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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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Beautiful at night

In our self guided tour, we saw this in the daytime, and again at night. Two totally different awesome experiences. Worth both slow walk-bys.

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Anchorville, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

In our self guided tour, we saw this in the daytime, and again at night. Two totally different awesome experiences. Worth both slow walk-bys.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The face of big Ben to me is the most British icon we have such an impressive feat of engineering that man could come across. Always a welcome sight when visiting London

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This clock is a legendary icon and a must see as you stroll through westminster. At night it is beautifully lit and makes for some fantastic photos. There are crowds on the street trying to take selfies, especially on the weekends. A few feet away gives you a nice cross river view of the London eye too. Big Ben is... More 

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It's one of the MUST SEE buildings in London! It's really nice to take some pictures there across the Thames.

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It stands out on the city and cant be missed. I enjoyed my visit over there. The night views across the river are worth taking a look as well

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Big Ben is so amazing in person. It is definitely worth visiting if in London. One of the highlights of my trip.

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Beautiful piece of artwork, one of Londons real must-see attractions. You could stare at it for hours thinking your contemplating something quite exceptional. The visit is more than necessary to taste the flavour of the city at its best.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was our first time visiting Elizabeth Tower (Big Ben) There were a lot of people there who were mostly tourist just like we were. Have a great time. Wonderful weather. A must see.

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I still remember walking out of the tube station and looking up to see Big Ben. There was a huge crowd so it was difficult to navigate around and take pictures, but we were able to go back there New Year's Eve right before the fireworks (tickets required) and captured great photos. It is a must see if you visit... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

You can't go to London and not see Big Ben, even if you're just passing through. Literally right outside the Westminister tube stop - you walk out the door of the tube station and there it is. Convenient to get to, so definitely worth a visit!

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