Created for court entertainments, the Banqueting House is a lavish example of the Palladianism style of architecture. Stepping into the building, it’s easy to imagine the court masques that took place almost 400 hundred years in the beautiful reception rooms. Be sure to view the magnificent painted ceilings which were unveiled in 1635. Commissioned by Charles I in 1626 for the glorification of his late father, James I, the ceilings were painted by Rubens and are the only works of his to still be in their original location. The craftsmanship behind the imagery is unrivalled.
Visitors can also view the execution site of Charles I. Executed outside the Banqueting House on 30th January 1649, a scaffold was erected on the pavement of Whitehall, the site of which is marked by a bust of the King. An important moment in history, the site is not to be missed!
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The Main Hall of the Banqueting House is accessible via a lift in an adjoining property. Monday-Friday only-please enquire in advance of the visit to ensure that access can be granted. Registered Disabled Visitors are charged the relevant ticket price and carers are admitted free of charge. Guide Dogs are permitted.
In order to gain entry you must present a printed copy of your voucher.
Agents bringing child students or children to the palaces must provide a ratio of 1 adult for up to maximum 15 child/students children.
If bringing children and students booked through the Learning and Engagement department the ratio must be 1 adult to 60 children or 1 adult to 10 students.
Not meeting the maximum ratio will result in the party not being granted to access on arrival.
Please take your voucher/confirmation to the Group Ticket Window along with photo ID for entrance to Banqueting House.
Vouchers valid for 7 days from date stated.
Children under 16 go free.
Find out more about the venue's location and how to get there.
Walk down Whitehall for about 5 minutes until you reach Banqueting House on your left.