Andrew Percy MP

Andrew Percy MP

Member of Parliament for Brigg & Goole and the Isle of Axholme

Big Ben and the Elizabeth Tower Tours

Andrew is inviting residents to get in touch if they are interested in applying for free tickets for a tour of the newly refurbished Elizabeth Tower.

Andrew explains, "I am informed that, following the completion of its conservation, the Elizabeth Tower will officially reopen to the public this summer.  As such, MPs have been provided with a certain number of free tickets for their constituents to tour the Tower and see the Big Ben bell. 

"If you are a constituent and would like to register your interest in these tours, please do email Please include your full names and addresses."

Further information from the Parliament website is below: 

This guided tour of the Elizabeth Tower takes you up a narrow 334-step spiral stairwell to the Belfry where Big Ben, the Great Bell, hangs. Along the route, your guide will reveal details of the most extensive and complex conservation project in the Tower’s history. This vital conservation work involved over 500 people from across the UK and their traditional crafts including stone masonry, glass blowing, gilding, plastering, cast iron and clock mechanics. 

On this tour you will see the inner workings of the clock mechanism, stand next to the world-famous Big Ben bell as it strikes the hour, and step behind the dials each spanning 6.9m in diameter. You are also welcome to explore medieval Westminster Hall after your visit to the Elizabeth Tower.

The Big Ben tour is not suitable for everyone. Visitors must be aged 11 and over and be comfortable climbing 334 steps unaided and able to sustain moderate physical exertion for up to 90 minutes. You will experience high noise levels from the clock mechanism and bells - ear defenders will be provided. The total tour duration is 90 minutes and toilet facilities are available at the beginning and end of the tour only. Due to the constraints of the Tower, accessible tours including step-free access are not currently available. Sign up to UK Parliament’s newsletter ( to hear about accessible tour options later in the year.  

Please note that photography is not permitted inside the Elizabeth Tower due to security, health and safety and copyright reasons.

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