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“Covered in scaffolding but still worth seeing.”
Review of Big Ben

Big Ben
Ranked #22 of 1,909 things to do in London
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Temporarily Closed 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.
Reviewed 6 April 2018

It is iconic and you can still see the clockface but the rest is completely covered during the refurbishment so can’t see the shape of the tower. Buzzing busy atmosphere so worth going if in the area. We were told it will be undergoing repairs for another 4 years.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 6 April 2018

As a resident and worker within London, it saddens me to see so many low-scoring reviews for this iconic landmark just because it is under renovation. It is a Grade I listed building, in a high-risk location, and maintenance works are essential to ensure it can be enjoyed by many generations to come. I know it must be disappointing not to see it in all its glory, particularly as it is so synonymous with the image of London, but I only wish that visitors would do their research before coming to London, rather than visiting and giving it a low score :-(

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 6 April 2018

One of the very few letdowns we had in our trip. This monument was covered for renovation. Maybe next time.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Liz D, Marketing and Information Assistant at Big Ben, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2018

How sad to hear that this was such a letdown. Please understand that the restoration works are long overdue and completely necessary. As you say, maybe on your next visit to London, the clock and the Tower will be back working and even better than before!

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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Big Ben is part of the Houses of Parliament. The clock and its booming bell is obviously a massively famous icon of London

Unfortunately it is currently undergoing massive restoration and is covered in scafolding and sheeting so its completely hidden from view

Suggest you check the web site before you make the journey or you’re going to be disappointed.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

We were excited to see this landmark only to discover it is almost completely covered up bring restored. It should look great when done in a couple years.

Date of experience: April 2018
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