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Big Ben, London

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If you could only choose one icon to represent Great Britain, Big Ben would have to merit strong consideration. The name commonly describes the clock tower at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London, but the title originally went to the bell inside the tower. The official name of the tower is Elizabeth Tower. UK residents can take a tour of the tower, going all the way to the top for spectacular views of London. If you're a foreign visitor, you'll have to be content with snapping photos from the ground. The clock tower is photogenic at any time of day, but even more so when it's lit up at dusk. Use our London travel website to add Big Ben and other attractions to your London vacation plans.
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  • This monument is amazing. A must see from the outside, day or night. The Tower was under construction as well as the facade of the Parliement on the Thames side, so scaffolding  more »
  • There are people who think of Big Ben in grand terms. It is a tower with clock. Security people with guns are rude.  more »
  • The place has architecture. That is about it. The locals treat it as an eyesore. Only tourists seem to like it.  more »
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  • Big Ben is the nickname for the Great Bell at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London. It finished construction in 1589 and at the time was the largest and most accurate 4 faced chiming click in the world. The tower has five bells. Big Ben being the largest as it weighs over 13 tons. Due to refurbishing work that started in 2016, tours of Big Ben have been suspended until 2021. But put it in your dairy as it is definitely well worth a visit when it reopens.
  • Big Ben is the nickname for the Great Bell at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London. It finished construction in 1589 and at the time was the largest and most accurate 4 faced chiming click in the world. The tower has five bells. Big Ben being the largest as it weighs over 13 tons. Due to refurbishing work that started in 2016, tours of Big Ben have been suspended until 2021. But put it in your dairy as it is definitely well worth a visit when it reopens.
  • The Elizabeth Tower, known informally as Big Ben (the nickname for the Great Bell), is a must see site in London. It is an extremely beautiful example of Gothic revival architecture and is, without question, the grandest clock tower on this planet. I would also highly recommend booking tickets for a guided tour of the Houses of Parliament too.-
  • The Elizabeth Tower, known informally as Big Ben (the nickname for the Great Bell), is a must see site in London. It is an extremely beautiful example of Gothic revival architecture and is, without question, the grandest clock tower on this planet. I would also highly recommend booking tickets for a guided tour of the Houses of Parliament too.-
  • Simply put, one of the biggest symbols of the nation. Beautiful Gothic Revival architectural marvel near Westminster Square which is visited by countless tourists daily. Sad to see it covered until 2021, but it's refurbishment gala will be an interesting event to attend.

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