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Address: Elizabeth Tower - Houses of Parliament | Westminster, London SW1A 0AA, England
Phone Number: +44 20 7219 3000
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No
Description: Elizabeth Tower is the name of the famous tower of Parliament - more...
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.
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Oh the Big Ben. So amazing the first time I saw it. Still amazing the next few times I saw it again. Just mesmerizing. A must see in London!

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Oh the Big Ben. So amazing the first time I saw it. Still amazing the next few times I saw it again. Just mesmerizing. A must see in London!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

it's so beautiful that I can't breathe when we look Big Ben and Houses of Parliament at the first sight.I wonder it is too happy to work in the building.Do you agree with me?

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Big, Strong and Reliable. Internationally recognised symbol of London. A must see on any London tour.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

This is one of those things that you just have to see when you come to London. Even if you don't find it interesting for whatever reason, it's an icon that will not take more than a few minutes of your visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Big Ben is brilliant. You see it on the TV all the time and it's amazing to stand in it's shadows. Definitely worth a stroll by

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Looks much bigger up close, look around, the Parliament , London Eye and the Thames are in the vicinity. Always crowded and very very secure.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Perhaps you can climb it, but we listened to it chime a few times, as it's close to Westminster and not far from Trafalgar Square. Just being it's shadow was impressive enough.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

I can't help but think of Peter Pan flying around Big Ben. It's pretty awesome to see in person and riverside with Parliament behind Westminster Abbey. Head to the Westminster Bridge for a great photo-op of Big Ben (Elizabeth Tower) and the London Eye on the River Thames. Pretty neat if you can catch it when the Bell chimes, wonderful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

This lovely landmark can be easily accessed by the underground station Westminster which is right under it. It is on the other side of where London Eye is placed with a river between them. It is lovely to be around all year around.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

We all heard about "London" and "Big Ben" before well me and my boyfriend took a trip to London last year and the great value of Bug Ben was enchanting it was totally crazy. Because a lot of tourists were here it was amazing and you'll have a lot of fun!!!

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Address: Elizabeth Tower - Houses of Parliament | Westminster, London SW1A 0AA, England
Phone Number: +44 20 7219 3000
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Westminster

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If you only had an afternoon to experience London on a grand scale, Westminster would be a wise place to start. The ornate Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey sit adjacent at a corner of Parliament Square, and a short stroll along The Mall leads to Buckingham Palace. Trafalgar Square and Nelson's Column are just up the road as well. As captivating as the architecture is, the wonders of Mother Nature are highlights of the area too. St James's Park (arguably London's loveliest), the expansive Green Park, and pedestrian friendly tree lined paths along the river showcase the exquisite manicure provided by English gardeners. Just beyond the landmarks and the gorgeous outdoor spaces, quiet residential squares and age old local pubs offer a more subdued take on this global seat of power in the heart of London.
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