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Address: Elizabeth Tower - Houses of Parliament | Westminster, London SW1A 0AA, England
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+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 stands out on the city and cant be missed. I enjoyed my visit over there. The night views across the river are worth taking a look as well

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It stands out on the city and cant be missed. I enjoyed my visit over there. The night views across the river are worth taking a look as well

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Big Ben is so amazing in person. It is definitely worth visiting if in London. One of the highlights of my trip.

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London, United Kingdom
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Beautiful piece of artwork, one of Londons real must-see attractions. You could stare at it for hours thinking your contemplating something quite exceptional. The visit is more than necessary to taste the flavour of the city at its best.

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This was our first time visiting Elizabeth Tower (Big Ben) There were a lot of people there who were mostly tourist just like we were. Have a great time. Wonderful weather. A must see.

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I still remember walking out of the tube station and looking up to see Big Ben. There was a huge crowd so it was difficult to navigate around and take pictures, but we were able to go back there New Year's Eve right before the fireworks (tickets required) and captured great photos. It is a must see if you visit... More 

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Livingston, United Kingdom
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You can't go to London and not see Big Ben, even if you're just passing through. Literally right outside the Westminister tube stop - you walk out the door of the tube station and there it is. Convenient to get to, so definitely worth a visit!

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Big Ben, one of the most famous landmarks in the world, truly remarkable. I prefer to visit at night for the wonderful lights that brighten up the clock and gives you some great photo opportunities.

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Very nice to walk and see all the besutiful billding around the big ben.The tower features 4 7m clock faces each face contains 312 pieces of white glass and a total of 48 1m figures

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It would not have been a trip to London if we were not able to see Big Ben. Planning for this site is a must. You only have access during certain times of the year. We were not able to make it but to see and hear it was amazing.

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It really is worth walking to Westminster Bridge and getting a photograph of Big Ben from the Embankment. One of those snapshots that you take and look back on with fond memories of a real London icon and so famous throughout the world. If you wander down to the Houses of Parliament to see Big Ben, I would really urge... More 

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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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