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Houses of Parliament & Big Ben Tours

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Houses of Parliament & Big Ben
Few landmarks epitomize central London as perfectly as Big Ben, the iconic clock tower that stands at the east end of the Houses of Parliament. Heralding the location of Great Britain's political nucleus in Westminster, Big Ben—or the Elizabeth Tower, renamed in honor of the Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee—stands proud as a symbol of London and the striking centerpiece of the Thames waterfront. The Palace of Westminster, the home of the Houses of Parliament, is another historic monument, as behind the grand Gothic facade, politicians have dictated local laws since 1215, when King John's Magna Carta signified the birth of parliament in the United Kingdom.

The Basics
The most exciting ways to see the UK Parliament and Big Ben's great clock face are from a capsule on the nearby London Eye Ferris wheel or 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 while allowing you to avoid the crowds that gather at Big Ben's base. The landmarks can be experienced at their most atmospheric on a night tour of London, when Big Ben is dramatically illuminated.

Travelers wanting to learn about British politics, with its complex system of monarchs, lords, and elected members of parliament, can arrange an official tour of the Houses of Parliament or even watch a debate from the public galleries. Big Ben, however, is only accessible to UK residents, who must request permission from their local member of parliament to visit. For everyone else, the clock tower is best admired from afar on a city tour that includes stops at other London attractions, such as Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Big Ben is visited on most half- and full-day tours of London, whether a walking, biking, or bus tour.
  • Take 10 minutes to admire the statues of 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—time your visit wisely to watch opposing political parties in fierce debate.

How to Get to Big Ben
Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament are located on the north bank of the Thames River, 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, then walk across Westminster Bridge to Big Ben.

When to Get There
Holiday travelers can join the crowds to watch London's legendary New Year's Eve fireworks, which take place right in front of Big Ben and ignite the sky in a riot of color. Ensure you book tickets for the firework display well in advance to avoid disappointment and guarantee an unforgettable evening.
Address: Westminster, London SW1A 0AA, England
Hours: Daily when parliament is in session
Admission: £14-£16.50 (adults)
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Darkest Hour - Parliament and Churchill War Rooms Private Tour

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Have the rare opportunity to visit the Houses of Parliament—and explore the Churchill War Rooms, too—on this political London tour. Following pickup from your local accommodation, travel to the UNESCO-listed Houses of Parliament, and explore both the Commons Chamber and the Lords Chamber. As you go, learn all about British political history and the fight for democracy. Next, continue to the Churchill War Rooms, located in a bunker deep below street-level. See where the Prime Minister led the war effort, and explore the perfectly preserved setting.
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Let your adrenaline levels go through the roof during a white-knuckle ride on the Thames River. Climb aboard a modern RIB (rigid-inflatable-boat) and satisfy an appetite for adventure as you soar past iconic landmarks like Big Ben, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the London Eye. Enrich your knowledge of English history as you listen to illuminating onboard commentary, and experience the exhilaration of super-fast speeds up to 35 miles (56 km). Enjoy an intimate atmosphere on this small-group tour, limited to 12 people.
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Follow in the footsteps of one of Britain’s most celebrated Prime Ministers and historic figures on this private, Winston Churchill-themed walking tour. Following pickup from your hotel or another convenient meeting point, you’ll explore the areas of Mayfair, Westminster, and Piccadilly associated with Churchill, from his childhood home and 10 Downing Street to the cigar shop he once frequented. Your final stop is at the Churchill War Rooms, the secret bunker from which he ran World War II.
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Learn all about Winston Churchill’s life on this private, history-themed tour. Pick from several convenient tour times, and set off with just your guide for company. You’ll see where Churchill lived as a child and as a young man, will discover where he purchased his suits, and will even visit his preferred cigar shop. Next, see the church where he married, admire 10 Downing Street and the Houses of Parliament, and explore the Churchill War Rooms; skip-the-line tickets are included to help you beat the crowds and save time.
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