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  • Address: Westminster, London, England SW1A 0AA
  • Hours: Daily when parliament is in session
  • Admission: £14-£16.50 (adults)

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Houses of Parliament & Big Ben

On any visit to London you simply can't miss Big Ben, the iconic clock tower that stands at the east end of the Houses of Parliament. More than just an unmistakable postcard image, the historic monument has long served as a symbol of London, with its riverside location making it the striking centerpiece of the Thames waterfront.

The most exciting ways to see Big Ben are from a capsule on the nearby London Eye Ferris wheel or gliding by on a Thames River cruise, both of which offer magnificent views of the 315-foot (96-meter) clock tower and the Neo-Gothic Palace of Westminster, the home of the Houses of Parliament. The landmark can also be experienced at its most atmospheric on a night tour of London, when it's dramatically illuminated. In addition, holiday travelers can join the crowds to watch the city's legendary New Year's Eve fireworks, which take place right in front of Big Ben. 

Those wanting to learn more about British politics, with its complex system of monarchs, lords and elected members of parliament, can arrange a tour of the Houses of Parliament or even watch a debate from the public galleries. Big Ben, however, is off-limits to everyone except UK residents, who still have to request permission from their local member of parliament to visit. For everyone else, the clock tower is best admired from afar.

Did You Know? Big Ben is actually the nickname of the bell inside the famous clock tower—the tower itself is called the Elizabeth Tower, renamed in 2012 in honor of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Before 2012, the official name was simply Clock Tower.

Practical Info

Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament are located in Westminster on the north bank of London's River Thames. The nearest tube station is Westminster, reachable on the Circle, District and Jubilee lines. On foot, it's a short walk across the bridge from the London Eye. The public galleries of the Houses of Parliament are open to visitors when Parliament is in session, while guided tours run most Saturdays. Big Ben can be visited only by UK residents.

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Inside the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey Tour in London, London, null
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Inside the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey Tour in London

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Get to grips with Britain’s royal and political history on this 4-hour tour of Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament. Step inside the famous Gothic ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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Parliament and Westminster Abbey Half-Day Tour, London, Half-day Tours
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Parliament and Westminster Abbey Half-Day Tour

Explore the heart of Westminster, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on this 4-hour guided tour of Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament. Learn about Big ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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Private Custom Tour: Day Tour of London, London, Attraction Tickets
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Private Custom Tour: Day Tour of London

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Choose from a 3.5-hour or 7-hour tour completely customized tour. Explore central London taking in the major sights and hidden gems. Discover this fascinating ...  Read more

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London Walking Tour Including Fast-Track Westminster Abbey Visit and Changing of the Guard, London, ... 
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London Walking Tour Including Fast-Track Westminster Abbey Visit and Changing of the Guard

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Visit Westminster Abbey and get a front-row view of the Changing of the Guard on this 2.5-hour London walking tour. With a knowledgeable guide, get fast-track ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Private Tour: Chauffeur-Driven Tour of London, London, Walking Tours
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Private Tour: Chauffeur-Driven Tour of London

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Enjoy a private 4-hour tour of London with a private guide and a driver. This tour offers a flexible itinerary, you can choose what you visit. See famous Big ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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Viator Exclusive: Small-Group London Sightseeing Tour Including Guided British Museum Visit, St ... 
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Viator Exclusive: Small-Group London Sightseeing Tour Including Guided British Museum Visit, St Paul's Cathedral and Tower of London

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Get the most out of London on this full-day tour, which hits the best of the English capital — you can't book this Viator Exclusive anywhere else. Visit St ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Vintage Bus Tour of London Including Westminster Abbey and Thames River Cruise, London, Viator ... 
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Vintage Bus Tour of London Including Westminster Abbey and Thames River Cruise

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See London’s highlights by retro double-decker bus and cruise boat on this 5.5-hour tour, which includes a guided tour of Westminster Abbey. Take a seat on a ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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London Full Day Tour, London, City Tours
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London Full Day Tour

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This tour will take you to the most iconic landmarks in London: Buckingham Palace, Changing of the Guard, Big Ben, St Paul's Cathedral the Tower of London and ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $356.24
Private Tour: Big Ben to Covent Garden Tour in London, London, Walking Tours
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Private Tour: Big Ben to Covent Garden Tour in London

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When people imagine London this is the part of central that usually comes to mind - Big Ben, the Houses of parliament, Westminster Abbey, the imposing ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $51.82
Private Tour: London Historical Walking Tour, London, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private Tour: London Historical Walking Tour

Start off your trip to London with a 2.5 hour private tour detailing the city’s history. Our attentive guides will take you through the city’s center, starting ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $114.83

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