This revolutionary building was created for court entertainments, so imagine yourself as part of the dazzling company of courtiers who attended the exuberant court masques and danced and drank beneath the magnificent Rubens-painted ceiling. But spare a thought for Charles I, who in 1649 was beheaded outside on a scaffold to the ‘dismal, universal ‘groan’ of the crowd’: these glorious paintings were one of his last sights on earth….
Ruben’s Ceiling Paintings
Marvel at the skill and craftsmanship of the magnificent Ruben’s ceiling paintings, commissioned by Charles I in 1626 to celebrate the glorification of his father James I. These are the only Rubens paintings to remain in their original location and were unveiled at the Banqueting House in 1635.
Charles I’s Execution site
Outside the Banqueting House, on the pavement of Whitehall, is the site of Charles I’s execution on 30 January 1649. Though the wooden staging erected for the execution has long since been dismantled you can imagine the scene on that cold winters day…
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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 to the Group Ticket Office in exchange for Fast Track Entry.
Vouchers valid for 7 days from date stated.
Children under 16 go free.
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