Tourists will get a chance to see Big Ben up close and personal for the first time, under new plans.

Visitors from other countries are not able to visit the famous bell inside Elizabeth Tower as it was only permitted to UK residents who contacted their local MP.

However, plans to turn the iconic London landmark into a fully fledged tourist attraction would see foreign tourists be able to visit a brand new viewing platform and exhibition space.


And for those worried about the 334-step climb to the top a lift is set to be installed.

Restoration work on Elizabeth Tower is finally set to come to an end in 2020, allowing the scaffolding to be taken down. Renovation on the tower reached its halfway point on Thursday, meaning tourists will be able to get the perfect selfies outside from next year.

Charlotte Claughton, Senior Project Leader, said: "We are really excited to be reaching the halfway stage in the Elizabeth Tower restoration project.

"Late next year we will be in a position to start taking down scaffolding to reveal this much-loved landmark restored to its former glory."

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