PLEASE NOTE: From December 2016, there will be NO TOURS of the Elizabeth Tower due to refurbishment works to the mechanisms, masonry and iron work of the clock tower. Tours will resume in 2020.


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.


Clock Tower tours are currently free of charge, and are booked via a ballot system.

Tours must be arranged ahead of your visit with bookings being taken up to a year 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.

Groups of 14 students must be accompanied by two adults.

Please contact the Westminster office for further information.

Arriving at Westminster

  • Visitors for Clock Tower tours should enter by the main entrance to Portcullis House on the Victoria Embankment, facing the river.
  • Visitors should allow at least 20 minutes to pass through security, and will be subject to a security scan and bag search.
  • Visitors on Clock Tower tours may not leave the tour once it has started (for security reasons) unless escorted by a member of staff.