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“Best of Britain”
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Big Ben
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Private Tour: Big Ben to Covent Garden Tour in London
Ranked #5 of 1,591 things to do in London
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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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“Best of Britain”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2013

Only in England, part of history, wonderful architecture, unique landmark, tourists love it, Brits are proud of it

Visited January 2013
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“pictures don't do it justice”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2013

As my title says the pictures don't do this marvel justice, but you can't help but take a picture every single time you see or pass it. The sky is always going to be different or the sun hitting it at a different angle. I would guess this is one of the most photographed things in the world- I'd estimate we took 100 pictures of it in three days.

Visited March 2013
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“An absolute must while in London”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2013

Facing straight at you when exiting Westminster tube station, this tower is absolute must while in London, jut to get a few shots or to go on a river, Despite the freezing cold weather, we managed to get a few shots and then headed towards Trafalgar square. If you're visiting Big Ben soon and the temperatures are this low, don't go on a river cruise.

Visited March 2013
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“Icon of London - Experienced Underwhelmingly Quickly”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2013

Having stayed at a hotel in Westminster, my girlfriend and I passed by Big Ben (now Elizabeth Tower) countless times during our holiday in London in November 2012. The hourly chime always served to remind us of our being in London!

Seeing it for ourselves the first time, we felt that the tower looked shorter than we imagined it to be, but were nevertheless impressed by the amount of detail and craftsmanship that went into its construction.On a clear day, Big Ben is also very beautiful set against the blue sky.

15 minutes is more than enough to take all the photos you want of this icon of London, making Big Ben somewhat of a 'something to see along the way' rather than an attraction to visit. That being said, it's close to Westminster Abbey, which most people will probably visit.

Good points:
- Hard to miss once you're in central Westminster.
- Many good spots for photo-taking.
- Hourly chimes contribute to the atmosphere.

Bad points:
- Unfortunately, it is not possible for tourists to visit the inside of the Big Ben. UK residents, however, can apparently file a request with their MP to visit.
- Feels somewhat underwhelming to just spend 5 - 10 minutes seeing something that is so central to London's identity and simply moving on to somewhere else afterwards.

- Spend some time around the area to visit (even if it's just passing by) the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. It really helps you soak in London's heritage.

Visited November 2012
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2013

Its just an amazing experience! I mean I have been to many places and attractions but none were nice as the Big Ben! We went there by walk and as we saw it, we were amazed by the rich history of the building! It is great for taking photos :) And I even had the chance to see It light up AT night...AMAZING!

Visited May 2012
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