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Big Ben: Our most recommended tours and activities

  • The Big Smoke in a Whiff! 5-Hour Bike Tour

    1. The Big Smoke in a Whiff! 5-Hour Bike Tour

    The journey starts outside Hotel Hilton at 129 Bayswater road, 20 meters from Queensway tube station. You will cruise through the wonderful Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park to visit some of the most famous places in the world such as Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, and Big Ben. Then, follow the River Thames towards the iconic Tower Bridge and the Tower of London, making a stop at the Monument of London and, of course, at Sir Christopher Wren's St Paul's Cathedral. This is approximately a 5-hour tour at a slow pace and it provides a chance to see the best places in London. You'll stop for a snack along the way and you're welcome to bring your own. After the tour your guide will be happy to assist you in any way they can and share their great experiences of London.

  • Big London Ticket: London Eye, Big Bus & Thames River Cruise

    2. Big London Ticket: London Eye, Big Bus & Thames River Cruise

    Discover the best of London with a hop-on, hop-off tour on-board an open-top, double-decker bus and enjoy a trip on the London Eye as part of your ticket. A hop-on, hop-off tour is the ideal way to discover the best sights, landmarks and attractions of London at your own pace. The tour gives you unlimited use, with stops strategically placed at all the places you would like to visit including Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Westminster Abbey, Tower Bridge and St Pauls Cathedral. Hop off the bus at Westminster Bridge to take an unforgettable ride on the London Eye. From the top, you can take in the breathtaking 360-degree panoramic view of the city's impressive skyline. See the city's most famous sights including Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament from an unrivalled bird's eye view. You can start your tour at any of the Big Bus stops. Popular starting points include the Lon...

    We had a really lovely day , we learnt lots , things we didn’t know , the staff were exceptional , really helpful , polite and knowledgeable .

  • London: Tootbus Must See Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour + Cruise

    3. London: Tootbus Must See Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour + Cruise

    Hop on board the Must See London tour, sit back, relax, and (re)discover the city from a whole new perspective. See the best bits of London on this tour designed to see the most famous sights and incredible views of the city. Enjoy a tour past London's top attractions and landmarks including; Tower Bridge, Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral, London Eye, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, National Gallery, and Downing Street. Start the tour at any of the bus stops. Be welcome on board whether you are a first-time visitor with just a few hours in town and want to get a taste of London or a Londoner who wants to experience the city differently. Download the Tootbus app to easily find your way around, follow the buses in real-time, and enjoy self-guided walking tours to help you explore more of London.

    Very welcoming and friendly staff. We particularly enjoyed the live commentary on both the boat cruise and bus tour.

  • London: Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

    4. London: Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

    Find the prime vantage points that most people miss and see this time-honored tradition from outside Buckingham Palace. Follow your guide on a dynamic journey that will take you through each stage of the entire Changing of the Guard ceremony from beginning to end. Navigate the crowds easily and quickly. Let your guide take you to the best spots with unobstructed views for taking photos of the palace, gardens, and parade grounds. Marvel at the precision with which the Queen’s Foot Guards march to Buckingham Palace, clad in their iconic red tunics and bearskin hats. Admire the gleaming coats of the Household Cavalry’s horses as they emerge at Horse Guard’s Parade. As you watch, hear about the history of this fascinating ceremony and gain invaluable insight into every detail of this British spectacle.

  • London: London by Night Bus Tour and Thames Cruise

    5. London: London by Night Bus Tour and Thames Cruise

    Experience the city as the sun begins to set and take in the London lights from two different perspectives. Watch the city burst into life at night from the open top deck of the bus. London looks spectacular at night and you'll have the best seats to enjoy the view from above! Then, embark on a relaxing night river cruise along the Thames and see London's riverside sights at their most beautiful. London by Night will take you past some of the most iconic landmarks at their glittering best such as Tower Bridge, Piccadilly Circus, the Houses of Parliament, or the London Eye. Don’t miss out on the perfect way to discover or re-discover the city in a whole new light. Download the local partner's app to easily find the meeting point and see the route in detail.

    Was really good but the boat took some time to come and was so full didn’t get the night experience I expected. Wish the boat was too full. Otherwise the bus journey and guide were great.

  • London: Afternoon Tea Bus Tour

    6. London: Afternoon Tea Bus Tour

    Capture the heart of the city’s culture, landmarks and history on this London bus tour, while sipping a lovely cup of tea and enjoying the exquisite tastes of England. Indulge in High Tea, which is accompanied by an array of tasty sandwiches and delicious cakes and pastries. Your London bus driver will take you round several iconic sites, such as Big Ben, The Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, St James’s Park, Hyde Park, The Royal Albert Hall, Marble Arch, Nelson’s Column, Downing Street and more. This sightseeing tour lasts approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes depending on traffic. Nothing beats a good cuppa, so experience the beating heart of England like a local!

    Superb afternoon tea on the upper deck of the bus. It was my friends special birthday treat and made even more special as she had a an extra slice of cake with a candle, all the passengers sang Happy Birthday and a little gift too. She enjoyed herself immensely so did I. The staff very helpful, pleasant and cheerful.

