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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 #22 of 1,084 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 July 24, 2014 NEW

You can't visit London without passing through the House of Parliament and looking up to have the first view of the Big Ben :) it's really amazing specially when you can have multiple view of it and the best of all is from The London eye...

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Long Island, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Architecture of both landmarks are amazing. Big Ben is amazing all lit up at night. Got to hear Big Ben at Noon time as well!!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Big Ben. The name alone conjures up images of bowler hats, brollies and Burberry. It is synonymous with Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square and the Crown Jewels in that it is representative of all that is British. No visit to the U.K. and indeed, to London, is complete without a jaunt to see Big Ben. Follow it up with High Tea... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

If you are in London and have not come here to visit this magnificent and awesome BIG BEN iconic landmark, you are as good as not visited London! It is lovely and is architectural design is so beautiful that is beyond words can describe. Unless you visit here and see it personally, no way any pictures or photos of Big... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Big Ben is one of the most notable icons in London and is simply a must. It is breathtakingly beautiful especially when you hear it chime.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Big Ben is amazing...and so glad that I FINALLY got to see it in person! This is a London-visitor-MUST-see...and quite frankly, I can't imagine how you would miss it unless you were on an alien-visit-from Mars or something...and didn't leave your spaceship!

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Ewa Beach Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

OK, if this is not on your "things to see in London" list I'm not sure what else is...Big Ben is just something you must see in person. While there, you can see Parliment and the London eye all at the same time. If you are taking a bus tour-get off here and take a good look around You won't... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Its crowded on the pavements around Big Ben, but there is plenty of opportunity to pose for a photo on the bridge or from the roundabout on the other side, depending on the position of the sun. Its a classic London tourist pic, and get there on one of the quarter hours so you can hear the bells.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This building every time I see it I take photos! Stunning architecture. Great setting, shame about so many tourists!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The news is right if you have been reading about Big Ben. If you are not a UK resident, you cannot go up in Big Ben. So, we were content to just walk around it. One perspective that is really awesome if you can do it is seeing Big Ben from the London Eye. It was awesome getting pictures from... More

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