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Banqueting House

Whitehall Palace | Horse Guards Avenue, London SW1A 2ER , England (Charing Cross / Trafalgar Square)
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Art Museums
Owner description: This revolutionary building, the first in England to be designed in a Palladian style by Inigo Jones, was finished in 1622 for James I. Intended for... more » Owner description: This revolutionary building, the first in England to be designed in a Palladian style by Inigo Jones, was finished in 1622 for James I. Intended for the splendour and exuberance of court masques, the Banqueting House is probably most famous for one real life drama: the execution of Charles I which took place here in 1649 to the ‘dismal, universal groan’ of the crowd. One of Charles’ last sights, as he walked through the Banqueting House to his death, was the magnificent ceiling, painted by Peter Paul Rubens in 1630-4. Banqueting House is the last and only surviving part of Whitehall Palace, once the largest palace in Europe, destroyed by fire in 1698. « less
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Athens, Greece
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

But while the ceiling is indeed awe-inspiring, beware; the place is just this one room, sans-furniture. There is, of course, a small video they have for you to see as you first go inside which informs you about the place and it's very interesting indeed, but other than that, it's straight to this huge room with the gorgeously painted ceiling.... More

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

It was interesting to see the Banqueting House, where King Charles I was brought through en route to his execution just outside. The artwork on the ceiling is impressive and the throne is great. You really can imagine the monarchs sitting on it. The audio tour was good to give you some background information, however I must say we got... More

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

The Banqueting House is located on White Hall, and is a Royal Palace. The attraction is the painting on the ceiling - masterpieces. I recommend getting the audio guide, and then relaxing on a beanbag gazing at the ceiling, and listen to the excellent commentary tell the history,

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Canberra
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

the history and the ceilings are fabulous - there isnt much else to see at this attraction however, the staff were very friendly and advised that they are looking at doing some refurbishing in the next few years - if you enyoy beautiful artwork on the ceilings then you will enjoy your visit

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

The price was good,audio guide very informative,and lying back in the bean bags,looking up at the painted ceilings was a smashing way to rest and learn.The cafe in the cellars was cool and had some very interesting cakes etc. Good coffee.

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Newcastle, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

This is not busy as I thought it would be.... the place of execution of King Charles I... The inside could have had more exhibits but the painting on the ceiling is beautiful and amazing

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Cheshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I had planned the day around places to visit, with the London Pass, in the Whitehall area and am so glad we found time to visit here if only to see the glorious ceiling. I learned that Charles 1st was executed outside the front entrance. There is a lovely coffee shop as soon as you walk in-the Undercroft- and I... More

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North Yorks
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

We found this by accident as I had heard of it but didn't know where it was located. On a busy, hot August day this was a quiet revelation. The cafe was a delight and once I'd dragged my son (12) and husband upstairs they were hooked. My son lay down on a bean bag and got really involved in... More

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I highly recommend a visit to the exquisite Banqueting House. Tucked neatly away in Whitehall is a perfect gem. Part of the Historic Royal Palaces but not as widely known this was a wonderful visit. Just over a fiver to get in and you are in a room of such wonder and awe. The admission price alone is worth it... More

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Brantford, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

As a history buff, I've always been upset that I could never see Whitehall Palace in its full grandeur, so I walked in with a heavy heart expecting to be disappointed at the only remaining section. I wasn't. It's amazing how much history can be packed in one room! Both the undercroft and main hall are calm respites from busy... More

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