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“Ring to check its open!!”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of Banqueting House

Banqueting House
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Private Tour: Westminster Abbey and Banqueting House Walking Tour in London
Ranked #200 of 1,599 things to do in London
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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.
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“Ring to check its open!!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2011

We are members of the Royal Palaces pass so this was our motivation for going. After checking the opening times and spending the money getting there their was s sign saying it was closed for the day as it was rented out for a function! This was at the end of our trip and we had no time to go back so didn't get in. Their info pamplet should say to ring and check it is open! The pass was worth it but Kensington was under renovation, Kew very dissapointing and this was closed, Hampton court and the Tower of London were great. The pass is marginal for tourists like ourselves even though we had 5 weeks to use it.

Visited July 2011
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“Beautiful Rubens ceiling with great history- a quick visit, too!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2011

My visit began with a great video in the basement area of Banqueting House. The video explained the history of Banqueting House, including the beheading of Charles I. Then, I went upstairs and was able to admire the beautiful Rubens ceiling. There are mirrors on the ground which can be moved around the room and used to admire the detail of the ceiling, without having to keep staring straight up in the air. There are great written descriptions throughout the room and the audioguide is also very good. There is a small giftship and beautiful ladies lounge on the main level. Admission is including with the London Pass, but is only a few pounds fee without the pass.

Visited September 2010
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Tel Aviv
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“Magnificent Rubens paintings!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2011

Wonderful 9 pannels which cover the ceilling of the UK formal reception hall. Just across the horse guard. Go visit. It worth the time and money. A very interesting video introduction to the history of house and the paintings.

Visited February 2011
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Warsaw, Poland
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“Does not take much time but valuable to see”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2010

The Banqueting House is one of the Royal Historic Places in London. It is located on the whitehall street, though it is easy to miss especially that the Horse Guards Parade which takes place nearby is much more popular. The main attraction of the Banqueting House are ceiling paintings of Paul Rubens. Before seeing the main hall you can enjoy a video telling the history of the place and it's most famous owner i.e. King Charles I who spent there the last night before his execution. The entrance is free for London Pass owners and the audio guide is complimentary for all the visitors. It takes around 30 - 45 minutes to listen to the story and enjoy the view of the magnificent painting.

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Lisbon, Portugal
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“Not a must see but …”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2010

This building was an interesting history. It was here that Charles I was executed (the only member of the Britain’s monarchy to be executed), later it was the only part of the palace that survived a fire that destroyed the palace and contains the only Rubens paintings that remains in their original location.
The visit starts with a video about the history of the Banqueting House, then grab the audio guide and the rest is in the main area where you can see the paintings in the ceiling.
5 Pounds was the ticket price with the audio guide included. (I didn’t pay because I had the London Pass but…I think I’ll not waste $ in here)

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