Big Ben

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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.

Getting there

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.

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Posted: 23 Sep 2019, 19:48

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Timeless UK landmark

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Always been fond of Big Ben, it was on my commute when i lived in London and its chimes were a reminder of how late i was for work. I'm sure the new improvements will enhance this Great British landmark even more. It's also a huge part of London's New Years celebrations which id recommend anyone to attend at least once.

Posted: 16 Jun 2019, 12:33

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Iconic

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Iconic structure, impressive. Visited on New Years eve to hear the bell ring in the new year.

Posted: 6 Dec 2018, 12:22

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Being restored

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Visited London twice and on the first visit, i got to see and hear this wonderful clock tower. Having visited London for a second time a couple of weeks ago, i was slightly disappointed that the bell tower was hidden by scaffolding as it is undergoing some building work.

Posted: 21 May 2018, 00:38

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Impressive

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Such an impressive architectural build. Shame that its currently under renovation and the bell isn't working.

Posted: 29 Mar 2018, 13:32

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Average Ben

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Big Ben is nice to look at, but that's about it. Would be improved if the charms worked.

Posted: 17 Feb 2018, 20:51

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Delightful

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One of the greatest sights in the world. Great to have been so close to it.

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