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The Banqueting House and its stories have much to offer, no matter your age or background, whether you’re visiting in person or online.
The stunning Banqueting House, designed by Inigo Jones and contructed between 1619 and 1622 at a cost of £15,648 is the only remaining part of Whitehall Palace, once the official sovereign's residence and Europe's largest palace. The Banqueting House has been the scene of some of the most momentous events in England's history, including the execution of Charles I in 1649. Visitors can marvel at nine Rubens paintings adorning the ceiling, commissioned by Charles I in 1629 to celebrate the glorification of his father James I.
Charles I's execution spot; The Rubens ceiling; The Undercroft; Banqueting House architecture.
Hours of operation
Available Daily from 10:00am to 5:00pm.
Please note: the last ticket is 45 minutes before closing time
Will be closed December 24, 25, 26 (December 31 at 3:00pm), January 1, (January 4 at 3:00pm).
The Banqueting House is on the corner of Horse Guards Avenue and Whitehall – immediately opposite Horse Guards Parade.
With very few exceptions, the Banqueting House is guaranteed to open from 10:00 until 13:00 Monday to Sunday, but we often close at short notice for functions and events, so please check the times before your visit by calling +44 (0)203 166 6154/5.
Guest is responsible for own transportation to and from attractions.
Children 15 and under admitted FREE when accompanied by a paid adult.
**All information requested must be supplied or booking is subject to automatic cancellation**