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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 1,098 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 August 21, 2014 NEW

The best things are sometimes free. You have to apply via your local MP and therefore be a UK resident, but it is well worth building a day trip to London around this experience. The climb up the 334 steps is no problem and our guide was very enthusiastic and informative. You get to look at the clock and bell... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

I happened to walk by last year, it looked pretty at the end of the bridge. There were so many people around which made it difficult to get a clear photo etc but it was still nice to see :) Worth a look - one of the "landmarks" of London!

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Conwy, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

We were lucky enough to have a tour inside Elizabeth Tower and climb the 334 steps to the belfry to hear BIG BEN chime at noon. Thank goodness they supplied ear defenders. We walked behind the clock face and saw how it was lit by candles so many years ago

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

I took a tour inside Big Ben and was able to stand behind the clock face and then up at the very top at midday for the bell ringing. It was an amazing experience, very friendly and knowledgeable tour guide and brilliant views from the top of the tower. I would highly recommend a trip up Big Ben to everybody!

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

An imposing structure this is a must see on your visit to London. Try & time it to hear it on the hour.

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Newport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Make sure you see it at night all lit up it's spectacular! Everyone likes to have a picture taken with Big Ben in the background! And there's nothing quite like the sound of the striking of Big Ben!

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Have been watched on TV and movies .. when you walk from londay eye .. you see it and it lives upto expectation Worth visiting for a walk around

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

It was absolutely Beautiful. It was my first time to London so the architecture was amazing and I truly enjoyed the experience. The Best pictures come from the London eye while the sun is setting so you can see it, in all its Glory.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Yah, you get the true feeing of being in London the moment you come to see it, don't miss taking a picture of yourself, choose that corner were the Big Ben and one of those old red telephone cabinet are your background,,, you will love it

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

When in London, you must swing by Westminster and have a look at Big Ben. It's even more impressive in real life than in the pictures and a worthy photo opportunity;-) I would recommend going in the evening, as the view with the setting sun is really beautiful and the crowds slightly more manageable.

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