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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 2 days ago via mobile

Unfortunately we were there when they were working on this monument but it stays a beautiful peace of art !

Thank Kellyke1
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Unfortunately it was being maintained and covered!! But it’s ok to walk and explore the whole Westminster touristic area.

Thank ahmed t
Reviewed 2 days ago

Sorry to say, but one of the worlds most prolific icons is under repair and fully enclosed with scaffolding. I know that many people coming to London are really looking forward to this... but it will be disappointing. Don't shoot the messenger, sorry

Thank UKD97
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

So sad when we went to visit London Ole Big Ben was under construction. Do not come if this is the main thing you are wanting to see 😬 but through the scaffolds it looked pretty from what we could tell.

Thank Brandy M
Reviewed 3 days ago

Being one of the most iconic attractions in the world and one of the most photographed places is perfect location surrounded by other amazing attractions, a great backdrop for photographers and selfie lovers, is great in day and night. At the moment is covered by...More

Thank Bobbi B
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

It is wonderful that Big Ben is getting a long awaited and much needed refurbishment. We have seen it many times in the past from both near and far and it’s beautiful from every view. However, I was visiting with some first timers who probably...More

Thank Tracey L
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Unfortunate that it was under renovation however this is just one of the many attractions around it.

Thank Alex G
Reviewed 3 days ago

Of course when you're in London, no matter what area of the city you're in, once you see Big Ben, it will take your breath away. It is the signature of London. With it's grand size and unique style, it showcases the fine architecture of...More

Thank Katmarsh
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

One of the most iconic sights on London. Easy to get to and close to other attractions. Beware of pickpockets, gypsies selling lucky heather and street artists. Expect to see many tourists taking pictures of themselves pretending to touch the top of Big Ben.

Thank nobster666Cardiff
Reviewed 4 days ago

We went during the day and were able to see some, but much of it was covered for updating. Still an incredible sight. Will definitely plan on going back next visit to hopefully see the finished restoration.

Thank tkatl76
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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26 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 |
any pie you like
4 October 2017|
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Response from VikingKrishna | Reviewed this property |
Correct, until 2021 is whats said currently.