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Houses of Parliament & Big Ben
Houses of Parliament & Big Ben

Houses of Parliament & Big Ben Tours and Activities

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Few landmarks epitomize central London as perfectly as Big Ben, the iconic clock tower that stands at the east end of the Houses of Parliament. Heralding the location of Great Britain's political nucleus in Westminster, Big Ben—or the Elizabeth Tower, renamed in honor of the Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee—stands proud as a symbol of London and the striking centerpiece of the Thames waterfront. The Palace of Westminster, the home of the Houses of Parliament, is another historic monument, as behind the grand Gothic facade, politicians have dictated local laws since 1215, when King John's Magna Carta signified the birth of parliament in the United Kingdom.

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London Royal Parks Bike Tour including Hyde Park

London Royal Parks Bike Tour including Hyde Park

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Discover the beauty and history of Royal London by bike on a morning or afternoon city tour. Enjoy a guided ride through Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, and St. James's Park. Cruise by the stately monuments such as the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, and view royal sites like Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, and the Princess Diana Memorial. Along the way, learn about London’s rich history and contemporary culture.  
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$36.63
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$36.63
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Classic London Landmarks Bicycle Tour

Classic London Landmarks Bicycle Tour

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Discover the history and diversity of London by bike on a sightseeing tour. Led by a guide, pedal past the city's top sites, including Covent Garden, Buckingham Palace, Westminster, St. Paul's Cathedral, and Trafalgar Square. Along the way, learn about the city’s colorful history — the glorious, the infamous, and everything in between.  
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$42.20
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Ghosts, Ghouls & Gallows: London Virtual Tour

Ghosts, Ghouls & Gallows: London Virtual Tour

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Discover the haunted side of London on a virtual ghost tour that reveals haunted houses, cemeteries, and harrowing historic tales. A great way to learn more about London without leaving the security of your own home, this tour includes an array of interesting details from your guide. Plus, interactive quizzes keep you engaged and ensure you don’t get bored. All tour times are in the British Summer Time timezone.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$7.04
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Thames Barrier Speedboat Experience to/from Embankment Pier - 75 minutes

Thames Barrier Speedboat Experience to/from Embankment Pier - 75 minutes

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Whet your appetite for adventure with a high-speed Thames river RIB experience. Soar over the surf of London’s iconic river and gaze at impressive monuments as your adrenaline levels soar. Listen to commentary from a knowledgeable guide over a state-of-the-art speaker system and see popular attractions from a totally unique vantage point. Receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to only 12 passengers.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$79.61
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London in One Day Tour includes Tower of London with Optional London Eye Upgrade

London in One Day Tour includes Tower of London with Optional London Eye Upgrade

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Get to know London in one day on this sight-packed, full-day tour with a guide. Traveling by air-conditioned coach, see top London attractions such as Big Ben and Westminster Abbey, and enjoy fast-track entry and a guided tour of St. Paul's Cathedral. Watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, and then visit the Tower of London. Break for a pub lunch, and receive a ticket for a Thames River sightseeing cruise to use after your tour or another day. For a bird's-eye view of the city, upgrade to include a ticket for the London Eye in the evening.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$147.93
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Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise with Optional London Eye

Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise with Optional London Eye

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Discover the grandeur of London aboard the open-top, double-decker Big Bus on this hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. With your 1-, 2-, or 3-day ticket, design a personal itinerary with stops including Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, St. Paul’s Cathedral and more. Enjoy unobstructed views and onboard commentary as you view the city’s highlights and upgrade to The Big London Day Out option to get an aerial view of the city aboard the London Eye giant observation wheel. Hop off to enjoy a Thames River cruise, currently operating Friday to Sunday only.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$49.45
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Best of London Including Tower of London, Changing of the Guard, with a Cream Tea or London Eye Upgrade

Best of London Including Tower of London, Changing of the Guard, with a Cream Tea or London Eye Upgrade

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See the English capital’s top landmarks on this most comprehensive of London magical tours. Take a tour of beautiful St Paul’s Cathedral, then make a photo stop at Westminster Abbey. Watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace and visit the Tower of London, where you'll have free time for lunch (own expense). Enjoy an extended river sightseeing cruise, and upgrade to cap everything with a London Eye flight or cream tea at Harrods.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$139.48
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Must See London: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour and River Cruise

Must See London: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour and River Cruise

