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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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So neat to see when you emerge from the tube station! Best photos are from across the bridge. You'll be in awe at how big it is!

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

So neat to see when you emerge from the tube station! Best photos are from across the bridge. You'll be in awe at how big it is!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

Well, it was interesting to find out the clock is not really Big Ben. It's actually the bells inside the clock. But how can you go to London and not see Big Ben? Or whatever the clock's name is.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

What strikes me most about Big Ben is commuters' inability to use it to check the time! Whenever I walk to the office in London, I always glance up at it, and yet I see hundreds - thousands - of other workers checking their phones for the time instead. Big Ben reminds among the most impressive structures I've ever seen... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

It is like a visit to Paris (must get an Eiffel Tower Picture); you cannot go home without a picture of Big Ben. Most dramatic shots ... on the bridge or from the far side of the Thames. More good shots from the little park with the statues of Churchill and Smuts. If you can; plan to do a night... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Obviously if visiting London you must make the effort to do a "time check" or even a selfie with this in the back. (:

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Great to see it both day and night from either side of the River Thames. Be sure to be around when the clock bells chime!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

To see Big Ben live is always a breathtaking moment - during day or night. There are always a lot of people and take care on your personal belongings.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

i have only ever seen Big Ben on tv and you cant see how beautiful and colourful this building really is until you have seen it in the flesh so to speak.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

It is an amazing sight up front. Towering above everything in the vicinity. We saw the Big Ben from the London Eye and it looks elegant! A pleasure to watch!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

After seeing this iconic monument so many times in so many movies, its amazing seeing it for yourself. There are many ways and angles to get and see this also place. We approached our from the opposite side of river, and slowly took it in. While crossing the Westminster bridge you get amazing pictures and views of Big Ben. This... 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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