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Big Ben

Elizabeth Tower - Houses of Parliament | Westminster, London SW1A 0AA, England
+44 20 7219 3000
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Ranked #24 of 1,106 Attractions in London
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Elizabeth Tower is the name of the famous tower of Parliament - more popularly known as Big Ben. Although often referred to as Big Ben, this is... more » Owner description: Elizabeth Tower is the name of the famous tower of Parliament - more popularly known as Big Ben. Although often referred to as Big Ben, this is actually the nickname of the bell housed within Elizabeth Tower - and Big Ben's official name is the Great Bell. UK residents can arrange a tour of Elizabeth Tower through their local MP or member of the House of Lords. Unfortunately these tours are not available to non-UK residents. A tour takes you up the 334 stone spiral steps to the top of Elizabeth Tower to hear Big Ben strike the hour. As well as seeing a spectacular view of London from 62 metres up the tower, you also go behind the clock faces and have the opportunity to visit the mechanism room to learn about how the clock works in the 21st Century. « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Our guide, Tony, hurried us to the Elizabeth Tower. We couldn't figure why he was in a hurry. Well it was a minute to 10:00 am and Big Ben started to strike. What a sound. You can hear and see it on TV, but it does not come close to seeing it in person.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

You cannot help being moved when you see the Elizabeth Tower and hear Big Ben ringing out inside. It's got to be the most famous building in the world and it's fascinating to see that and along side the rest of the Palace of Westminster, Parliament Square, Westminster Abbey and Whitehall all around. The architecture is wonderful. Although very busy,... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Big Ben and Houses of Parliament is a must during your stay in London. With self guided (audio tours) available only on Saturdays, getting to see the Parliament, the House of Commons and House of Lords is great!! Historic building with the world' most famous clock. And if there is a session in progress, and if you are into politics,... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Definitely one of the most recognisable land marks in the world so its a must see. Very impressive up close the first time you see it. Also its close to other famous attractions so you can't miss it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Whenever I come and visit London, always have to go and see Big Ben! You must see in person to appreciate it in all it's beauty! Absolutely beautiful!

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Varese, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

The beautiful sound of the big ben bells gives you its wellcome to London. It is the real symbol of London

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Bristol, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Let's face it - it's a bell housed in a large tower on the shores of the Thames - but it's London in a snapshot! Westminster Tube station, exit and look behind you! Magnificent in sunshine, imposing in the rain. A fabulous London landmark!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

I happened to be working in the Westminster area and decided to have a walk around. Big Ben is such an amazing sight and you can't help but bask in its art I textural beauty and the history surrounding the tower. My recommendation would be walk around and see it from all angles as they each show some thing new

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

A must when in London. Absolutely beautiful clock tower and when the bells chime on the hour it's a spectacular. A landmark am never bored of popping up the westend to see!

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Perth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Probably one of a photographers dream and other people's if you love taking pictures. A Huge clock that looks on to the river Thames.

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