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Big Ben

Elizabeth Tower - Houses of Parliament | Westminster, London SW1A 0AA, England
+44 20 7219 3000
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Ranked #23 of 1,041 attractions in London
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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... more » 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. « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

I had seen Big Ben from a distance on a previous European vacation, but it was even more impressive seeing it up close. If you walk to it across the Westminster Bridge, you can get some really great pictures. We didn't get to hear it chime, but I'm told it's quite loud. Big Ben is one of the essential, iconic,... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Big ben was an awesome experience, Coming out of Westminster station and seeing it standing there in its magnificence was truly amazing. The building signified to me that this I have finally seen London.

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This is a must see in London. Looking at Big Ben just never gets old. It was one of my very favorite sights in London!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

One of the greatest "monuments" of the world" with Parliament House on one side and river Thames in the other

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Holland, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

It is the famous place in England where travel should go. It like the culture in London, and it is so nice

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW via mobile

I have been to London at least five times, and every time I HAD to see this beautiful landmark both in daylight and during a glorious London evening. Best to go on a weekday to steer clear of the local and tourist crowds. Take lots of photos...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Must see in London, daytime and night time. Just dont try the luck with the ball-cup guessing game on the bridge, they have some false tourist coming and playing as a fake demonstration to encourage other people to play. It seems easy to make some money, but they are professionals.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Big Ben is like one thing I don't believe until you see it. Around it you can see London Eye, Westminster Abbey, works of great value too. I recommend his visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

C'mon - it's Big Ben. Gotta see it. It's also the Houses of Parliament and along the Thames. Across the river, it is the London Eye. You have to do it once and take a picture.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Well you cant visit London and not cram in the likes of big ben. Its a fantastic icon of London and the tv really doesn't do it justice. Beautiful architecture. Worth a look!

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