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. 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.
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Neighbourhood: 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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  • pfefmeister
    San Francisco, California4,124 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 June 2023
  • WaJello
    1,477 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
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 July 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
    Travelled with friends
    Written 26 July 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
    Travelled with friends
    Written 26 July 2023
  • Simão Gomes
    38 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
    Travelled with friends
    Written 18 August 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 August 2023
  • RAA
    Mumbai, India72 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
    Travelled solo
    Written 26 August 2023
  • InternationalDiva4.0
    Mangaf, Kuwait112 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
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 September 2023
  • Rose H
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Once in a lifetime experience delivered by an amazing guide!
    First time on a Big Ben tour. The Tour was even better than I imagined. Before the tour our tour guide Melissa introduced her self to me and explained the tour. She also explained about all the noises to be expected which as an autistic person was very helpful. It's not often people consider things like that. Throughout my tour our guide was funny and engaging. I hardly felt the climb as I was quickly absorbed into the history of each topic and room we explored. The galleries were excellent and really helped to illustrate the story being told. Hearing Big Ben Bong from inside was something else. I had my own ear defenders (which I recommend as the foam things they give you are rubbish). Behind the clock face was a marvel to and I really felt like I was in a movie having only seen the clock face close up on screen. Overall excellent tour delivered by an excellent tour guide. Definitely 5/5.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 8 September 2023
  • 924david
    Hertford, United Kingdom225 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tower tour
    To anyone born in London Elizabeth Tower/Big Ben is more than just a big clock, it is an iconic part of our history so when the chance come to take a tour, I was straight onto the site to book up. The 344 steps are broken into 3 parts and there is a chance to sit and listen to the guide explaining the history etc of the Tower with each stop. The mechanism is ingenious, and you get a good understanding of the workings. Being in the tower next to Big Ben when it strikes is surreal having heard it so many times from outside. The tour last about 90 minutes and is good value. Only gripe is that you are not permitted to take photographs, other then that would thoroughly recommend.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 September 2023
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Connie S
Edmonton, Canada71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Ever since Peter Pan and Wendy flew around Big Ben in the Disney Cartoon I have wanted to see it. I probably took 20 different pictures from different angles and it never seased to amaze me. For me it was #1 on my list of things that I had to see in London. In the sunlight the gold around the face truly sparkles. Another check on my bucket list for sure!
Written 19 May 2024
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Karma S
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Hello!
Which is better, London or Paris? Well, both cities have their unique aspects, making it hard to point out which city is better than the other in general. In a report by MasterCard, London was the second city globally that recorded the highest number of tourists after Bangkok. However, Paris has three of the world’s top ten most-visited tourist attractions
Yet, London captures the mind of women and men like few others. Its grandeur, its elegance, its beauty make it one of the few places in the world one can swoon over every minute they spend there.
From my experience in France, I found other cities more attractive than Paris and Paris is not Tokyo or Interlaken. If you are on a budget, Paris is less expensive than London. Parisians are seen as unfriendly and rude, Londoners are rather considered as friendly, polite and welcoming.
But London is full to the brim of attractions and activities for all. Whether you'd like to watch a parade at Buckingham Palace, or visit one of our world famous museums such as the V&A, even if you'd like to have a nice stroll around one of the city's many parks – there's literally something for everyone there!

Just writing about it makes me want to go there.
Karma salman
Written 8 May 2024
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Richard Khmer
47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Amazing place! First time visiting London seeing Big ben hearing the clock bell ringing sounds. Its just to beautiful to hear the bell. If y'all a tourist definetly need to come visit, and also if ya going take a picture on the red telephone booth by the big ben. Be prepare for a long wait line lol because its popular spot to take a good photoshot on the telephone booth😊 📸📞🕰🇬🇧
Written 5 May 2024
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gretel
Long Island, NY22 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Iconic and a must visit if in London. It is a bit overrated, as there isn’t actually anything to do there, but it makes for great photos!
Written 1 May 2024
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Sightseer40731346682
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Superb place and Hyatt Regency was a superb hotel and the location is excellent in front of River Thames
London is full of life
Take hop & hop off bus to see all places
Written 28 April 2024
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Ellie K
Birmingham, UK303 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
It was such a fantastic site seeing Big Ben as we left the underground station. It looks amazing when it’s shining in the sunshine.
Written 26 April 2024
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amanda5805
Duncan, Canada6,873 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Big Ben is the iconic clock tower of London's Palace of Westminster, is a timeless symbol of the city's history. During our stay nearby, we found ourselves walking past it multiple times a day, marveling at its majestic presence. Standing tall since 1859, Big Ben has witnessed centuries of London's evolution and has become a beloved landmark known around the world.

However, beyond its historical significance, we couldn't help but notice that besides early mornings, hundreds of people lined the streets, eager to capture their perfect picture with this iconic landmark. So you maybe want to get there early.
Written 23 April 2024
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laneyislay
Isle of Islay127 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Big Ben was one of my 'must do' places in London. I loved it! It was so lovely to see, it's even nicer than I expected but not as big as I expected.

We didn't do the tour but I was delighted just to see it. Definitely worth going along to see it.
Written 15 April 2024
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Benjamin H
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Very nice building nice sitting on Westminster Square listening to the bells if you are a tourist total advices go there
Written 12 April 2024
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Lorraine. Southampton
20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Visited The Palace of Westminster to take part in a Big Ben Tour. Dave the tour guide was amazing. He was so informative without any falter of the history, dates, facts, figures and story of Big Ben and the Elizabeth Tower.
As we climbed the internal 334 steps of the tower, the safety of the party was considered and stoppages built into the tour for 'recovery periods' helped make the ascent more manageable.
Dave would tell the stories of the tower and bell at these break points with animation, humour, knowledge and gusto. It made it all very captivating.
At the belfry, there you see the glorious bells that can be heard across London. But you also get to see the views out, and view the gold restored orbs around the decorated edge of the tower. As you descend the tower stopping off to walk around the inside of the four clock faces they are incredible to see, so big, very surreal. And the way the faces are now lit at night compared to times past. How historical and modern resources have come together.
The working mechanism is awesome, I adored looking at all the cogs and levers and watching the movement of such a magnificent piece of engineering.
Brilliant experience.
Written 3 April 2024
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