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Big Ben

| Elizabeth Tower - Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London SW1A 0AA, England
+44 20 7219 3000
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Elizabeth Tower is the name of the famous clock tower which stands at the Houses of Parliament. The name Big Ben is often used to describe the tower, the clock and the bell but the name was first given to the Great Bell. The Elizabeth Tower was completed in 1859 and the Great Clock started on 31 May. The Great Bell's strikes were heard for the first time on 11 July and the quarter bells first chimed on 7 September. All visits to Big Ben and the Elizabeth Tower tours are now suspended due to refurbishment with the last tour having taken place on 16 December 2016. Tours are scheduled to resume in early 2020 once the work is complete. Visitors can still book tickets for a number of other tours at the Houses of Parliament which take place on Saturdays throughout the year and on weekdays during Parliamentary recesses.
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| Elizabeth Tower - Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London SW1A 0AA, England
+44 20 7219 3000
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Reviewed January 4, 2017

On our first day we took the tube from South Kensington to the Westminster stop. Walking out of the station Big Ben and the houses of Parliament were the first things we saw. It was an amazing way to start our English adventure.

Thank Jason T
Reviewed January 4, 2017 via mobile

Was there recently with the family and all of us enjoyed seeing and visiting the landmark location of London Try and visiting the green witch museum and learn some science

1  Thank sundeep67
Reviewed January 4, 2017

have seen this building many times growing up in London but still everytime i see it at night I am amazed by the beauty such a lovely view to experience also great for a cheeky piccy :)

Thank Rosie B
Reviewed January 4, 2017

We managed to acquire some London Fireworks tickets and we were able to see Big Ben from a short distance away. Up close The clock tower looked awe-inspiring. I wasn't quite sure of the green glow but it did look cool.

Thank Mark J
Reviewed January 4, 2017

have seen it so many times, never gets old though. Open tour bus is best way to see it and take pictures without having to dodge the mass of people!

Thank Graffikki W
Reviewed January 4, 2017 via mobile

So, you must go to Big Ben.. any time and weather. One icon from London. Always is crowded but you always find a space to take a good pic!

Thank Julia G
Reviewed January 4, 2017

This iconic landmark is a must-see in London, however only British citizens are allowed inside. Close to tens of other great places.

1  Thank Igor G
Reviewed January 3, 2017

Great to visit for any age, Kids loved viewing it multiple times when we were in London, great photo location :)

1  Thank NicSyriotis
Reviewed January 3, 2017

We saw Big Ben which is the clock, not the tower its on in London. We passed by it while on the grayline tour in September 2013. Didn't get off, but got a pretty good view while sitting up top in the open air part...More

1  Thank mariedesjardins
Reviewed January 3, 2017 via mobile

As expected. The amazing clock is wonderful. Nice when you have a walk through Leicester Square trafalgar square Westminster and the river side.

1  Thank Delphine L
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
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Unknown U
August 19, 2017|
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Response from Bob155042 | Reviewed this property |
Hello I'm not sure but there was scaffolding up when we were there mid Aug and tour guy was saying that the bell won't be ringing for four years while under the coming construction.
August 11, 2017|
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Response from The_Traveling_Bubbs | Reviewed this property |
Hello, We would say taking the train is your best bet. The Tube (Underground) is an easy to move around the city. Unfortunately all tourist places are not nearby Big Ben. All the major landmarks are spread out around the... More
Pooja M
June 27, 2017|
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Response from neeraj2boby | Reviewed this property |
yes and no.... almost whole of the main city...