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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
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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 most famous clock in the world!

The well-known clock and the English parliament just next to it make a beautiful sight that one has to see when in London, whether by day or by night!

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

The well-known clock and the English parliament just next to it make a beautiful sight that one has to see when in London, whether by day or by night!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

To take a forever picture and put it in the main room´s house as well as hung the framed picture in a special place of your office.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

If you are visiting London for the first time then this has to be on your ticklist of places to visit / see. personally I think the best view is when crossing the Westminster bridge (which is quite handy if your train arrives at Waterloo)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

VERY IMPRESSIVE clock and history. Big Ben construction as well as the rest of the palace the detail is awesome.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

What's there to say about the houses of parliament other than it's a marvel. Always nice to see good architecture made out of stone.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Who doesn’t know Big Ben, the clock tower that has become the symbol of the London? Big Ben is the name for the bell inside the clock tower. It is a bit crowed during the day at the Houses of Parliament so we walked along the Thames River and had a spectacular views of Big Ben at night all illuminated... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

What a beautiful building, full of character and history. Learned a lot here that we did not know. Worth the walk.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Beautiful architecture and so much history. We did not want to move from here. Lots of crowds and jostling for a photo but still fun.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We visited London for the day on the Northern Belle. Part of the trip was a cruise up the Thames sightseeing all of the attractions including restaurants, Big Ben, Westminster plus many buildings of historical interest. The guide described each area and building as we passed and slowed down on occasion to discuss further. It was a surprise to note... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Amazing view of Big Ben and Parliament when you walk from Westminster Tube station. Recommend visit.

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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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