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“Undergoing restoration works”
Review of Big Ben

Big Ben
Ranked #21 of 1,872 things to do in London
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Pretty much covered up, as is a large area of the Houses of Parliament. Iconic landmarks that currently hold no value in your picture album.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank JWCRiyadh
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We were not able to see Big Ben but saw plenty of scaffolding. They are doing a major restoration of the London icon. I hope it will be back to it's historic glory soon.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Llouann C
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The Houses of Parliament and the Elizabeth Tower, popularly know as Big Ben are part of the iconic London skyline. Trips around the buildings are available and guided by trained guides.
Unfortunately the Tower and some of the clock faces are under wraps while restoration work is carried out. This will continue till 2020.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Andy B
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I live here and go to this area a lot, if you come "to see Big Ben" you will be disappointed, it has been covered in heavy cladding last few years. However go around the Houses of Parliament, try to book a tour inside. Wander around the square and statues facing the Parliamrnt to the right of Westminster Abbey. If you are there circa 5pm, pop in to evensong service in Westminster Abbey, with boys choir singing. Nearby is the wonderful complex of the Royal Horseguards, if it's not raining even the grounds themselves are worth a visit. From there put in Pall Mall and it's a lovely walk from the Royal Horse guards complex and view to the city and the Thames.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 11, 2018 via mobile

Sadly not much to see at the moment as Big Ben is under wraps for renovations and a serious makeover which will probably take a great deal of time . Not unlike the renovation of the Prince Albert memorial in Hyde Park which took many decades .

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank MadamedeSevigne
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