and look closer at in stages. The centrally placed room mirrors allow you to see and photograph the ceiling paintings in more detail. But the addition of floor beanbags are just fab to relax and listen to the commentary and view and/or photograph the ceiling paintings.The ceiling of the Banqueting House is the only surviving painting still in it's original place by Rubens. One of Ruben's most famous its depicting 3 main themes of scenery. It was commissioned by King Charles Ist and was probably his last sights before he was beheaded on a scaffold outside the building in 1649.The canvasses were painted earlier by Rubens and installed in the hall in 1636. The three main canvasses depict The Union of the Crowns, The Apotheosis of James I and The Peaceful Reign of James I.Altogether a very informative visit and a real historical treat and one highlight from our London tours.

  • Beautiful!

  • What a gem Banqueting House is. The ceiling is covered in paintings by Rubens. There are bean bags scattered around the hall so the visitor can look at the ceiling while listening to the audio accompaniment. Well worth a visit.

  • The Banqueting hall is beautiful but they did not have us on their lists and knew nothing about the pass for other sights. Thankfully we had our printout and were able to get in to the hall and Hampton Court without having to pay again.

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