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Big Ben

| Elizabeth Tower - Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London SW1A 0AA, England
+44 20 7219 3000
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Elizabeth Tower is the name of the famous clock tower which stands at the Houses of Parliament. The name Big Ben is often used to describe the tower, the clock and the bell but the name was first given to the Great Bell. The Elizabeth Tower was completed in 1859 and the Great Clock started on 31 May. The Great Bell's strikes were heard for the first time on 11 July and the quarter bells first chimed on 7 September. All visits to Big Ben and the Elizabeth Tower tours are now suspended due to refurbishment with the last tour having taken place on 16 December 2016. Tours are scheduled to resume in early 2020 once the work is complete. Visitors can still book tickets for a number of other tours at the Houses of Parliament which take place on Saturdays throughout the year and on weekdays during Parliamentary recesses.
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| Elizabeth Tower - Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London SW1A 0AA, England
+44 20 7219 3000
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Reviewed yesterday

Big clock on Parliament near Thames. Can see it from afar. Nice it is clean. Heard the bells ring at quarter and hour time.

Thank Anise2014
Reviewed yesterday

It is amazing to stand and look at this wonderful landmark of London city. It watches over the Thames and surrounding area.

Thank eliza836
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament were being cleaned, so the full effect was somewhat diminished. Nonetheless, Big Band rang loudly and on time, and was a beautiful reminder of how outstanding London is.

Thank Kathryn A
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I walked to big ben from the victoria station (strolled through buckhingam palace on the way). Walk around and see the place from.all angles and therafter ypu can walk till trafalgar square and meanwhile have some food and shop.

Thank meenakshi_agg
Reviewed yesterday

Beautiful area - had a great time just walking around and we visited Westminster Abbey. Great hearing Big Ben toll

Thank Deborah E
Reviewed yesterday

A great area to just walk around and admire the entire area of Westminster. Iconic buildings, the Thames, the bridges across, the Cathedrals and the wonderful green spaces. To add to the charm was the press area especially set-up to cover the elections. a great...More

Thank ankush777
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is simply a must see, no doubt about it. It's the icon of the city and looks cooler in person than it doesn't on TV. Check it out!

Thank Dana S
Reviewed yesterday

Fun to walk out of the TUBE station and be standing right by the attraction. Beautiful structure. Kids loved seeing. Loved it at nights with the lights

Thank ErinLeN
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The biggest clock in London. You can get off the tube by embankment,parliament or south walked. Still lots of people going around. It's face to face with London eye on the other side by south walked. Even with previous incidents still attracts tourist from various...More

Thank Wild T
Reviewed 2 days ago

Somewhat overrated but something you should see at least once. I would recommend the view from across the bride or on the London eye

Thank beccawatson06
If you only had an afternoon to experience London on a
grand scale, Westminster would be a wise place to
start. The ornate Houses of Parliament and Westminster
Abbey sit adjacent at a corner of Parliament Square,
and a short stroll along The Mall leads to Buckingham
Palace. Trafalgar Square and Nelson's Column are just
up the road as well. As captivating as the
architecture is, the wonders of Mother Nature are
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How does it look now given the renovation? Any scaffolding yet? Thank you!
24 April 2017|
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Response from Ian L | Property representative |
Thank you for your question. Preparation work is now underway. The scaffolding will start going up fairly soon.
Which is the best time to visit big ben, day or night ?
4 March 2017|
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Response from Craig H | Reviewed this property |
you can see clearly on a good day the whole building and houses of parliament with detailed architecture. day time best. but night time different and as good.
Kristy C
Thanks for all the wonderful answers. We have narrowed our potential dates to May/June of either 2018 or 2019. I expect that even with renovations going on, Big Ben will still be a popular tourist attraction, how much time should we dedicate to seeing this beautiful landmark?
14 February 2017|
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Response from Ian L | Property representative |
If you decide to take a tour inside the Houses of Parliament, these take between 60 and 90 minutes. You should also allow about 15 minutes to enter the building. If you come in to watch a debate, you can stay as long as the... More