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Address: Elizabeth Tower - Houses of Parliament | Westminster, London SW1A 0AA, England
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+44 20 7219 3000
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No
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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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This attraction is equally enjoyable during the day or at night. It can be seen from many angles and lights up the sky.

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This attraction is equally enjoyable during the day or at night. It can be seen from many angles and lights up the sky.

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Big Ben is indeed a "must visit" attraction for any visitor to London, right in the centre of London and easily accessable walking down from Picadilly Circus (via Trafalgar Square) or via tube to Westminster. A spectacular building with spectacular views and a mountain of history surrounding it

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Great architecture and an iconic location. Well connected by public transport. This is a must see. Recommended visit

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I only got to see it from the outside before going to Westminster Abbey. I think there are guided tours but only on Saturdays, which I found out almost as I was leaving London. Still, it's a beautiful place to see, and a must for a photo op with the London Eye behind it, or by itself from the River.

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The Big Ben is one of the must have attraction to see on a trip to London! Is really suggestive and also a bit romantic during the night time!

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Big Ben,west minister abbey,great to view,to hear the latest on parliament.building is beautiful lots of history.

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go and see the Big Ben. You have hard time to find a time when the place is not crowded with tourists

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Big Ben has always been on my bucket list, so it was the first place I stopped in London. It was absolutely gorgeous. The entire time I was looking at this massive clock tower I couldn't comprehend that I was actually there. You have to see it if you're in London! It's also very close to many other attractions (Westminster... More 

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Had to visit one of Londons most famous attractions! Such an iconic clock. Can't wait to return when our baby is older.

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London is famous for a number of landmarks and this is without doubt one of them. Make sure you get a photo or two whilst you're there but be prepared to have a tourist or two in your shot spoiling it.

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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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