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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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Big Ben is a timeless symbol of London. It is very accessible to see via the Hop On Hop Off bus or a self guided walking tour.

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Big Ben is a timeless symbol of London. It is very accessible to see via the Hop On Hop Off bus or a self guided walking tour.

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I love it and I couldn't take my eyes off of it. if you are traveling to UK, then this place is a "must see" place.

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Very impressive to see "live" the symbol of London. Note that you can only observe it from the street as tourists have no access inside the building (only members of the parlement). So don't plan any length of time to visit the Big Ben; you will pass in front of it many times while staying in London.

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St Stephens Tower housing Big Ben is a very imposing building. So big when up close and when the clock strikes it is very loud. It is a lovely building and takes you breath away when you see it.

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I went to London in May and hadn't planned on seeing Big Ben. Didn't think much of it at all. Was in that area and strolled over to take a look anyway. When I got to the foot of the tower and looked up, I was actually overwhelmed by it. It is truly remarkable.

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Such a fantastic place, beautiful to take pictures during the day or at night. Definitely wanna go back there again when possible! :)

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Excellent this one of the main sigjts to see if you go to london we went with national holidays which transported us into central london our drop off was just in front of big ben so did not have use public transport really excellent sight

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Great sight, next to House of Parliament. We chose not to take the London eye, as one of our number feels sick when travelling at height

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Big Ben part of the houses of Parliament looks great in the backdrop of your selfies. Big Ben is the name of the enormous bell within the clock tower. Westminster tube station is next to the houses of parliament. Lots of the main attractions can be seen from this stop. London eye on embankment opposite.

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Took the subway to the Westminster station and as I exited the station Big Ben was just across the street in all its marvel. Seeing it in person was well worth taking the time.

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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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