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See the best of London without the stress of rigid tour times and massive crowds on this hop-on hop-off bus tour. With your flexible pass, hop aboard the double-decker, open-top bus for a comfortable sightseeing excursion. Great for kids and adults, your pass offers multiple route options with stops at main attractions like Big Ben, the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace and more. Bonus features include a free city walking tour, a Thames River cruise, and local discounts.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$49.31
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River Thames Evening Cruise

River Thames Evening Cruise

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Witness the enchantment of London at night on an evening cruise along the historic Thames River. Aboard the glass-encased boat, enjoy the city’s main attractions at dusk, including the Shard, Big Ben, and the HMS Belfast. Savor sparkling wine and canapés as you cruise the river and delight in the magic of London’s urban shoreline as night falls.
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  • 2 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$40.86
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Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament Tour in London

Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament Tour in London

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Get acquainted with two iconic London monuments on a half-day tour of Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament. While gaining fascinating insight into the royal history of Great Britain, absorb the Gothic grandeur of Westminster Abbey’s interior and head inside the Houses of Parliament—home to the renowned Big Ben—to see highlights like the House of Commons and Lord’s Chamber. From your guide, learn about the United Kingdom’s political system and major historic events while touring the prominent landmarks.
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  • 2 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$36.63
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Royal London Walking Tour: Early Access Tower of London & Changing of The Guard

Royal London Walking Tour: Early Access Tower of London & Changing of The Guard

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Discover London’s royal history and sights on a London tour by foot and boat. Start with an early access visit to the Tower of London to see the opening ceremony and Crown Jewels without the usual daytime crowds. Then, take to the water on a half-hour River Thames sightseeing cruise. Stroll to Horse Guard’s Parade or Buckingham Palace to see the famous Changing of the Guard ceremony, and learn all about the British Royal Family from a knowledgeable local guide.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$111.30
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Tower of London and Afternoon Tea at Westminster Abbey by Vintage Bus

Tower of London and Afternoon Tea at Westminster Abbey by Vintage Bus

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Hop aboard a vintage double-decker Routemaster bus and travel in style across London. Uncover the city’s royal secrets and history with a guided tour from a White Tower Warden at Tower of London with time to explore at your leisure and see the Crown Jewels. After passing St. Paul’s Cathedral, London Eye, Tower Bridge, and Shakespeare’s Globe, stop for a bite to eat at Borough Market. Then head to Westminster Abbey, where William and Kate were married. Receive a guided tour of the Abbey before you're treated to a scrumptious afternoon tea with all the trimmings at the Abbey’s Cellarium Café.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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London In a Day: Tower of London, Westminster Abbey & Changing of the Guard

London In a Day: Tower of London, Westminster Abbey & Changing of the Guard

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Limited time in London doesn’t have to mean a limited view of the capital. Soak up the key sights in just one action-packed day on this guided small-group tour. Explore Westminster Abbey and watch the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace. Then cruise the Thames River to Tower Bridge and explore its inner workings before delving into British history at the Tower of London.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Westminster to Greenwich Sightseeing Thames Cruise

Westminster to Greenwich Sightseeing Thames Cruise

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Glide by some of London’s must-see landmarks on a sightseeing cruise from Westminster to Greenwich on the Thames River. Step aboard your comfortable cruise boat at Westminster Pier and listen to the entertaining live commentary as you pass sights such as Shakespeare’s Globe, Tower Bridge, and the Tower of London. Drink in the views from the open or indoor deck, and at Greenwich, step ashore to visit attractions (own expense) such as the Cutty Sark or National Maritime Museum. Upgrade to include a return cruise back to Westminster.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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Thames Lunch Cruise with 2-Course Meal

Thames Lunch Cruise with 2-Course Meal

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Partake in a unique sightseeing excursion on this delightful lunch cruise along the Thames River. See the best of London’s riverside attractions on a cruise from Tower Pier to Westminster. Stroll the deck, savor a delectable 2-course meal, and admire great views of the London Eye, the Tower of London and more. An onboard bar offers additional drink options for spicing up your afternoon (own expense).
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$47.90
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London in a Day Private Custom Tour

London in a Day Private Custom Tour

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Discover the spectacular sights of London according to your own personal itinerary on a private custom tour of the vibrant capital with a knowledgeable guide. Opt to enjoy a half- or full-day tour and customize your itinerary according to your cultural and historical interests. Allow your expert guide to pre-plan logistics like public transportation and reservations, and then delve into the capital’s rich history by listening to illuminating commentary. See iconic attractions like Big Ben and the Tower of London, and stray from the conventional tourist trail for a unique experience of London.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$158.28
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Thames 24 Hour Hop-On Hop-Off River Cruise

