Big Ben
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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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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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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  • Mercy
    London, United Kingdom7 contributions
    A must see in London
    the most iconic landmarks in London, and a must-see for any visitor. The clock tower stands at the north end of the Palace of Westminster, and chimes every hour with a distinctive melody. The name Big Ben actually refers to the largest bell inside the tower, which weighs 13.5 tons and was cast in 1858. The tower itself is 96 meters tall and has four clock faces that are illuminated at night. You can admire Big Ben from various viewpoints around the city, or join a guided tour to learn more about its history and mechanics.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 March 2023
  • Joasi23
    South Yorkshire, United Kingdom1,408 contributions
    Looking good !
    Worth the wait to see this magnificent clock restored to its former glory. Be patient and you will get the iconic shot with a London bus passing . The flags nearby make the area even more attractive, so dont let the crowds put you off it’s in a location where you can easily walk 5 mins and find peace and history in abundance. It’s literally in front of you once you exit the tube at Westminster, always impresses however many times you see it.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 12 March 2023
  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia14,046 contributions
    Big Ben is an iconic symbol of London
    Probably everyone on Earth has heard the sound of Big Ben. Big Ben is the main bell you hear when you hear the chimes. The Tower and the connection to the House of Parliament and the clock is well known, but it is not Big Ben. Big Ben is a bell, it has been restored recently. Big Ben is an iconic symbol of London.
    Visited January 2023
    Written 21 March 2023
  • Victoria B
    Raleigh, North Carolina1,632 contributions
    Beautiful!
    My oldest little was so excited to see Big Ben since she's seen it in her Peppa Pig book before our trip. We approached it on a double decker bus and she was too excited to be contained. It was great to see this beautiful clock up close with my family!
    Visited August 2022
    Written 11 April 2023
  • Fam G
    Bagsvaerd, Denmark538 contributions
    Iconic place
    Busy place with a lot of tourists, like us, but still a place we several times past during our stay. It is like the bell tower sorry Elizabeth Tower, with the Great Bell is pulling you to visit, and it actually feels nice to be there. Lot of history and properly the best know place in whole England - iconic place.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 April 2023
  • BRLAAdventurer
    185 contributions
    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 24 May 2023
  • Grover R
    Pensacola, Florida18,062 contributions
    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 27 May 2023
  • pfefmeister
    San Francisco, California3,034 contributions
    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
    1,307 contributions
    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
    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
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5 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
It is big tower. Many gold and beautiful on top of tower. But, too many crowd on road, so photo isn’t easy. Nice to see restored version!!
Written 24 February 2024
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acs1984
Cockermouth, UK1,649 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
We had a walk to Big Ben (Elizabeth Tower) whilst visiting London. It has recently been refurbished, so much so that it looks brand new! It was quite busy around Big Ben and we had to watch out that we weren't pushed into the road.
Written 21 February 2024
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Ling K
Villach, Austria3 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
Imagine a very tall building with a bell that rings every hour. It's quite loud, but also quite charming in its own way. You can't miss it, as it stands out above everything else..
Written 14 February 2024
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Lenny H
Auckland, New Zealand762 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
It’s one of those sites that you just have to finish. Best view, in my opinion, is from the other side of the Thames, but it’s worth seeing from multiple angles.
Written 10 February 2024
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1 contribution
Mar 2023 • Solo
If I rate the site as is, in its historic context, then it's 4*. If I rate my personal views abot the site then it's 1*. But, unlike others, I'm not rating my personal views.
Written 6 February 2024
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June 2023 • Solo
PROS
* World famous symbol of Britain and its democracy
* The bell and its chimes are a quintessential London experience
* Stunning architecture and pristine beauty

CONS
Only British residents can go inside and up to the top

"I VISITED THIS PLACE"...
... because one has to see this on every visit to London. I again came out of the Westminster tube station and I knew what an incredible breathtaking sight would be awaiting me there, even before exiting the station.

I looked at it from many angles and admired it from all of them.

WAS IT WORTH THE PRICE?
It is free

WOULD "I VISIT THIS PLACE" AGAIN
Sure, and I do intend to do just that

ADVICE
* Arrive by the tube to Westminster station so you can exit and be "greeted" by the stupendous view of the tower
* I would say that if you are a British resident, then try to arrange to go inside and to the top
Written 5 February 2024
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Evelyn W
1 contribution
Feb 2024 • Solo
Big Ben is an iconic landmark and a testament to the well-designed architecture. More importantly, it plays an essential role in British history. It’s amazing that it’s been well maintained. I especially like the clock face and when the bell tolls. This is not just a clock to tell time but an important reminder of British history and of that era.
Written 4 February 2024
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Shell T
Hertfordshire, UK19 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
Must see! Big Ben is just amazing to see and hear the chimes in real life. We visited the attractions near London eye and you can see Big Ben from there. We was lucky enough to be walking up the hill to cross the road and Big Ben chimed my kids were so over the moon to see and hear.
Written 4 February 2024
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Chris
Hinckley, UK920 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
We were in the area and had a walk past here. The area around here is crowded. It is nice to look at and to hear the chimes at the various times. If you are in the area have a look here
Written 20 January 2024
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Dave O
Newport, UK927 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
Nice to see it back in pristine condition, it is a great sight in London, we enjoyed the time viewing it.
And easy to get to.
Written 20 January 2024
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