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Final Open Day

Visit Banqueting House for our Final Open Day on Sunday 19 May before the palace closes for essential conservation and maintenance work. The palace 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 the magnificent Ruben’s ceiling and was the execution site of Charles I.

Experience the final time Banqueting House opens to the public and discover four centuries of art, architecture and history in one building. Explore The Undercroft, used by James I, and the admire the incredible works of Art and Sculpture around the palace.


Sunday 19 May

10:00 - 16:00. Last admission 15:30.

Ticketing information

General admission £5, members go free.

Pre-booking is essential for both members and non-members. Members will be required to present a valid membership card upon entry.

Separate ticket (advance booking required)

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  • Events

Guided Tours

Discover the historic Banqueting House on a guided tour.

  • 05 May 2024 (sold out)
  • Tours take place 10.00, 12.00 and 14.00
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  • Separate ticket (advance booking required)
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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
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  • Included in palace admission (members go free)
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Banqueting Hall

Experience James I's breathtaking Banqueting Hall, created in 1622 as a venue for extravagant Jacobean entertainments.

  • Open for guided tours on specific dates
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  • Included in palace admission (members go free)
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The Rubens ceiling

The crowning glory of the Banqueting House

The story of Banqueting House

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

James I and Anne of Denmark

Generous, scholarly James and his cultured wife

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