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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

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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Unfortunately it presently has scaffolding around it while it is being restored. You can still see the clock though.

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Good base to adventure into London when walking. From here you can walk to London Bridge, London Eye, Tower Bridge etc A really impressive clock, and the architecture of house of parliament likewise. The Big Ben was a renovation site unfortunately, but still impressive.

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Sadly, Big Ben clock tower is under scaffolding. You’ll have to wait for that iconic view until your next visit.

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The Big Ben is such a nice tower. The location is very nice as well as you walk along the Thames River. There is much to see and well crowded by tourist as we are. In the evening it is an even more gorgeous thing...More

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Its the world's most famous clock which is part of the houses of parliament. There is a bit of history as to why Big Ben is named so but your best bet is to look up Wikipedia for a more detailed explanation. Tourists flock in...More

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Reviewed yesterday

I am certain 'Big Ben' looks spectacular when all of the metal walking plates and all of the metal support poles are taken away. Hopefully, the next time that we tour the London city area, Big Ben will have shed all of his debris. ;-)

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Don't get your heart set on seeing this icon (or hearing the big bell) for the next year or so. It is under renovation and is completely covered with scaffolding. They are keeping at least one face of the clock uncovered at all times, so...More

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To be honest you wouldn’t know that it is even Big Ben at the moment as it’s covered in scaffolding . Still worth a visit to see the Houses of Parliament anyway

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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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