Renamed to the Elizabeth Tower in 2012 but more commonly known as Big Ben, which was the nickname given to the bell in the clock tower at the north end of the Palace of Westminster. Its build was completed in 1859 and its clockmaker claimed it to be the most accurate four-faced chiming and striking clock in the world and the prince of timekeepers. The tower was part of the redesign for the Palace of Westminster after it was rebuilt due to a fire. The tower stands at 315ft high but has a slight lean due to changes in ground conditions over the years.
The tower is within the grounds of the Palace of Westminster and is accessible by public transport, most notably the local tube station ‘Westminster’.
Opening Times and Admission
Big Ben is not open to overseas visitors but is easily seen from afar and people can get as close as the perimeter of the Palace of Westminster. Big Ben is however accessible to UK residents and access can be arranged by contacting their local member of parliament. The tower has stair access only to the top but some plans have been mentioned of a lift being installed in the future.