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Big Ben
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$46.60*
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Westminster to Covent Garden Tour in London
Ranked #21 of 1,913 things to do in London
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Temporarily Closed 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 May 20, 2015

Its always great to visit at dawn while walking by the Thames. Its one of the most visited place at london.

Thank Sumit S
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Reviewed May 20, 2015

Big Ben is everything you thought! Fantastic sight either from the Thames, footpath of the London Eye.

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Reviewed May 20, 2015

Big Ben is not really an attraction, just an icon you take pictures of and check off your bucket list as seeing. ****Spoiler alert*** Never knew Big Ben is not the clock, but the bell. Live and learn while travelling.

Thank Cathy H
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Reviewed May 20, 2015

There is a reason it is called 'Big Ben'. It is officially the Great Bell of Elizabeth Tower (the former Clock Tower was renamed Elizabeth Tower in honour of The Queen on the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee in 2012). It is the bell which sounds the famous 'bongs' on the hour every hour.
The name 'Big Ben' now also means for most people the clock with its four huge faces, but if you believe it refers to the whole tower I am afraid you are wrong.
The reason for the name? Some say it is after Benjamin Caunt, a famous Heavyweight boxer but most agree it is after Sir Benjamin Hall who, as the first Commissioner of Works, oversaw the installation of the bell.This does seem likely as his name is inscribed on it.
The bell is over 7 feet tall and over 9 feet wide. It was cast in 1858 at Whitechapel Bell Foundry (which I am due to visit and review soon) and weighs over 13 tons. It replaced an ill-fated earlier bell cast in Stockton-On-Tees which cracked beyond repair during testing.
I saw the tower and clock from the front top deck of a routemaster bus yesterday evening and it is tastefully lit at that time of day. I was also close up to it during a recent private visit to the Palace of Westminster.
British citizens, after applying through their Member of Parliament and waiting patiently for several months, may take a tour involving the climb to the top of the tower to see the bells and the interior and workings of the clocks.

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Reviewed May 20, 2015

The first thing when you step foot out of Westminister Underground. Thrilling and exciting to see the iconic Big Ben.

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