Big Ben

Big Ben, London: Hours, Address, Big Ben Reviews: 4.5/5

Points of Interest & Landmarks
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
About
This place is 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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The area
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Neighborhood: Westminster
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 highlights of the area too. St James's Park (arguably London's loveliest), the expansive Green Park, and pedestrian friendly tree lined paths along the river showcase the exquisite manicure provided by English gardeners. Just beyond the landmarks and the gorgeous outdoor spaces, quiet residential squares and age old local pubs offer a more subdued take on this global seat of power in the heart of London.
How to get there
  • Embankment • 10 min walk
  • Waterloo • 10 min walk
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Mister M
London, UK17 contributions
One of my favourite buildings in London
Nov 2021
Magnificent architecture I have to say. Beautiful clockworks inside too. I would definitely visit inside the houses or parliament if you have the chance to sit in.
Written November 18, 2021
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NotJeffery1991
Portsmouth, UK18 contributions
Its Big Ben but having a makover
Oct 2021
Big Ben is stunning especially a night its shame its getting work done on it atm so you cant enjoy the building as much as you could but when there has finished i recommend everyone to come to see it
Written November 14, 2021
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FLnurseER
Boca Raton, FL2,529 contributions
Renovations continue, tower is closed
Oct 2021 • Couples
For those who want to visit Big Ben, it’s going to be a while before the tower is open. The entire structure is covered by scaffolding and the only piece exposed and visible to the public is the clock face looking at the Westminster Bridge. At the present, that’s the best side to take pictures from. The view from the London Eye is not bad, but it depends on the time of day you go. We went before noon and had the sun in our eyes, not great for photos either.
Written October 25, 2021
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Mailé swerts
Tessenderlo, Belgium2 contributions
Big Ben
Aug 2021
It's the most impressive building of London. I was amazed with the design! You can see the historical clock tower from all around. An absolute must see!
Written October 14, 2021
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The Marrs
United Kingdom613 contributions
You haven't really visited London as a tourist if you haven't seen big Ben
Aug 2021 • Family
Even though the main structure is covered in scaffolding, you still have to see it.

It was the most wanted to see on the list when we told the boys we were taking them to London. They couldn't wait to see it.

Best views were from the London eye and from beneath it looking up
Written September 30, 2021
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MrBabaBruh
World5 contributions
BIG BEN
Jun 2021
its such an iconic building and if you are going to london for the first time you must watch it when the clock chimes but its one of englands most recognisable landmarks
Written September 2, 2021
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daniel
Amsterdam, The Netherlands46 contributions
Beautiful!
Aug 2021 • Family
The Big Ben hadn't disappointed me, it is very beautiful, especially at night! I would recommend to stay around the area for 20 minutes, great for everyone, kids and adults.
Written August 21, 2021
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StephenCross
Dublin, Ireland15,978 contributions
Still under scaffolding
Aug 2021 • Solo
Not sure how long the work has been going on Big Ben but it does not do it justice right now. Hope to see it unveiled in full soon.
Written August 12, 2021
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Nirmal K
Dorchester, UK4 contributions
Heart of London
May 2021
This place does not need any introduction...it's a cool place and if you are in London then it's a must visit for any tourist... though there is some king of renovation is going on, it’s all covered in scaffolding....But I had visited this place few years back also and it was an amazing experience, especially at night... You can say this place Heart of London..
Written June 21, 2021
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Ann J
6 contributions
Great tower
Jul 2020 • Friends
Great tower, fabulous day in London. Never is too late to visit this great city. I recommend it highly.
Written June 8, 2021
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Big Ben is open:
  • Mon - Mon 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
  • Tue - Sun 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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