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Banqueting House Tickets and Discounts

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This post will tell you about getting tickets and discounts to The Palace of Whitehall, also known as the Banqueting House, all that's left of the Palace of Whitehall.

 

 


TICKETS

This section lists admission ticket prices for the Banqueting House.

However, there’s no need to pay full price - check out our discount section below for ways to get up to 50% off with attraction discount passes.


Prices: 

This gives you access to the Banqueting House as well as an audio guide.

 


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DISCOUNTS

This section will detail the various discounts available, so you don’t have to pay full price for Banqueting House tickets. 


Tourist Attraction Discount Passes

Admission tickets to the Banqueting House are included for free or at a steep discount in multiple attraction discount passes.

These passes can save you up to 50% on visiting many of London’s most popular attractions by bundling multiple tickets into one low price. 

 

 

They can also save you time by allowing you to skip the ticket line at many participating attractions.

Banqueting House is included on these passes: 

Check out our detailed post on tourist attraction passes so you can save the most time and money on your trip to London. 


2 for 1 National Rail Discount 

If you’ve purchased a National Rail ticket at a National Rail station on the day of your sightseeing, it could be eligible to give you a 2 for 1 deal at more than 150 London sites and attractions. 

The Banqueting House is one of the participating locations. Check our full post for 2 for 1 discount details.


Historic Royal Palaces Members

If you love royal history, you might want to get a Historic Royal Palaces membership.

One membership allows you unlimited entry into all the palaces: Hampton Court, Kensington Palace, Hillsborough Castle, Kew Palace, Tower of London, and the Banqueting House.

It pays for itself quite quickly and includes a 10% discount in Palace shops, cafes, and restaurants. 

Prices: 

  • Adult Membership: £53
  • Joint (2 Adults) Membership: £82
  • 1 Adult + 6 Children Family Membership: £76
  • 2 Adults + 6 Children Family Membership: £108

TIP: If you already bought tickets for one of the palaces, you can upgrade to a membership at the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Or Kensington Palace ticket offices. 


3 or 4 Royal Palace Combo Ticket

Get skip-the-line entry to 4 of the Historic Royal Palaces with this combo ticket for £65. You'll have 2 years to visit all the palaces on the ticket after purchase. The palaces included are the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, and Kensington Palace, and the Banqueting House.

Audio guides are included for all of the palaces except the Tower of London.


Senior Discount

Visitors 65 years old and up receive the concession price of £6.


Student and Teen Discount

Full-time students with valid ID and visitors aged 16-18 receive the concession price of £6.


Military Discounts

Unfortunately, we could not find any military discounts for the Banqueting House. 

 


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PLAN YOUR VISIT

This section will help you find the Banqueting House, list the best times to go, and other helpful information.

If you're looking for discounted tickets, look at the above section.


Where is the Banqueting House? 

The Banqueting House is located at Whitehall, Westminster, London SW1A 2ER, UK.

It is between Trafalgar Square and Big Ben, which means it is within walking distance of both. We recommend using this Google map link to get directions from your exact location. 

 

Banqueting House in London Map

 

Underground Stations: 

  • Westminster Station 
  • Embankment Station 
  • Charing Cross Station

If you are new to the London Tube, then read our guide to navigating the London Underground

Nearest Rail Station: 

  • Charing Cross Station

Bus Routes: 

  • There are many nearby bus stops for bus routes 3, 11, 12, 24, 53, 87, 88 and 159.

Hop-On Hop-Off:

Walking Tours:


Hours of Operation

  • They’re open daily from 10:00 am - 17:00 (5:00 pm).

NOTE: They are occasionally closed for events, so make sure to double check the website


Best Times to Visit

The Banqueting House almost doesn’t have a bad time to visit.

However, if you want the banquet hall almost all to yourself, we’d suggest going on a Sunday or Monday morning before 12:00. 


How long should you stay? 

Some visitors claim 30 minutes is all you need to do a walkthrough.

However, if you want to make yourself comfortable on the bean bag chairs and listen to the entire audioguide, we recommend you budget 1.5 hours. 


What to Expect

Banqueting House in London

The Banqueting House has a small gift shop, an entry hall, and the banquet hall itself.

There are bean bag chairs on the floor so that you can sit and comfortably lean back to gaze up at the frescoes on the ceiling for as long as you like. 

An audio guide is included with your entry fee to tell you about the building’s history and the frescoes in detail.

As one of the only surviving sections of Whitehall Palace after a fire in 1698, this is a small glimpse into royal life of the 1600s.

 


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About The Author

Margaret

An American simply by accident of birth, Margaret moved to London over 16 years ago and hasn’t looked back since! With a keen interest in History – and a BA degree to match – Margaret prides herself on her knowledge of the amazing city she calls home and she's been guiding here now for nearly a decade. Social history is her real expertise, with sound understanding of the day-to-day lives of Londoners over the past centuries.
Updated: October 12th, 2021
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