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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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just walking around London you have to get pictures with the Big Ben! definitely worth the walk! Wish i could have gotten some pictures at night!

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

just walking around London you have to get pictures with the Big Ben! definitely worth the walk! Wish i could have gotten some pictures at night!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Was just pass by but the building looks lovely & trust me many view and visit it each day.would recommend people to visit it more often if time permits

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seattlelover317
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

We always wanted to see Big Ben in person. It's breathtaking. We went on a tour and were told it's now called Queen Elizabeth Tower lol. It will always be Big Ben to me.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

The clock tower just soars above other edifices in the area. The best part is when it chimes on the hour. Be there with your videocam when that happens. It's really cool!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

nice building, but thats all, cant tell anyting about it, becaus i did not get in . nice sound of the bell

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Its always great to visit at dawn while walking by the Thames. Its one of the most visited place at london.

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Eden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Big Ben is everything you thought! Fantastic sight either from the Thames, footpath of the London Eye.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Big Ben is not really an attraction, just an icon you take pictures of and check off your bucket list as seeing. ****Spoiler alert*** Never knew Big Ben is not the clock, but the bell. Live and learn while travelling.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

There is a reason it is called 'Big Ben'. It is officially the Great Bell of Elizabeth Tower (the former Clock Tower was renamed Elizabeth Tower in honour of The Queen on the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee in 2012). It is the bell which sounds the famous 'bongs' on the hour every hour. The name 'Big Ben' now also... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

The first thing when you step foot out of Westminister Underground. Thrilling and exciting to see the iconic Big Ben.

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