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Address: Elizabeth Tower - Houses of Parliament | Westminster, London SW1A 0AA, England
Phone Number: +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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A must place to visit

If you have even an hour in London, You should definitely visit Big Ben which is surrounded by impressive buildings .

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If you have even an hour in London, You should definitely visit Big Ben which is surrounded by impressive buildings .

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Every time I visit London, I make sure I visit the Big Ben. Its what London is known for and is iconic in so many ways. Definitely worth the visit and is a great photo-opportunity :)

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This is a beauty to watch when the lights are on and it is also centrally located in the heart of London.

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I had heard that Big Ben was down for repairs, but on my recent trip to London, Big Ben was keeping excellent time! Very reassuring to see this landmark up and running just fine !

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Apart from the traffic there , it's a great side of London .. Busy tubes stations there so be prepared. Big Ben looks amazing it's super tall great pictures I took and so old yet keep well. Security around it . But cross the road look up and take pictures. . Great site to see in London river Thames here... More 

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It isn't London without the Big Ben and a trip here is not complete without seeing it. This magnificent clock tower defines this majestic city

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Even if you have a watch Big Ben is a must-see landmark in London. Great area with the London Eye also right across the bridge. If you go to London and don't see the clock you're a wanker.

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We came off the tube and it was just right in front of you. I wasn't expecting it to be so grand. It blew me away. It was amazing

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Big Ben, parliament, Westminster Abbey....all right next to beach other, all iconic, all fun to see. Get there by metro Green/yellow line Westminster station. London Eye is across Thames. Also Hop on Hop off busses go here. W Abbey is probably closed Friday's

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Going to see Big Ben is something that every traveler dreams of doing. Its up there with the Eiffel Tower.

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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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