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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 11 October 2016

"Big Ben" is not just arguably London's most iconic view, that would be too limiting a description and would not do it appropriate justice. Hearing the chimes especially in the late evening or early morning when all else is (relatively) quiet is equally as enjoyable...More

Thank owsphil
Reviewed 11 October 2016

Take the bus tour (plenty of them) and make sure you stop at Big Ben and walk around. It is an amazing site, always crowded though. Make sure you take pictures with the London Eye that is near by.

1  Thank Sam S
Reviewed 11 October 2016

everyone should see big ben! is a great building in a great city! im happy i came in london! was fantastic

1  Thank andreea a
Reviewed 10 October 2016

If you need a hotel near Big Ben, I would suggest the Park Plaza Riverbank hotel. This is a 15min walk to Westminster bridge which is where you will get an excellent view of Big Ben.

1  Thank Joan D
Reviewed 10 October 2016

Big Ben is probably the most recognized landmark in the world, and surely enough at least the most famous clock around! It's a real icon of London and alongside the Houses of Parliament, makes for terrific photography both upfront and from afar. The architecture is...More

1  Thank Shawn B
Reviewed 10 October 2016

Big Ben is very impressive in person and if you can catch it on the hour, you must! Great photos! I recommend to get hear via the hop on hop off bus.

1  Thank GoncalvesJM
Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

We were lucky enough to have a beautiful sunny day. Weather was perfect and the experience was overwhelming.

Thank Greg P
Reviewed 10 October 2016

So great to take a stroll from Buckingham Palace to Parliament and Big Ben. This iconic clock does not disappoint.

1  Thank Kenneth G
Reviewed 10 October 2016

Actually worth going over there. A well spent day out with family and alone if you wish to go.love the night lights. The on going work going was bit distracting.

Thank coolaashish
Reviewed 10 October 2016

This monument is not the most beautiful in London but it's without a doubt the most representative of London's architecture.

1  Thank Jimmy C
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
19 August 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.
11 August 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
27 June 2017|
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Response from neeraj2boby | Reviewed this property |
yes and no.... almost whole of the main city...