All visitors to London will have heard of Big Ben. Sadly unless you are a permanent UK resident you will not be able to take a guided tour of the tower and clock, however where ever you are in London you will hear its hourly chimes.
Visitors will notice there are four towers in the Houses of Parliament, the most famous of them being the Clock Tower colloquially called ‘Big Ben’. This tower is actually the Elizabeth Tower and is located at the north-western end of the building (near Westminster Bridge) and has a large gilded clock face on each of its four sides.
Five bells chime the quarter hours and the Great Bell of Westminster (Big Ben) chimes the hours. The sound of these chimes represents England to visitors from around the world.
Big Ben Tour
For those interested there is a physical tour of the Elizabeth Tower and of the clock level from which there are spectacular views over London. Unfortunately for visitors to Britain, the tour is open to UK permanent residents only and must be booked through their local Member of Parliament (MP) or Member of the House of Lords.
Full details are at
Applications may be made in writing to the:
(UK residents) local MP at House of Commons, Westminster, London SW1A0AA
Google Map - Big Ben