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Banqueting House

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Address: Whitehall Palace | Horse Guards Avenue, London SW1A 2ER , England
Phone Number: +44 (0)844 482 7777
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Description: This revolutionary building, the first in England to be designed in a...
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.
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Good video followed by an visit to the banqueting hall. Audio guide include. If you go to a few of the historic royal palace properties check out the annual card, it includes... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 15, 2015
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Chichester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Good video followed by an visit to the banqueting hall. Audio guide include. If you go to a few of the historic royal palace properties check out the annual card, it includes the Tower of London.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

This is the last surviving part of the original Palace of Whitehall. It is where King Charles was executed, on a scaffold erected beside it. He stepped from the banqueting room in which he had spent so much of his time in happier days, to his death. You can see that room and it's nine magnificent Rubens frescos. And that's... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Nice museum to see, not expensive, not overwhelming either. Have been to London numerous times but this was our first visit.

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Bruges, Belgium
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

... But really, that's about it. Just one big room. Women in their 50s and 60s lying on beanbags listing to audio guides. No banqueting going on. Not even a nibble or a wee snifter. Waste of 6 quid really.

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Oslo, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

it says banqueting HOUSE, we definitely expected more than just one room. yes its a very big room and very beautiful so it is worth seeing it but it is just one room where you sit and listen to 16 small audio tracks. I am glad it was just something to fill in the time and wasting something we went... More 

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Eastcote, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Recently went to Banqueting House with my son. Have walked past it many times and never managed to visit so thought it was about time .Also as my son is learning about the Civil War and this is the site of Charles 1 execution thought it would be a good idea. The audio guide , which is offered to everyone... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

There was really not a lot to see in this place as it really consists of just one large room. The ceiling is the main attraction, painted by Rubens. The audio guide was quite tedious as it goes on forever while you are in this one room. The history of king Charles I and king Henry VIII revolves around the... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

The most stunning building in Whitehall. Steps up suit ball gowns, the middle window witnessed regicide and the whole place is wonderful

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Lechlade, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

What a wonderful facility, dining under a roof painted by Rubens and surrounded by so much English history. Everything during our evening in this magnificent building was enchanting, from the delicious food to the entertainment, an experience to remember.

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Wickford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

As members of the Historic Royal Palaces, our visit was free - so excellent value. We collected our free audio guide at the entrance and went upstairs to admire the Rubens ceiling. The audio guide gave a huge amount of information about the art work and the political history of the Banqueting House. Plenty of seats, plus lots of huge... More 

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