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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
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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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It's as beautiful as it looks in the pictures. Very central to many attractions. I had to get a picture with my favorite quarterbacks number. #7

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It's as beautiful as it looks in the pictures. Very central to many attractions. I had to get a picture with my favorite quarterbacks number. #7

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Even if you cannot take a lot of time at Big Ben make sure you are there when the bells rings. It is something you will never forget!

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I get there 15 minutes before 12 PM big ben ringing. It was very great experience I could imagine how was the sound very Important to British people in like 60 years ago. I opened Wikipedia to read more about the Big ben Tower and how they changed its name many times. I read more about when it was built... More 

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This London's landmark never cease to amaze all the tourists especially at the sunset and at night. It photographs so well and possibilities of taking pictures with this giant bell tower in the background are endless (the actual name is Elizabeth Tower). Maddening crowds of tourists and locals makes this place crazy but sooooooooo worth seeing! Do not miss it!

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Beautiful sight in a busy city! A must see landmark that draws a lot of people. It is just outside the tube station so it is easily accessed.

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Kids favorite fact to inform everyone following our London stay: Big Ben is actually the nickname of the bell inside the tower, the tower's proper name is Elizabeth Tower. Everyone must have a picture taken with it!

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It's a big gold famous clock in London which tells the time accurately and is legible from distance, what's there to dislike?

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You don't actually see Big Ben, you see the Elizabeth 11 time piece and I understand Big Ben is one of the beels

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What a stunning building the architechture is beyond fabulous it is a very imposing but friendly building very busy in this area but worth the visit

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One of the classical sights associated with London and a great piece of architecture. Stunning. Great viewed from many angles.

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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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