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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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On the must see attraction list when visiting London. Make sure you stick around for and listen to Big Ben as it marks off each hour. The closest tube station is... read more

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Yes, when you are in London it's a must see (the tower with its famous clock) and hear (the chimes including Big Ben). But once you've done your selfie that's it. However a short walk brings you to several great parks or other tourist venues, so yes go, just don't expect to spend long there.

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On the must see attraction list when visiting London. Make sure you stick around for and listen to Big Ben as it marks off each hour. The closest tube station is Westminister Station and when you get out just cross the street. To get other views of Big Ben walk down the bridge and take a photo from over the... More 

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A must see-sure. Something to spend a ton of time viewing-not so much. So take that pic of your spouse coming out of the Red Telephone Booth with Big Ben in the back and then head to Westminster Abby.

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Big Ben is one of the more famous monuments in london.there are some things that if you're touring a selected area you must see no matter what. This is one of them

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So nice to be at the Big Ben. Loved being there as it is such an iconic place in London. Must see!!!

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A very famous place... Awesome for taking pictures... Specially from bridge... Evening is the best time to visit... Must visit in london!!

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Wow the site of big Ben is a lot more majestic then the statue of liberty. If you want to go see it don't it soon because the will be covering it to clean and repair. So you won't see if for 3 years. London is a great holiday

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If you're in the area, you can't miss it! Such an icon, even from a distance, it just a large clock tower over parliament, but worth seeing and hearing it!

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Icon of London I insist on visiting every time I am in London feels like an old friend has welcomed me back at each visit. Love the buzz it gives our foreign visitors too when they see it for the first time. Tip- walk towards it from over the bridge for the best views

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One of London's marquee attractions. Much better in person than in pictures. We saw it for the first time at night and it's fabulous. Hearing the bells ring is a real bonus. It's going under a major restoration soon and will be under scaffold so don't wait.

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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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