- Castles and Palaces
Suitable for ages: Older Children (9-12) and Teenagers (13-18)
Venue type: Indoor
From the feasting hall to a secret drinking den to the execution site, Banqueting House has stood behind centuries of history in the nation's capital, and now you can experience it for yourself.
Gawp at Rubens' painted ceiling, and imagine you're sitting with James I in his secret drinking hole, the Undercroft. After a long day of reigning over the kingdom, he could put his feet up in the beautiful vaulted basement filled with his favourite art and relax with his friends and a pint of his favourite tipple.
If you're a fan of architecture, you'll love what Inigo Jones has done with the place! The famed architect built Banqueting House in the 17th century after the buildings he saw in Italy inspired him to bring a bit of Italian flair to Great Britain.
However, Banqueting House has a solemn side. It was here that Charles I went to his death, wearing two shirts on that cold morning so he would not shiver and be thought afraid. You can visit the site of the scaffold even today.
If you want to get the kids interested in history, this place has it all — merry feasts, secret hideaway of kings, and where one of England's most famous monarchs came to a sticky end.
- Learn lot’s about the history of the building
- Enjoy the buildings beautiful architecture
- Restaurant Onsite
- Snacks Available
- Wheelchair Friendly
- Toilets Available
- Parking Available On-site
- Parking Available Nearby
Getting There and Contact Information
Whitehall, London, Greater London, SW1A 2ER, England
Click here to visit Banqueting House's website
020 3166 6155
Standard Opening Times and Pricing
Opening hours are subject to change. Please call the attraction directly to avoid disappointment.
Food and drink are not currently available at Banqueting House. There are however a wide range of food and drink outlets nearby.
Banqueting House has a gift shop.