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Big Ben

| Elizabeth Tower - Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London SW1A 0AA, England
+44 20 7219 3000
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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.
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| Elizabeth Tower - Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London SW1A 0AA, England
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Reviewed today via mobile

Due to renovations, the Clock Tower generally known as Big Ben is closed. There is scaffolding all around the tower, so can’t even see the tower itself.

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Reviewed today

Don't bother heading to see Big Ben. We went in the rain as I desperately wanted to see it. The whole building was covered in scaffolding and we could not see a thing.

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Reviewed today

Now wrapped in scaffolding, it is payback time for tourists for all the times I've been to your country just to see some wonder of the world wrapped in similar scaffolding. PS You can't go in it, or up it, so don't ask the friendly...More

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Reviewed yesterday

Lovely view. Best seen from the South side of the river, as the the North side is extremely crowded with tourists. This year will be completely encased in scaffolding due to repair work, only clockface is visible and the chimes are restricted too.

Thank curtim
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Reviewed yesterday

The star attraction in London ! Must visit the Parliament House, stroll across the bridge for photograph and to visit London Eye. From here stroll down along the river to Tower of London. Beautiful vista!

Thank John E
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Reviewed yesterday

this was my first stop when i went sightseeing in central London, i was desperately looking for it craning my neck around, then i realized, i was actually staring at it, but alas, it was wrapped in construction scaffoldings at the time. well better luck...More

Thank Joel J
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Why oh why have we decided to cover Big Ben and do work on him during the main tourist season - the 6weeks holiday??? It’s usually 5/5 for beauty, architecture and style, but for now you can’t see it!

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Reviewed yesterday

Loved visiting the sites of London, Big Ben is definately one not to miss on your travels. The Hop on Hop off bus stops right here to make it easier for you to get to

Thank Julia B
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Have seen on tv over the years. Seeing in person is well worth it even though part of it was covered in construction renovations. The main clock face was visible. Big Ben is name of the bell.

Thank Kevin K
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Reviewed yesterday

My grandson wanted to see Big Ben. Unfortunately the entire structure was covered by the construction except for the river side where you could only see the face of the clock. It should be finished in 2020 so we will try to come back

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cherylblanchegomes
29 July 2018|
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Response from Ahmedabdelaal | Reviewed this property |
Hi Cheryl Your journey will start from the airport, First buy oyster card from the machine using cash or CC you will spent at much 12 £ /day nothing more.this could use for all transportation facilities inside London... More
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27 October 2017|
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Response from Tootnflute | Reviewed this property |
They are keeping at least one clock face visible throughout the renovation work, at the moment it’s the south face, the one that looks towards the Victoria Tower at the opposite end of the Houses Of Parliament.
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