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Houses of Parliament & Big Ben

Houses of Parliament & Big Ben

Daily when parliament is in session
Westminster, London, SW1A 0AA

The Basics

The best ways to see Big Ben is from afar, to both appreciate the scale of the 315-foot (96-meter) clock tower and avoid crowds nearby. Popular ways to admire the clock include taking a ride on the nearby London Eye or opting for a Thames River cruise. Alternatively, city tours of London—on foot or by hop-on hop-off bus—typically pass by Big Ben, also stopping at Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London.

To go inside the Houses of Parliament, arrange an official tour or watch a debate from the public galleries. Big Ben is only accessible to UK residents.

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Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament Tour in London
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Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament Tour in London
$48.63 per adult
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The guides were great,...
Olga_P, Apr 2022
Skip the Line into Houses of Parliament & Westminster Abbey Fully-Guided Tour
The guides were great, very knowledgeable and entertaining. Four hours of well spent time. Highly recommended
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Great guide
Pamela_C, Apr 2022
Skip the Line into Houses of Parliament & Westminster Abbey Fully-Guided Tour
We had a great guide who knew his subject and put it over well. No delays in going into either Westminster Abbey or the houses of Parliament.
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An unforgettable experience, Great guide!
Nipun_M, Apr 2022
Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament Tour in London
This tour is totally worth it! It was my first time in London and did this tour as a solo traveler. Jane was an outstanding guide, she was very knowledgeable and a fun person. She genuinely shared her knowledge with us with great passion. Both Westminister Abbey and the House of Parliament were massive and stunning. House of parliament actually looks like a palace with gorgeous rooms inside, very detailed. I recommend this tour to anyone.
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Great tour
Helen_M, Mar 2022
Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament Tour in London
Our guide was extremely knowledgeable about Westminster Abbey and Parliament. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour and would recommend it to anyone
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Fantastic experience worth every penny
Vicky_M, Jan 2022
Westminster Abbey tour & Big Ben
Our Guide was absolutely fantastic we were the only ones booked on and she really made it feel like we were on a private tour. Extremely knowledgeable and we appreciated the little things she pointed out that we would of missed on our own. Couldn’t fault it
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Great guide
MRPETERRHUNT_H, Mar 2022
Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament Tour in London
Interaction with very knowledgeable guide, Jane. She was very good with our 12 year old grandson who we were treating to a fun day in London. We followed Westminster Abbey with the House of Parliament and the day culminated with an afternoon tea cruise on the Thames.
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History made easy
Thomas_B, Mar 2022
Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament Tour in London
Guide, Jane, was outstanding with stories which brought the abbey to life. Explained everything in down to earth fashion and interacted well with people
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Fabulous tour - thank you to Richard the guide
johan_z, Mar 2022
Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament Tour in London
Fabulous tour - our guide Richard was excellent - he knew so much and delivered in a professional and friendly manner
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Westminster
Mark_C, Aug 2021
Skip the Line into Houses of Parliament & Westminster Abbey Fully-Guided Tour
Salvatore is very knowledgeable. His insight on British history and the Protestant reformation was very helpful to understand Westminster Abbey.. I plan to recommend him to other visitors who plan to visit London.
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Wonderful morning in Westminster
Timothy_K, Oct 2021
Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament Tour in London
The whole tour was very informative, the guide was very knowledgeable and added so much to our walk thru Westminster. Seeing Lawrence of Arabia tomb marker was a highlight because it was unexpected in a sea of historical items.
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Rich rich history
Andre_B, Nov 2019
Skip the Line into Houses of Parliament & Westminster Abbey Fully-Guided Tour
Loved the tour. Nick was very engaging. With all the political, religious, and architectural history associated with these two buildings I could have spent 4 hours in each.
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Westminster abbey and Parliament tour
Joan_M, Mar 2020
Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament Tour in London
This was a phenomenal tour! Tour guide was absolutely brilliant with his depth of historical knowledge. We absolutely enjoyed this tour.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Big Ben is visited on most half- and full-day tours of London, whether on walking, biking, or bus tours.

  • Take 10 minutes to admire the statues in Parliament Square, all of which depict famous political figures.

  • Guided tours of the Houses of Parliament run most Saturdays, and the public galleries are open when parliament is in session.

  • Big Ben is only accessible to UK residents, who must request permission from their local member of parliament to visit.

  • Stop by after dark to see Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament illuminated.

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How to Get There

Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament are located on the north bank of the River Thames, easily accessible from the Westminster underground tube station, which is serviced by the Jubilee, Circle, and District lines. Alternatively, hop off at Waterloo station to wander along the vibrant South Bank past the London Eye, before crossing Westminster Bridge to reach Big Ben.

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Trip ideas


When to Get There

Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament are staple must-sees of London vacations year-round; however, a particularly great time to visit is on New Year's Eve when fireworks light the sky in a riot of color right in front of Big Ben. Ensure you book tickets for the firework display well in advance to avoid disappointment and guarantee an unforgettable evening.

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Why is Big Ben Called Big Ben?

Big Ben, the popular—if not strictly official—name for the clock tower of the Houses of Parliament is an iconic part of the London skyline. Debate rages on over the famous nickname, though, with some attributing it to Sir Benjamin Hall, who oversaw the Great Bell's installation, and others giving the credit to English heavyweight boxer Benjamin "Big Ben" Caunt. (Also, Big Ben is technically the name of the Great Bell, not the tower as a whole.)

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