1. United Kingdom
  2. South East England
  3. London
  4. Banqueting House

London: Banqueting House Entrance Ticket

Product ID: 149699
Visit the Banqueting House with this admission ticket and discover the dramatic story of this revolutionary building. See the unique ceiling paintings of Rubens.
About this activity
Valid 1 day
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Audio guide/headphones
Spanish, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian
Wheelchair accessible
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Discover real life drama of Charles I
  • Marvel at the spectacular paintings while listening to an audio guide
  • Experience royal drama and splendor
  • Learn about the Banqueting House with an included history talk
Full description
Visit this revolutionary building, completed in 1622 it was the first in England to be designed in a Palladian style.  The house was intended for the splendor and exuberance of court masques.

The Banqueting House is probably most famous for one real life drama, the execution of Charles I which took place in 1649.  One of Charles’s last sights as he walked through the Banqueting House to his death was the magnificent ceiling paintings by Peter Paul Rubens painted between 1630 - 4. These nine ceiling paintings are unique and unlike most Ruben paintings are in their original location and not in art galleries around the world. 

Enjoy a hidden history talk, with a range of short talks daily at 11:30 AM with the palace experts. 

Includes
  • Admission to the Banqueting House
  • Audio guide
  • History talk

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Meeting point

Palace of Whitehall Whitehall London SW1A 2ER

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Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 12 reviews

Review summary

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    4.9 / 5
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    4.8 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.4 / 5
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Interesting history presented in visual way. Rubens ceiling was amazing. Comfortable bean bags to look at ceiling and listen to informative audio guide.

February 19, 2020

Tickets booked for 24th. Venue was CLOSED.

December 26, 2019

Excellent bit of history

Excellent

September 1, 2019

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Historic Royal Palaces

Product ID: 149699