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Big Ben

Address: Elizabeth Tower - Houses of Parliament | Westminster, London SW1A 0AA, England (Westminster)
Phone Number: +44 20 7219 3000
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Type: Landmarks & points of interest, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: No
Owner description: Elizabeth Tower is the name of the famous tower of Parliament - more...
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Type: Landmarks & points of interest, Sights & Landmarks
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 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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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

If you write to your local MP you can book this free, friendly and interesting tour. We also were treated to lunch, tour of the Commons and Lords afterwards. Extremely worthwhile but does take some planning asking your MP to be placed on the tour lists. You place is allocated to a specific day.

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Dumfries, Scotland, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Big ben is an interesting site but u turn a corner and it's there and that's u seen it.So it's nice to see but pretty boring after that.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Booked a tour to go up the tower via local MP (it's free but had to wait a year). Such a great experience seeing the clock faces from behind SNX the clock mechanism and the bells of course. Ear plugs included.

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Gillingham, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

He's the best clock in the world very famous a sight to be seen on New Years eve with his bright yellow face and all the colourful fireworks flashin off around him He stands strong it's a sight to be seen and a lot of steps and bricks

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South Wales
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Thanks to my MP, I was invited to a tour of The Houses of Parliament and the iconic Big Ben! A tough climb, but well-guided and plenty of chances to catch your breath. The experience itself, the narration from the official tour guide and a chance to see 'Big Ben' itself chime (very loud!) whilst standing behind one of of... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

One of the best things about Big Ben is obviously it's famous chime. Go on the hour to hear this it's iconic :)

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Appleby-in-Westmorland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

One of the main reasons in going to London was to get a picture of big ben, which we managed. It is the name of the bell, which we heard and although there isn't much to see, it's an iconic sight.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

It was so much fun to see this. It is right in the middle of everything. The Eye of London, Parliament, Westminster, the schools, shops, and so much more. It was interesting to see how ornate the lights around the entire area were like the crown and all. It was so clean around here.

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Oslo, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

A great and pretty symbol of London. A must-see while in London. Just as you would have picture it. It is easy to get to by subway and honestly passing by in a tour-bus is good enough look.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Big Ben is a must watch iconic destination in London and is close to London Eye. Beware of the Thugs near Big Ben who try to induce tourist with tricky games for 20 Pound. Good time to visit during day time followed by a London Eye.

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