Recent Searches
Clear
Houses of Parliament & Big Ben
Houses of Parliament & Big Ben

Houses of Parliament & Big Ben

star-5
22,146 Reviews
Daily when parliament is in session
Westminster, London, SW1A 0AA

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.

Show all

Recent reviews from experiences in London

star-5
Fantastic tour of Westminster Abbey and Parliament
LM7, Feb 2020
Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament Tour in London
This was a great tour. Our guide was very informative and provided great history and also great anecdotes on that history. It was great to get into areas of the Abbey that the general public could not.
star-5
Great tour
Taras, Feb 2020
Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament Tour in London
Our guide, Nick, was great — he did a nice job of highlighting the history of the Abbey, and was a great storyteller. Access to Parliament was fantastic. I highly recommend this tour,
star-4
Rich rich history
abiane2019, 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.
star-5
An amazing tour
shalini, Feb 2020
Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament Tour in London
We had an excellent tour guide Nick. The tour was very informative and Nick was always ready to answer any questions.
star-5
Skip the Line—Guided Tour Parliament, Westminster Abbey
Glenn C, Oct 2019
Skip the Line into Houses of Parliament & Westminster Abbey Fully-Guided Tour
The tour was everything we hoped it would be. It was the highlight of our visit. Knowledgeable and pleasant guides, small group size.
star-5
HISTORY AT ITS BEST
makapuu59, Nov 2019
Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament Tour in London
This tour gave us a comprehensive to of not only Westminster's history but also of the British Monarchy too. Highly recommended.
star-5
Top Notch Tour
evansvuk, Aug 2019
Skip the Line into Houses of Parliament & Westminster Abbey Fully-Guided Tour
This was an amazing experience! Our guide, Rosie, was fantastic and really kept the tour moving but without sacrificing any details. I learned so much and enjoyed every minute of it! Bypassing the queue is the way to go!
star-5
Tour to Westminster Abbey
Chris C, Oct 2019
Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament Tour in London
Excellent tour of Westminster Abbey, the tour guide offered an extensive background and history of the Abbey. Unfortunately, the House of Parliament was closed. However, I believe doing both tours would have been a bit much for my group.
star-5
Great time at Westminster
yah905, Jul 2019
Skip the Line into Houses of Parliament & Westminster Abbey Fully-Guided Tour
My husband and I visited London for the first time and were thrilled to have a guided tour of Westminster Abbey and both Houses of Parliament. Both guides took their time and thoroughly explained the history and answered all questions. This excursion was worth it!
star-4
A very interesting & educational tour inside The Westminster Abbey.
Tourist14659867393, Aug 2019
Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament Tour in London
Enjoyed the tour inside the Abbey. A lot to see & learn. Very good & experienced tour guide. Only a very brief explanation of the Houses of Parliament.
star-5
Excellent!
Adriana Z, Jun 2019
Skip the Line into Houses of Parliament & Westminster Abbey Fully-Guided Tour
Our guide, Nick, was excellent. I learned so much. Although it was hot, crowded, and lots of walking, Nick made it very easy.
star-5
Great Tour
Robyn W, Jul 2019
Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament Tour in London
Very informative. Mark, our guide, was knowledgeable, easy to understand and did a great job. I can recommend this tour to anyone wishing to see and know more about Westminster Abbey.

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.

Show all

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.

Show all

Trip ideas

Virtual 360° Experience of London's Royal Albert Hall

Virtual 360° Experience of London's Royal Albert Hall

Inside the Historic Royal Palaces of England and Ireland

Inside the Historic Royal Palaces of England and Ireland

Fortnum & Mason Employee Ryan Almeida’s Guide to London

Fortnum & Mason Employee Ryan Almeida’s Guide to London

British Museum Virtual Tour

British Museum Virtual Tour

Royal Museums Greenwich in London: Online Stories and Collections

Royal Museums Greenwich in London: Online Stories and Collections

London Rock Music Tour: A Virtual Audio Experience

London Rock Music Tour: A Virtual Audio Experience

Top 5 Royal Palaces in London & How to Visit

Top 5 Royal Palaces in London & How to Visit


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.

Show all