Big Ben
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
Better known as Big Ben (it's actually the name of the Great Bell!), this iconic clock tower which stands at the Houses of Parliament is officially called the Elizabeth Tower, named in honor of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee. When the Elizabeth Tower is open for tours, you can climb up the tower and admire the clock and bell up close—though slots are limited to U.K. residents and require reservations in advance. But fret not, you can still learn about its history and admire its ornate golden facade on a tour of London or the Houses of Parliament. – Tripadvisor
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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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  • BRLAAdventurer
    186 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Big Ben Back in Action!
    Cleaned and renovated and majestic as ever. Have seen Big Ben years ago with and without scaffolding for the repairs. Now that it is complete, they did a good job and well worth visiting London to see.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 24, 2023
  • Grover R
    Pensacola, Florida18,095 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Most Notable Landmark in London
    Probably the symbol for London, it wraps so many things about England and London in to one identifiable piece of architecture. Big Ben is the clock in the clock tower of the Palace of Westminster, better known as the Houses of Parliament. However, the entire clock tower has taken on the name and identity for London. More than the Tower of London or Buckingham Palace, Big Ben is the symbol people most think of when you mention London. It is a MUST SEE on any visit and can be seen from so many places. However, my favorite may have been the London Eye.
    Visited December 2022
    Written May 27, 2023
  • pfefmeister
    San Francisco, California3,044 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sounds Great
    We were surprised by the timbre of the clock when we walked by on our way to the Parliment. Sounds like all is well in Big Ben land. Tickets to the Parliment are hard to come by - when we looked they were 3 weeks out. Still, enough to walk by and admire while waiting again for that glorious sound.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 18, 2023
  • WaJello
    1,307 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Self-Guided Walking Tour
    After going to Churchills war room we decided to walk around the area and see what we could find. We found Westminster abbey which is right next door to the House of Parliament which is part of Big Ben. It was a pretty site to see but we had no desire to dig any deeper based on the “pricey” comments of readers.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 10, 2023
  • Andreas B
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    For everybody😎
    This place is so beatiful for everybody because it is a typical attraction of london, it is a must see! This place is so beatiful for the color, it’s like the Sun, and the clock is amazing to the eyes. If you go, the place is near the river and the city center of London. So it’s easy to find.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 26, 2023
  • Marco P
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    love at first glance
    the view was spectacular, the "Big Ben" was the FIRST build that I immediately fell in love with. At night it is unique, this building is fantastic and the people nearby give to the place a touch of class. It was fascinating, It’s definitely worth a visit! 100% recommended!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 26, 2023
  • Simão Gomes
    10 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    BIG BEN
    Going to London has an obligatory stop. The iconic symbol of London has to be seen in first person. One of the most beautiful monuments that can be seen. It's a shame having a lot of people taking pictures and street vendors, but it's worth it
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 18, 2023
  • Cat H
    Indianapolis, Indiana5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An Engaging Visual and Auditory Experience
    We held out until opening day to get tickets to see The Elizabeth Tower, better known as Big Ben, after years of renovation. What an amazing tour! David, our guide, led us up the 334 steps to the top, with stops along the way to discuss the history and facts of the famous clock. He was extremely knowledgeable, and we thoroughly enjoyed seeing the clock and bells in motion. What a great experience…one that we’ll recommend to anyone and everyone.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 22, 2023
  • RAA
    Mumbai, India54 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    BIG BEN … big view !
    One of the most visited site in London and quite a view and beautiful location and nearby places near BIg Ben! Great view and great experience as place is surrounded by visitors who enjoy the picturesque surroundings!!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 26, 2023
  • InternationalDiva4.0
    Mangaf, Kuwait62 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Heartbeat of London
    Big Ben was nothing short of breathtaking. Towering over the heart of the city, it's a magnificent blend of history, art, and architecture that captivates instantly. Every chime seemed to tell tales of old, echoing the city's rich tapestry of stories. It's more than just a clock tower—it's an icon, a living testament to London's grandeur. Standing there, amidst the hustle and bustle of the city, gazing up at Big Ben illuminated against the backdrop of the London sky, was a moment of pure awe. It's a sight that pictures can't do justice to; you have to be there to feel its magic. A visit to London is incomplete without basking in the glow of Big Ben!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 4, 2023
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Johnny
Nottinghamshire, UK151 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
To tour this iconic London and UNESCO world heritage site you have to prebook tickets that are released about a month before.

You do have to go through airport style security check and the tours leave on time. So give yourself plenty of time getting there.

There are toilet facilities and a place to get a drink before the tour starts and also time to enjoy Westminster Hall which is the oldest building on the site and the witness to a lot of important moments in history.

No cameras, phones or recording equipment is allowed and lockers are provided at the start of the tour.

