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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
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Reviewed today

Was surprised by how SMALL the BIG Ben was. Disappointed it was completely covered in scaffolding....but London is so dang pretty, I hardly noticed it wasn't part of the view.

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Reviewed today

London would not be the same without a visit to the Houses of Parliament and to see the 'Elizabeth II' clock tower. It is so very special.

Thank valannrob
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Reviewed today via mobile

The big beautiful Big Ben is under refurbishment and completely covered in scaffolding - tip - walk over Westminster bridge and the clock is open from that side.

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Big Ben is certainly a site to see even if it is completely cover with scaffolding. The face of the clock was the only viewable site. Still happy to say I saw it!! :)

Thank Auntie173
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Reviewed today

Too bad we didn't get to see Big Ben after travelling to London. Kids were disappointed that there was so much scaffolding you couldn't even recognize Big Ben.

Thank angelabanana
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Reviewed today

If you plan on great photo ops in the upcoming months at the Elizabeth Tower and Big Ben, DREAM ON! Your view is scaffolding until the Tower makeover is complete. :(

Thank Karen R
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Reviewed today via mobile

Unfortunately Big Ben is covered with scaffolding at the moment so you can’t see it. The rest of the building is still nice to see though

Thank Annalise N
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Reviewed today via mobile

You can not see it at all at the moment. Unless you count the tower of scaffolding and a small glimpse of what looks like a clock.

Thank Kerry S
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Reviewed yesterday

Big Ben has scaffolding around it as this lovely tower clock is being refurbished. Just be aware, if you are visiting London, this famous landmark is obscured by scaffolding.

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Big Ben is undergoing renovations and you are unable to see the actual tower for the next couple of years. That said, it is still an imposing structure and there are plenty of nearby attractions (Parliament, Westminster Abbey, London Eye, etc.) so it’s still worth...More

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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.
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