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Explore the highs of court entertainment or the drama-filled execution of Charles I.

Explore the highs of court entertainment or the drama-filled execution of Charles I.

We offer

  • Immersive learning sessions
  • Programmes designed with teachers
  • Closely aligned with National Curriculum
  • Accredited learning
  • CPD and networking opportunities
  • Free entry for under-16s school groups
Banqueting House West Side of exterior captured in daylight

Plan a school visit

All the planning, practical and booking information you need for your school trip to the Banqueting House.

Secondary school students

School sessions

Our curriculum-based sessions for KS3 are led by expert presenters who bring to life historic characters through costumed interpretation.

Secondary School Object Handling session

Classroom resources

Enhance your students' learning experience with teaching materials and resources.

The Banqueting House is the only remaining complete building of Whitehall Palace, the sovereign's principal residence from 1530 until 1698 when it was destroyed by fire. Designed by Inigo Jones for King James I and completed in 1622, the Banqueting House was originally built for occasions of state, plays and masques. The Banqueting House later became the scene of King Charles I's execution, which took place on 30 January 1649.

CPD and Training

Build your knowledge, skills and confidence with our tailored professional development sessions for teachers and educators available at our palaces.

Teacher Network

We design our schools programmes in collaboration with teachers. There are many opportunities to take part in our Teacher Network. Join Us.

Children over looking the Tower wall


We want children, young people and vulnerable adults to have meaningful, enjoyable and safe experiences when they engage with our palaces and stories.

Safety and Security

As with many public venues Historic Royal Palaces uses a range security measures to help minimise the possibility of terrorist, or other criminal activity taking place, and these measures also include procedures to deal with incidents should they actually happen. 

Security Statement