A reasonable amount of physical fitness is needed as there are a lot of stairs but its taken at a steady pace and they do have a few points on the way up where you stop and the guide gives a talk and on my tour there was a broad mix of ages and no one seemed to struggle.

You get to see so much on this tour the mechanism, the actual big ben bell (which you get to see strike the hour) and for me the highlight when you walk behind the clock faces.

Our guide Melissa was fantastic she kept the tour on schedule without making anyone feel rushed and her interesting presenting style got the information across in a clear way.

At the end you can swop your lanyard for one which enables you to go and see the public gallery in the house of commons which is a unique experience in itself.
Written March 13, 2024
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Gaurav C
New Delhi, India3,090 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019
This London Iconic Clock Tower has been a part of many poems..Stands tall in the House of the Parliament...One of the better ways to photograph is from the Westminster Bridge .. It is undergoing renovation right now...It also looks nice when it is lit up at night
Written February 6, 2020
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therichastill
Stevenage, UK2,762 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
It will be some time before you get to hear Big Ben chime again however it is still impressive.

The tower is part of the Houses of Parliament and can be reached easily by the Tube on the Circle, District or Jubilee lines. There are also boats from the wharf as well. It is a major tourist attraction so it is always very busy.

At the moment it is being renovated so it totally covered with scaffolding and not alot to see. If you can, come back in a couple of years to see it in it's full glory!
Written February 9, 2020
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Sahloff79
Peterborough, UK494 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Big Ben Tour Dec 2023. Was able to book tickets to climb up the iconic Elizabeth Tower.

Currently they are only available for UK residents and are on sale every second Wednesday at 10am. They sell out quicker than the old bell chimes!

What an incredible tour. We climbed the 334 steps up to the belfry, saw Big Ben II bell struck 12 times at noon, saw the clock mechanism before walking behind all 4 clock faces.

As a proud Brit - this is much more than a clock - it’s a national symbol that has been the background for so many historical events and the traditional New Year celebrations. It was an absolute privilege to be there and surprisingly emotional.

The tour is fully guided with lots of stops, where you are provided with pertinent information.

The only criticism/frustration was the fact that no photos are allowed. They were very strict on this and cameras/phones had to be put in a locker. It would’ve been fantastic to capture a magical tour. Not sure what the reason for this is - security or timing? Bought a guide book in the Westminster shop though.
Written December 22, 2023
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beachgirl56065
Keller, TX18 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
The only part of Big Ben you can really see is the clock face as the rest is covered with wood and scaffolding at moment. It was disappointing. My understanding from the driver is that they only recently uncovered the face. The impression I got was that they have been working on it for quite some time.
Written January 4, 2020
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fachufaheem
164 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Friends
The Elizabeth Tower, known informally as Big Ben (the nickname for the Great Bell), is a must see site in London. It is an extremely beautiful example of Gothic revival architecture and is, without question, the grandest clock tower on this planet. I would also highly recommend booking tickets for a guided tour of the Houses of Parliament too.-
Written March 16, 2020
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Chattykatie1992
Brooklyn, NY27 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
Unfortunately it was covered in scaffolding. Like NY, the iconic picture you hope to get is obstructed by construction. Of course it remains one of the top ten to see. The refurbishing will take two years and it’s worth it to maintain an icon so important . We’ll have to go back!
Written January 1, 2020
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Victoria P
Chislehurst, UK21 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Solo
It’s big but that’s about it. Massive hands.
I wonder if they’ll will add a digital face? Maybe they need to jazz it up a big with different sounds on the hour. I’m thinking different bird noises from across the globe and you can guess what they are.
Written October 31, 2020
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IanBH707
Guildford, UK16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
My wife and I went on the Big Ben Tour this week. To book tickets you need to go onto their web site. They release tickets at 10am on the second Wednesday of each month. They make it very clear to need to be reasonably fit. To the top of the tower is 330 steps, although it is taken in a couple of stages. Guide was very good. We went on the 16.00 tour so were in the room with all the clock mechanism at 16.40 in time to see and hear the 16.45 chimes. We then went up to the clock tower. You stand within a couple of meters of Big Ben. They give you ear protectors. We saw it chime at 17.00. Coming down you go behind the clock faces. If you have seen the 39 steps you will know what I am talking about. And then back down. In total an hour and a half. Fantastic. If you wish you can then change your visitor pass for one that allows you into the public viewing areas of commons / Lords
Written March 12, 2024
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Janka K
Brno, Czech Republic6,372 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
One of the icons of London that you just can't miss. You can see it from multiple places, as it stands out quite a lot above other buildings in the area.
Passing cars directly in from of the tower will prevent you to take a nice picture right away. Just count with a fact that it might take some time for you before all the cars and tourists in your way disappear from the view so you take your perfect picture.
Written December 2, 2022
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