Thames 24 Hour Hop-On Hop-Off River Cruise

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Discover the sights and history of London from the water on this leisurely cruise down the Thames River. With your 24-hour pass, enjoy unobstructed views of the city’s main riverside attractions like the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament from within an all-weather vessel, and hop on or off at any stop along the way. Create your own London adventure.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$23.11
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$23.11
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Skip the Line into Houses of Parliament & Westminster Abbey Fully-Guided Tour

Skip the Line into Houses of Parliament & Westminster Abbey Fully-Guided Tour

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Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament are two of London’s highlight landmarks—and on this tour, you’ll have special access to both. Skip the line at Westminster Abbey and head inside the soaring church, where your guide will share facts about its royal history. Next, you’ll have the rare opportunity to explore parts of the interior of the Houses of Parliament, which is frequently off-limits to the public.
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  • 3 hours 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$125.39
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Vintage London Bus Tour Including Thames Cruise with Optional London Eye

Vintage London Bus Tour Including Thames Cruise with Optional London Eye

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See London’s signature sights by vintage Routemaster bus and Thames River cruise on this sightseeing tour. Board a retro, red double-decker bus London Routemaster, and enjoy stellar views of top London attractions including the Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and Westminster Abbey. Then, after a short Thames sightseeing cruise, ride your London double-decker to Buckingham Palace for a photo stop or to witness the colorful Changing of the Guard ceremony. If you wish, upgrade to add a visit to the London Eye, Tower of London, or UNESCO-listed Stonehenge after your tour.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$47.90
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London by Night Sightseeing Tour - Open top bus

London by Night Sightseeing Tour - Open top bus

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Experience the enchantment of London after hours on a night sightseeing tour. Aboard a double-decker bus, take a trip through the city to see illuminated attractions like Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, and the London Eye. Hear fascinating facts about passing sites and insider tips on where to visit in the bustling capital city from your expert guide.  
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$33.81
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Historical London Walking Tour in Westminster & Entry to Churchill War Rooms

Historical London Walking Tour in Westminster & Entry to Churchill War Rooms

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Immerse yourself in the rich history of World War II on an enriching and emotionally stirring tour of London Westminster with a knowledgeable guide. Descend to the subterranean Churchill War Rooms, an underground network of bunkers that functioned as wartime offices, and enrich your knowledge of British history with commentary that covers little known facts. As you explore, see iconic London sights like the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, and delve into the life and work of former British prime minister, Winston Churchill.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$83.12
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The London Landmarks

The London Landmarks

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Go sightseeing in London without the hassle of traffic jams and crowded trains on this half-day afternoon bike tour that takes in many top attractions. Ideal for first-time visitors who enjoy biking, this tour rides by major destinations including Kensington Palace, Buckingham Palace, Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, and Big Ben. Stop regularly for photo ops and hear live commentary from your guide along the way.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$42.20
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5-Day Best of England & Scotland Tour: London, Edinburgh, Manchester and more

5-Day Best of England & Scotland Tour: London, Edinburgh, Manchester and more

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See the best of England and Scotland, and leave all the planning to someone else, when you book this comprehensive, 5-day tour package. On the first day, discover London’s top highlights, from the Tower of London and the British Museum to St. Paul’s Cathedral and Buckingham Palace. Next, venture to academic Cambridge and continue north to York to see its famous Minster. From there, you’ll journey to Edinburgh and Glasgow, Manchester and the Lake District, and will explore Stratford-upon-Avon and Bicester Village. Accommodation, transit, tours, and select meals all included.
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  • 5 days
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$550.63
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Thames River Jazz and Dinner Cruise

Thames River Jazz and Dinner Cruise

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Watch the Thames River light up at night on a dinner cruise with live jazz. Kick-off your night with a glass of sparkling wine as you glide into the current, and spot the iconic Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, the London Eye, and Tower of London. Enjoy jazz classics along with swing and Latin tunes, then relax over a 3-course dinner in a heated cabin. Savor dishes like cheese and charcuterie, chicken escalope, and rich berry cheesecake, with plenty of time to take in the sights between courses.
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  • 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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Houses of Parliament & Big Ben hours of operation: Daily when parliament is in session. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Houses of Parliament & Big Ben can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 336 Houses of Parliament & Big Ben tickets and tours on Viator.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Houses of Parliament & Big Ben costs USD 5.48. Guided Houses of Parliament & Big Ben tours start around USD 5.48 per person. See all 336 Houses of Parliament & Big Ben tickets and tours on Viator.
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