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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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Be careful if you are crossing Westminster Bridge. There are lots of people there and it is not the best view anyway. Travel a little farther from Big Ben and get pictures from... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

Be careful if you are crossing Westminster Bridge. There are lots of people there and it is not the best view anyway. Travel a little farther from Big Ben and get pictures from there. You can do London Eye, Parliament, Big Ben, and Westminster Abbey all at the same time as they are in very close proximity to each other.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

Legendary Big Ben, worth taking the time to see it up close, from far... All the surrounding area is immaculately kept.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

I took my son, Ben, to see Big Ben for the first time. We had a great debate about what Big Ben actually is. I think it is the big bell but it is now commonly the reference to the clock and the clock tower itself. We left convinced the big bell, officially known as the Great Bell, is nicknamed... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

Big Ben is an imponent building on the Houses of Parliament. It is a symbol of London and its visit (or just passing by) is recommended.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

It is a very large clock, which is absolutely beautiful, full of history, well worth a visit, you can't go to London without seeing Big Ben, stunning building.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

After seeing this historical icon in so many movies, it was pure pleasure to be up close and personal with this magnificent structure!!! I loved it all. Seeing it from the bridge, being up close, seeing it from the London Eye. Just am amazing area! A must see!!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

Obviously one of the main attractions in London. It's far more impressive in real life than in/on pictures/films/TV. Larger and more aesthetic than expected.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

Walk along the Themse an look at the beautifaul House of Parliament with the famous tower. It's a must see even though it's "just" a building".

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

On a great summers day, Big Ben looked as iconic as ever. Photos being taken of this wonderful landmark; crowds stopping to take in the stunning sight of the most famous clock tower in the world - can't be missed!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

Its located in Westminster. I've always heard about it many times and seen it on TV but it's way better in person. Pretty iconic landmark.

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Address: Elizabeth Tower - Houses of Parliament | Westminster, London SW1A 0AA, England
Phone Number: +44 20 7219 3000
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Westminster

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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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