Free talks about Big Ben and the Elizabeth Tower

Elizabeth Tower clock dial

Discover more about Big Ben and the Elizabeth Tower at one of these entertaining and informative morning talks.

Come and meet members of the Big Ben team and find out about the history and workings of this famous clock and its iconic tower. Hear their stories about working up close to 'Big Ben'.

These 'Big Ben: ticking through time' talks last one hour and include a short question and answer session at the end.

In addition to attending the talk, you are welcome to look around medieval Westminster Hall, watch debates from the public galleries on days when the Houses are sitting, or take one of the audio or guided tours which run on most weekdays during recesses.

Times and availability

Confirmed dates for the ‘Big Ben and the Elizabeth Tower’ talks are:

  • Friday 23 November 2018
  • Thursday 6 December 2018
  • Thursday 10 January 2019
  • Friday 18 January 2019
  • Thursday 31 January 2019

The talks commence at 10.30am in the Jubilee Room, just off Westminster Hall. You should allow sufficient time to pass through the airport style security, and are welcome to enter from 9.30am.

How to book tickets

Places for these talks are limited so the free tickets should be booked in advance.

You can book online or by phoning +44 (0)20 7219 4114.

You can also buy tickets from the Ticket Office which is open:

  • Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm (8.45am to 4.45pm on tour days)
    Saturday 8.45am to 4.45pm

The Ticket Office is located in front of Portcullis House on Victoria Embankment (postcode SW1A 2LW).

Please be aware that booking is for a talk only. Tours of Big Ben and the Elizabeth Tower are currently suspended due to essential works needed to refurbish and repair the Elizabeth Tower and Great Clock.

Further information

Book tickets before you visit

Book ticket onlineAlternatively, for phone bookings please call +44 (0)20 7219 4114, Monday to Saturday between 9am and 5pm.

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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