***UPDATE: DUE TO RENOVATION WORKS TOURS OF BIG BEN ARE NOT POSSIBLE AND CANNOT BE BOOKED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.***
The Clock Tower, now named the Elizabeth Tower, is the name of the famous tower of Parliament - more commonly known as Big Ben. Although often referred to as Big Ben, this is actually the nickname of the bell within the Clock Tower. Big Ben's official name is the Great Bell.
What does the tour cover?
A tour will take you up the 334 spiral steps to the top of the 150 year old Clock Tower to hear Big Ben strike the hour. As well as seeing a spectacular view of London from 62 metres up the tower, you will also go behind the clock faces and have the opportunity to visit the mechanism room to learn about how the clock works in the 21st Century.
Times and availability
Tours are at set times of 9.15am, 11.15am and 2.15pm Monday – Friday, (except Bank Holidays). Tours are currently free of charge and all have wheelchair and disability access and facilities.
Tours must be arranged ahead of your visit with bookings being taken up to four months in advance. Demand is high so early booking and flexibility regarding dates and times is recommended. Children under 11 are not permitted on Clock Tower tours.
To book a Clock Tower tour you can contact me through the contact page of my website
Please ensure you provide accurate dates and the number of visitors to assist us in processing your booking.
If your booking has been a success you will then have to undergo a vetting process which will be sent to the police. The information that will be required from visitors will be visitors:
Date of birth
Place of birth and
Country of Birth
All information sent to us will be treated with complete confidentiality and not passed on to any other source.
Once you have completed the vetting process and have been given security clearance the Big Ben administration office will write to you at your home address.
For all other information see a virtual tour click here http://www.parliament.uk/visiting/online-tours/virtualtours/bigben-tour/
For more information relating to tours of Big Ben and Parliament you can visit the ‘Parliament UK’ website tours page here http://www.parliament.uk/visiting/visiting-and-tours/ukvisitors/
* This factsheet is by no means definitive, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice*