Big Ben and the Elizabeth Tower tours

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Big Ben and the Elizabeth Tower tours are now suspended due to refurbishment. Tours are scheduled to resume in 2021 once the work is complete.

Tours suspended during Elizabeth Tower refurbishment

Essential conservation works needed to refurbish and repair the Elizabeth Tower and Great Clock were announced in April 2016. As these large scale works are now underway, there are no tours inside the Elizabeth Tower.

Other tours and talks available to UK and overseas visitors

During refurbishment you can attend one of the free talks about Big Ben and the Elizabeth Tower which are held monthly.

The hour-long presentation, given by members of the Big Ben team, covers the history and workings of this famous clock and iconic tower and will be followed by a short question and answer session.

You can 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.

Tickets can be purchased online, by phone or on the day from the Ticket Office. 

Big Ben and the Elizabeth Tower guide book

This book tells the story of the iconic tower, Great Clock and bell which became known as 'Big Ben'. Contains over 130 images and illustrations.

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