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Short season of summer evening talks marking Big Ben's 160th birthday

17 May 2019

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Come and join us this summer for an informal evening of talks about Big Ben and the Elizabeth Tower.

The Elizabeth Tower, which stands at the north end of the Houses of Parliament was completed 160 years ago in 1859. The Great Clock started ticking on 31 May and the strikes of the Great Bell ('Big Ben') were heard for the first time on 11 July.

During the evening you will meet members of the Big Ben team and find out about the fascinating history and the workings of this famous clock tower.

You will also hear from one of the conservation project team about the ongoing works which are needed to refurbish and repair the Elizabeth Tower.

Early booking is recommended as places are limited.

Dates and how to purchase tickets

These talks are on the following Thursday evenings between 6.30pm and 8pm:

  • 27 June 2019
  • 4 July 2019
  • 11 July 2019

Tickets are £15 per person and can be purchased online, by calling 44 (0)20 7219 4114 or in person from the Ticket Office at the front of Portcullis House on Victoria Embankment.

Your ticket includes entry for the talks and one alcoholic or soft drink. The bar will open at 6pm, arrive early to get your drink before the talk begins at 6.30pm. You can purchase further drinks throughout the evening.

Please be aware that these evenings do not include access to the Elizabeth Tower which is currently closed due to the conservation works.

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Image: ©UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor Elizabeth Tower clock dial conservation work

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