Big Ben

The iconic House of Parliament Clock Tower at the Palace of Westminster comes to mind at the mention of Big Ben. But the moniker originally referred only to the tower’s main bell, the 13.5-ton Great Bell named for either Sir Benjamin Hall, a Victorian-era government commissioner, or Ben Caunt, a heavyweight boxing champion. An enduring emblem of London, the chiming four-sided clock from 1859, the world’s second largest, is known for the accuracy of its mechanical movement. And Big Ben itself is rightly celebrated for its authoritative tone. Alas, unless you're a U.K. resident, you can't enter Elizabeth Tower and climb the 334 stone spiral steps leading to the clock mechanism and bell. Console yourself with a tour of the Parliamentary palace, hardly chump change.

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Circle District Jubilee
Westminster (0.03 mi)
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  • Silvain Durant

    9 Nov 2017

    It's impossible to pass by Big Ben in London. We at home made a plan for X - get on a tour inside the Westminster Palace and its Clock Tower, as it is correctly called Big Ben. But, alas, tours are only available to UK citizens. So we went around, we sat in an excellent pub opposite, listened to how every quarter of an hour the clock strikes. In the evening a very beautiful yellow-green light, ..

  • ben walker

    15 Oct 2017

    Ah, the clock for which I was named after. Not really, IT was named after ME. Not really, but you could imagine... We really just walked by Big Ben as we were heading somewhere else across the bridge. It actually is quite large, but I can see why they went alliterative with the 'Big' instead of calling it 'Quite Large' Ben. That's why they get paid the big bucks, those guys that name things. I hear the whole thing looks pretty cool at night, but we only went by in the daytime and it was still cool.

  • K

    10 Nov 2017

    Unfortunately there is constriction equipment around the Elizabeth Tower and Big Ben will only ring on certain occasions. Construction will take place until at least 2020. But it is still an icon to see! Can't wait to hear it ring one day!

  • Jake Stanley

    15 Oct 2017

    The attention to detail in the architecture of Big Ben is fascinating. The shear size is easy to underestimate from a distance. Go when the weather is good and enjoy a nice coffee while strolling around Westminster

  • Meagan Haarstad

    5 Nov 2017

    A must see in London! Beautiful site. Walk around and view it from the other side of the bridge and from a view where you can see parliament as well.

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