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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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Half Day Private London Tour by Walking and Public Transportation

This whirlwind tour takes you to many of London’s notable landmarks and attractions. With a private guide, visit the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Downing Street, St. Paul's Cathedral, the Tower of London, and more. Learn about the city’s history and get tips from a local about what else to see and do while you’re in town.
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Half day London Private Tour in Executive Luxury Vehicle

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We Provide 5* service for the price of a normal service All Tours Carried out in Executive Luxury Vehicles Our definition of “private tour” simply means your tour, where all ground services are provided by your very own personal driver, exclusively for your party. Flexible itinerary designed around your interest, and need. Only you and your family or friends. Especially convenient if you are traveling with children or elderly people. Private and comfortable car with your own driver who is always ready to transfer you to the next destination. Tours pick up and drop off at clients’ hotel. Tour pick up times are flexible but MUST be advised at time of booking. London, the capital of England and the United Kingdom, is a 21st-century city with history stretching back to Roman times. At its centre stand the imposing Houses of Parliament, the iconic ‘Big Ben’ clock tower and Westminster Abbey, site of British monarch coronations. and Many more Historical Sites
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Combi Ticket: Westminster Tour & Fly and Slide (Orbit Slide & Zip Now!)Half-day Tours

Combi Ticket: Westminster Tour & Fly and Slide (Orbit Slide & Zip Now!)

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Half-Day London Independent Private Tour

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Combi Ticket : Westminster Walking Tour, River Cruise & Tower of LondonFull-day Tours

Combi Ticket : Westminster Walking Tour, River Cruise & Tower of London

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The Sights of Westminster Walking Tour & Have A Feast : Medieval BanquetHalf-day Tours

The Sights of Westminster Walking Tour & Have A Feast : Medieval Banquet

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Private Tour: London City Tour in a Vintage Car with Optional ChampagneRomantic Tours

Private Tour: London City Tour in a Vintage Car with Optional Champagne

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Private London Electric Taxi Highlights Tour with Airport Pick-up

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Luxury London bus tour with Gourmet Dinner and Panoramic ViewHalf-day Tours

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London Photography Tour - Private TourFull-day Tours

London Photography Tour - Private Tour

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London Day Tour Including Lunch CruiseDay Trips

London Day Tour Including Lunch Cruise

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Private Walking Tour: Highlights of London with a Blue Badge GuideHalf-day Tours

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Private Walking Tour: Highlights of London with a Blue Badge Guide

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VIP Tour: The Tasty Weekend Walk- Eat and Sights!Half-day Tours

VIP Tour: The Tasty Weekend Walk- Eat and Sights!

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Private Tour: The Tasty Weekend Walk- Eat and Sights!Half-day Tours

Private Tour: The Tasty Weekend Walk- Eat and Sights!

In a Private group, you will discover 2 award-winning markets where Londoner's hangout and like to keep secret. These 2 markets are on each end of the walking tour, they are united by the deliciousness of their extensive variety of award-winning food. Between those 2 delicious markets, we will take you on a picturesque walk along the Thames which is perfect for pictures, Instagram friendly and traffic-free. You will see more than 20 landmarks and 6 bridges including Big Ben, London Eye South Bank Centre The National Theatre The British Film Industry building Tate Modern Shakespeare Globe Saint Paul Cathedrale The Clink Southwark Cathedrale HMS Belfast The London Skyline Tower Bridge Tower of London After this 60-90 min walk, we will indulge in some delicious foods and a refreshing glass of locally brewed beer or Kombucha...
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The Tasty Weekend Walk- Eat and Sights!Half-day Tours

The Tasty Weekend Walk- Eat and Sights!

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Small Group Walking Tour of Royal LondonCultural Tours

Small Group Walking Tour of Royal London

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You will have a fun small-group expert guided tour of the most famous Royal sights in London and also see the striking display of the Changing of the Queen’s Life Guards which is a magnificent mounted ceremony. Along the way your knowledgeable guide will make history come alive with entertaining, informative, and thoroughly gripping tales about life in London. We start in historic Covent Garden, then on to Trafalgar Square. We watch the dazzling display of the mounted guards in the Changing of the Queen’s Lifeguards. We walk down the world famous Mall to St James’s Palace, Buckingham Palace, we stroll through beautiful St James’s Park to Parliament Square where we see the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. There will be plenty of time for photos and your guide is always happy to help you make some Instagrammable memories! Join us on this walk and be captivated by the tradition, history, and colour of Royal London. This walk can also be booked as a private tour.
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Private Walking tour of London with licensed guide with central Hotel Pick UpHalf-day Tours

Private Walking tour of London with licensed guide with central Hotel Pick Up

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Private 8-hour Tour of London: Private driver & licensed guide w/ Hotel Pick UpFull-day Tours

Private 8-hour Tour of London: Private driver & licensed guide w/ Hotel Pick Up

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Explore the major monuments of the city in this incredible tour, we will see the main monuments of London such as Big Ben, Tower Bridge or the London Eye. We can also enjoy the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace.
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Private Tour: Sightseeing Walking Tour of London

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Panoramic Tour of London by Black TaxiHalf-day Tours

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