Overview

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  • Rates valid until March 31, 2019

  • Rates valid for minimum 02 passengers travelling together

2 Hours 16 Oct, 17 Oct, 18 Oct, and more United Kingdom
Inclusions/Exclusions
What we'll give. What we won't

What is included in the tour

  • Banqueting House Entrance Ticket
  • All Taxes included (what you see is the final price per person)

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Pick up and drop off service from Hotel 
  • Meals other than those specified in inclusions
  • Drinks other than those specified in inclusions
  • Tips (not mandatory)
Highlights
What makes this tour special

Immerse yourself in the history of the British Royal Family at Banqueting House, the only section of the Palace of Whitehall still standing following a savage fire in the 17th century. See where Charles I was beheaded after being convicted of high treason, admire impressive artworks by Rubens, and learn more about the construction of the opulent building and the parties that once took place there.

  • Admission to Banqueting House, the only remaining building from the old Palace of Whitehall 
  • See the site where Charles I was beheaded after the English Civil War
  • Visit the banqueting hall, which hosted royal entertainment
  • Admire the ceiling paintings by Flemish master Sir Peter Paul Rubens
  • Learn about the history of the British monarchy and the Palace of Whitehall

 

The Banqueting House is 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 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.

 

Timings:

Monday - Saturday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm (last entry is 45 minutes before closing time)

 

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Location
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Banqueting House, London, United Kingdom View on Map