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Guided Tours

Explore Banqueting House on a guided tour.

Banqueting House is the sole survivor of the lost royal Palace of Whitehall, once the home of the archbishops of York and, later, Henry VIII. Designed by Baroque architect Inigo Jones, the building also houses Rubens' magnificent ceiling and was the site of Charles I’s execution.

Discover four centuries of art, architecture and history in one building.

Banqueting House Guided Tours


Christmas Tour

On 18 and 19 December 2023, learn about the Stuart Christmas celebrations that took place under the Rubens ceiling.


Banqueting House History Tour

On 07 January, explore the incredible history of the Rubens ceiling, Whitehall Palace and Charles I's execution.

Charles I Execution Tour

On 28 January, stand where history happened and explore the site of Charles I’s execution on a cold January day in 1649 and learn how and why such a significant event took place.

Valentines Tour

On 11 February, explore the stories of James I and his favourites and the exploits of those who lived at Whitehall Palace.


December 2023 - February 2024

Tours take place 10.00, 12.00 and 14.00

Ticketing information

Members benefit from subsidised tickets - £10

Separate ticket (advance booking required)

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  • Things to see

Rubens ceiling

Marvel at Sir Peter Paul Rubens' ceiling in its original setting of Inigo Jones' spectacular Banqueting House.

  • Open for guided tours on specific dates
  • Banqueting House
  • Included in palace admission (members go free)
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  • Things to see

Inigo Jones' architecture

Find out what remains of Whitehall – known as one of the first examples of Palladianism in British architecture.

  • Open for guided tours on specific dates
  • Banqueting House
  • Included in palace admission (members go free)
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  • For members
  • Events

Members-Only Day at Banqueting House

Explore the Banqueting House, Whitehall at your leisure on this exclusive members-only day.

  • 20 January 2024
  • 10.00 - 16.00 (last entry at 15.30)
  • Banqueting House
  • Free
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The execution of Charles I

Tried and sentenced to death for high treason

The story of Banqueting House

Four hundred years of history and the site of a royal execution

The masque

A fabulously extravagant early 17th century court entertainment

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Here you will find a fantastic selection of commemorative coins, historical replica coins and coin inspired jewellery and accessories.

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