  • Westminster Abbey Tour with Optional Houses of Parliament

    7. Westminster Abbey Tour with Optional Houses of Parliament

    Meet your guide at the entrance to Westminster Abbey at 09:15 AM, and then look inside the historic monument to stand in the footsteps of kings and queens. Since the coronation of William the Conqueror in 1066, all coronations of English and British monarchs have been held in the abbey, as have many royal weddings, including that of Prince William to Kate Middleton in 2011. Then, take a panoramic tour around the Houses of Parliament and pass the Elizabeth Tower where the famous Big Ben bell chimes every quarter hour. Learn about the role of MPs who sit in the House of Commons and the function of the House of Lords. Hear how, and why, the Elizabeth Tower and its great clock and iconic bell were built. For a more complete experience, select the option that includes the ticket to the Parliament and get an audio guided tour inside the building.  Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1...

    We absolutely loved the tour of the Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament, four hours sounds a long time but I could have happily stayed even longer. It was very interesting on so many fronts. Seeing the final resting place of so many iconic Kings and Queens and to stand in the Houses of Parliament where so much history has been and continues to be made is incredible. Loved it.

  • London: Westminster Walking Tour & The Tower of London Entry

    8. London: Westminster Walking Tour & The Tower of London Entry

    Start with a walking tour of the Westminster area, where your tour guide will escort you to 20 different historical and cultural sights. Head through Green Park to Buckingham Palace, admiring the well-manicured trees and flowers along the way. At the palace, watch the world-famous Changing of the Guard Ceremony. Afterward, see 17 other iconic London sights such as Downing Street, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, and the Houses of Parliament. Then, step into the Tower of London, where there is an abundance of history, stories, and ghosts to be found. Marvel at the Crown Jewels and other fascinating historical artifacts including the suits of armor worn by the Kings of England. See the cells where prisoners were once kept. Journey back in time and take an exciting trip into England's past.

  • London: City Highlights Bike Tour

    9. London: City Highlights Bike Tour

    Visit London’s must-see sights and attractions by bicycle as well as off-the-beaten-track hot spots that tour buses can’t reach. You’ll hear quirky tales about London’s amazing and sometimes bizarre history on this unique bicycle excursion. You’ll cycle at a comfortable pace along riverside pathways, dedicated bike lanes, and park routes. Possible tour stops include London’s major highlights, including the London Eye, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, and Buckingham Palace. Other places of interest that you may see include Admiralty Arch, Trafalgar Square, Chinatown, Covent Garden, and St. Paul's Cathedral. Listen to amusing anecdotes about London from your knowledgeable guide, and make stops during the day.

  • London: Private Open-Top Sightseeing Bus Tour

    10. London: Private Open-Top Sightseeing Bus Tour

    The tour begins with a pickup from a location of your choice in central London. Then embark on a journey going back thousands of years whilst traveling through the historic streets of London on an open-top double-decker bus. Enjoy this private tour with friends, family, or colleagues. You can even open a bottle of Champagne if you are celebrating a special event. A guide will be with you throughout your journey explaining the wonderful history behind the many sights that you will see including Tower Bridge and the Tower of London, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, St. Paul's Cathedral, Buckingham Palace and many more.

Planning Your Visit

  • Get a closer look

    The exterior of the clock tower has countless beautiful details and ornate decorations, many of which are all but impossible to see with the naked eye from below considering the tower's height of 96 meters. To really admire the tower's beauty, it's a great idea to bring a pair of binoculars.

  • When to visit

    The favorite time to listen to Big Ben is at noon, when the large bell chimes 12 times. However, it's also the busiest time of day. To avoid the crowds, it's best to come in the early morning or at night, and weekdays are less busy than the weekend.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Tours of the Big Ben tower are reserved to UK residents, however visits to the Houses of Parliament are available through the official website: www.parliament.uk/visiting/.
  • Is it expensive?
    Free to check out the tower, but a tour of the Houses of Parliament building £25.00 for adults, more with added perks.
  • Will I need a guide?
    Every hop-on-hop-off bus will pass by Big Ben, but you should look into getting a tour through Parliament in order to learn about Big Ben up close.
  • How to get there
    Take the District, Circle or Jubilee tube lines to Westminster, or check the bus schedules for other options.
  • Additional information

    • Photography, filming and mobile phone use are prohibited inside the Parliament buildings.

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What people are saying about Big Ben

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 2,837 reviews

Ola was an amazing guide. We had such fun on this bike tour. Ola was so knowledgeable and he played music as we cycled through the royal parks. The cycling was easy. We had a blast and would highly recommend this tour.

A fantastic way to see the sights Ashley was fantastic. The best guide in London. He knows so many stories about all the monuments we visited which makes it interesting. I will do the tour again it’s a a good laugh.

A brilliant experience, I would highly recommend to others. We got to see the most beautiful parts of London in one morning. The guide was amazing and didn't rush us. He was very knowledgeable and funny too.

Very nice tour and very clear also they are helpful when you need. But it should tell on the bus stop the time table to know how long we will wait for the next one.

This was great fun! Definitely the best way to tour the sights and learn some history too.