British Holiday Information

MPs scrap plans to charge for Big Ben Clock Tower visits

UK residents can now tour Big Ben safe in the knowledge that they won’t have to pay an entry fee, well, not until 2015 at the earliest, after a House of Commons Commission plan to charge visitors for the privilege of visiting the Big Ben clock tower was scrapped.

The £15 fee was due to be introduced in July however, MPs blocked the plans, condemning them as ‘undemocratic’ and ‘fundamentally wrong’, with one MP arguing that Parliament was not a theme park.

Around 10,000 people take Big Ben tours every year.

Take a tour of Big Ben:

To take a tour of Big Ben’s clock tower, you must be a UK resident – only UK residents are permitted to visit the Clock Tower. To arrange a tour residents should request a visit through their local MP or a member of the House of Lords.

Visitors must be in good health and be capable of climbing 334 small, spiral steps – there’s no lift!

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