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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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The architecture is really nice and the feeling that one is standing beside the very icon of London is also nice, but I found the rest of the parliament building more interesting... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

The architecture is really nice and the feeling that one is standing beside the very icon of London is also nice, but I found the rest of the parliament building more interesting, especially when seen from the south shore of the Thames.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

I had always wanted to see the Big Ben in person. When we went to London to see this beautiful land mark it was so beautiful and much bigger than what I thought. One of my favorite land marks!! Can't wait to go back and see everything again. London is absolutely beautiful!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

I could see Ben from my hotel lobby and it was impressive. After a few steps I was at the base of this icon. Wiggle your way around the throngs of tourists vying for selfie space. Take the time to walk around all of the public spaces and if you are able, do the tour.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

How can anybody say anything negative about big ben?! It's what makes London, London! Great to be stood right next to it as it starts chinning :)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

This is a must see in London. In reality it is not more than a very nice bell tower. Unfortunately there is no chance to climb on it. However the entire area with Westminster, the abbey, Downing Street and Scotland Yard is worth to have a nice walk.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

I am not really sure why Big Ben is one of my favorite landmarks in London, but it is. Maybe it is its size, maybe it is the location. But whatever the reason, I still enjoy seeing it even after my sixth trip to London.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

The colour of the building glistens in the sunshine almost gold in colour, it was great to see such a world wide renowned iconic building in a great area steeped in history

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

The shear size of Ben is absolutely breathtaking. If you happen to be there at midnight like we were by chance, the lights of Ben turn off with the chimes going so loud you can feel them in your chest. It was truly an amazing experience and one I will never forget.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Wounderfull site. Just waiting for the bell is worth the journey. I suggest going in winter to the ice staking ring then on the London eye where you can over see big Ben and the beautiful Christmas tree next to it .

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Right at 5:00 pm and Big Ben rang out the hours...Although Big Ben is the misnomer given to this tower by most...it is actually The Elizabeth Tower, the famous tower of Parliament. Big Ben is actually the nickname of the bell housed within the Elizabeth Tower - and Big Ben's official name is the Great Bell. Anyway, get there and... More 

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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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