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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 clock tower which stands at the...

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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Must go and see if in London

If you're in London, this is a must see. It makes a great photo and it is the first thing everybody thinks of when you mention London.

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If you're in London, this is a must see. It makes a great photo and it is the first thing everybody thinks of when you mention London.

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When in London Big Ben is a magnet for tourists and a must see. Beautiful in reality and it us fun to be there on hour to hear bells chim. Of course the obligitary photo in front of it hasto be taken too.

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A real piece of history that you can just sit and admire - great photos during both day and night and plenty of viewing points from opposite side of river Thames

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This is of course a land mark if you visit London. We found the easiest way to get here is by river cruise. Always crowded!!

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Big Ben is the iconic clock and tower that you'll definitely want to see in person during your trip to England.

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Part of any must-see London tour. Lovely view crossing Thames on bridge from south bank. Stunning at sunset.

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Every trip to London we visit Westminster to see Big Ben...it's always impressive! There are great shots to get from in front of Westminster Abbey that get Big Ben, the London Eye and if you time it right a double decker bus all in the shot!

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be here on the hour to hear the chimes there are people everywhere to see this the tower is Queen Elizabeth tower the bell is Big Ben

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Historic clock of London So pretty and it was awesome to see it in person. I can not wait until I visit London again. A must see in London, UK

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Westminster Bridge. Houses of parliament. Big Ben. Scene of devastation only a short time ago. So many people around life going on. Remembering the lives lost.

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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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