Historic Royal Palaces is an independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle.
Their aim is to help everyone explore the story of how monarchs and people have shaped society, in some of the greatest palaces ever built.
ENTRANCE FEES TO THE BANQUETING HOUSE
Originally the property of the Archbishops of York. The Banqueting House was used to provide entertainment for Charles I, and was later the scene of his execution.
After the fire that destroyed Whitehall Palace in 1698, it was used as a chapel until 1890. From 1896 until 1962 the Banqueting House was occupied by the Royal United Services Institute and used as a museum.
Included in the admission ticket are these ‘must see’ sights:
The Rubens ceiling:
This masterpiece ceiling painting of Peter Paul Rubens is one of the most famous from a golden age. Enjoy them in their original setting, as kings and courtiers have for hundreds of years.
Banqueting House architecture:
The Banqueting House building is one of the first examples of the principles of Palladianism being applied to an English building, and marks the start of a revolution in British architecture.
The site of Charles I’s scaffold:
Although renowned for its architecture, Banqueting House is probably most famous for a significant event, the execution of King Charles I.
udio guides are available in a range of languages with historical accounts and stories of the Banqueting House’s history (included in admission ticket).
Currently closed until April 2021 due to COVID