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Address: Elizabeth Tower - Houses of Parliament | Westminster, London SW1A 0AA, England
Phone Number:
+44 20 7219 3000
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No

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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Seeing history at first hand

A fascinating and unique visit to the most iconic clock in the world, climbing the stairs and looking Big Ben face to face was inspiring

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A fascinating and unique visit to the most iconic clock in the world, climbing the stairs and looking Big Ben face to face was inspiring

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Big ben is a nice place to handout. There are street vendors and tons off people walking around the city. Just a real cool spot for tourists.

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Iv visited London a few times and I always love getting to see Big Ben. Always looks great and is something you can stand and look at for awhile. Loads of things to do around the area such as boat trip and the London Eye. Can't wait to visit again.

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When you are preparing your trip to London, one of the first sightseeing places you want to visit is... Big Ben. Everybody knows it, everybody heard about it. When you have such high expectations it's always difficult to keep them after the actual visit, but Big Ben kills it. You want to take pictures over and over, and over and... More 

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We went to see Big Ben and the houses of parliaments. Astounding. I found them better than Buckingham palace. Amazing lit up at night. I wished we had booked tickets to go in it looks fab. A must see

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Lovely view of Big Ben. The most visual part of London for me and the one that people always want a photo with. Very nice and a great tourist destination.

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Great to see in the flesh, very busy place to be. Great to hear it chime so close, details on the clock & houses of parliament is incredible.

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I was so excited to see Big Ben and hear its bong - wasn't disappointed. And yes we took a selfie in front of Big Ben what a memory. Don't miss it as it is part of London.

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Excellent Place to visit, must visit with your family, bit cold but rest everything was nice. Recommended

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Loved seeing g Big Ben and hearing it..totally different to seeing it on the tv.the dong noise was lovely to listen too.cant wait to see it again

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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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