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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 13 June 2014

This is an iconic landmark of London that should be seen. It is there with parliament and Westminster abbey so everyone will likely be by there.

Thank Mark L
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Reviewed 12 June 2014

Our hotell was on the other side of the river. After a 2 minute walk and turning right.

i remember walking across the bridge on a warm and sunny day.
and i saw the small big ben tower

i mean. I was kinda dissapointed. I was expecting it to be... big. The building is. But the watch was tiny. I was more impressed of the incredible watch we can find in Prauge.

in short, it was not as big as everyone makes you think. Still a must see

Thank mrklingsheim
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Reviewed 12 June 2014

Your first visit to London would be incomplete without seeing the iconic Elizabeth Tower (also referred to as Big Ben). If you plan your visit correctly, you can hear the Westminster chimes and Big Ben ringing at the turn of the hour, as it has done for nearly 150 years. Everyone knows the sound of Big Ben, hearing it up close is one of the most memorable London experiences.

A great way to spend a morning in Westminster is to arrive around 8.50 am so you can be around to hear Big Ben sound off at 9am. Then, you can make your way over to Westminster Abbey to queue for the opening at 9.30am.

If you are in a group, one member can stand in the queue to enter the abbey, while the rest of your party walk across the street to Parliament Square to see the statues of important historical figures like Abraham Lincoln, Nelson Mandela and Winston Churchill. This takes around 5-10 minutes time.

If it is sunny outside, you will have opportunity to take some lovely pictures of Elizabeth Tower with blue skies at your back as the light conditions are usually very good at this early hour of the day.

Then it will be time to enter Westminster Abbey at 9.30am for your visit to this excellent historical attraction. Visits here will last 90-120 minutes, ending a great morning in Westminster, taking in two of London's most famous and iconic attractions.

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Reviewed 11 June 2014

Visiting Big Ben is a must while in London. Please keep in mind however, that Big Ben officially is not the clock/tower that you see from the outside yet instead is the bell on the inside. Regardless, visiting "Big Ben" (the clock/tower) is still a fun thing to do and you can go inside as well. This area as a whole can get very crowded with tourists and locals alike so please be patient with all of the crowds. To get better pictures of Big Ben, walk on one of the pedestrian friendly bridges nearby and you will get great views. I highly recommend stopping here, you will not be disappointed!!

Thank Christine C
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Reviewed 11 June 2014

You can't come to London and not see this sight. It's fun to go around it and across the bridge as well to see it from far away, so beautiful and iconic.

Thank JuliannaMarie
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