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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
+44 20 7219 3000
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I definitely enjoy the visit. Big Ben is a place we all should visit . Just in the heart of London. It can’t be missed we can pass by walking or driving by Some times I just love passing by bus 🚌😉

Thank Clau B
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I'm not going to low score this even though it is surrounded by scaffolding. I have visited it plenty of times to know it is truly a beautiful building. If you are going to be disappointed by it being hidden by scaffolding, then don't visit...More

Thank Lane-English
Reviewed yesterday

Nothing to see. Totally covered up and see nothing at all. Hopefully it will be ready when I go next time.

Thank laksa88
Reviewed yesterday

You can't see the Clock tower at the moment as its coved with scaffolding with will be there for at lest 4 years so I'm told You need to book for a tour soon as the whole of the parliament building will be close soon...More

Thank Howard L
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Unfortunately, there were scaffolding all around it so we were unable to see it. Check the Internet for when this is going to be completed before planning a visit.

Thank jojorina
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

If you are looking for a classic picture with Big Ben in the background, you will be disappointed. Scaffolding covers the entire tower and much of the house of parliament.

Thank Marco W
Reviewed 2 days ago

Be warned you can see one clock face and the rest is being restored for the next 3-4 years, no bell ringing too.

Thank Chris D
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Nothing to see. Big Ben is under repair. Easy to miss since its almost covered up. Photo will prove it

Thank Shashanka I
Reviewed 3 days ago

Great piece of history, unfortunately it was scaffolded up but it did chime for the new year! Hopefully the refurbishment shouldn't take too long.

1  Thank Sarah R
Reviewed 3 days ago

When you think London, you typically tend to think of Big Ben. Fortunately, our hotel was south of the river, so we crossed Westminster Bridge every day to get into the City. It is quite an awe-inspiring sight to see as you turn the corner...More

Thank Emsalee12
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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18 December 2017|
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Response from ahmed t | Reviewed this property |
No , sorry
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.
Thomas G
6 October 2017|
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Response from Mark O | Reviewed this property |
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