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“Take a tour inside and see 'Big Ben - the bell' not just the tower from outside”
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Big Ben
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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.
Reviewed June 17, 2014

If you are a resident of the UK - please do take advantage and see inside.
See http://www.parliament.uk/visiting/visiting-and-tours/tours-of-parliament/bigben/
for details.
(Unfortunately - 6 month in advance booking as so popular)
The tour guide I had was enthusiastic and knowledgeable. It was well worth the 334 steps to the bell - a tour I will remember for a very long time and will no doubt repeat, if I can with any future visitors to our house. A high light was walking 'behind' the four faces of the clock - seeing the hands silluetted in reverse behind the milky white glass.
Also nipped across to see the house of commons in action and the wonderful St Stephen's and Westminster halls. With a stop for a scone and a cup of tea on a beautiful day - what could be better?!!

Thank Wildegoose
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Reviewed June 17, 2014

Wonderful, beautiful site to lay your eyes on, just amazing up close, pictures don't do it justice, definitely something to see once, across the street from the tube, or take one of many hop on hop off buses. Even busy on weekdays!
Westmiinster Abbey across the street and Buckingham Palace a 5-10 minute walk threw a beautiful park.

Thank tammyBaltimore_Md
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Reviewed June 17, 2014

Great architecture and The clock tower looks spectacular at night when the four clock faces are illuminated.

2  Thank Joycelyn23
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Reviewed June 17, 2014

There are sights within cities that define the city. memorable sights that instantly identify the city and the clock tower at one end of the Houses of Parliament is one of these. Commonly known as Big Ben this striking clock tower stands overlooking the River Thames. Built in the 1860's Big Ben is actually the bell within the clock but for well over a century now the clock and tower itself has fashioned the name. A must see for any London visitor and quite amazing is seen from the London Eye. Listen out for the chimes and watch for the London buses flying by. It can only mean you are in the English capital, London.

Thank SteveJacksonnufc
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Reviewed June 17, 2014

All I have to do is walk by or look at it from a distant and I feel peaceful and content. It has survived bombing raids and still stands as a symbol of Britain to me.

Thank Binky_610
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