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.

Nearest Transit

Circle District Jubilee
Westminster (0.03 mi)
Bakerloo Circle District Northern
Embankment (0.46 mi)
Bakerloo Jubilee Northern Waterloo & City
Waterloo (0.49 mi)

Reviews

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  • Traveller Group

    24 Aug 2017

    . Heard the name and the tune from Childhood... . God willingly, we visited the Big Ben, many times, afterwards! . Love the Architecture and . Also the technology! . High scope for photography in the day & night . Family, friends and children . Stand photography from the London Eye Is exciting! Note: Heard that our dear Big Ben will go silent for repairs and will be back.

  • Darrell Huntley

    18 Jul 2017

    Not many people know Big Ben is actually the name of the giant mouse that lives behind the clock face. He enjoys lobster dinners and Haribo. With a wry wit and contemporary style he's a ladies mouse. If you look closely you might just see the corner of his kimono floating in the wind as he watches you...

  • Sarah H

    9 Aug 2017

    Make sure you are visiting Big Ben on the hour so you can hear the chimes. Can be busy on the bridge as lots of people taking pictures and admiring a spectacular landmark. The parliament in Budapest is designed on parliament building at Westminster it was considered that impressive.

  • Mac Miah

    18 Aug 2017

    The famous Big Ben. Sadly will fall silent soon for 4 years. So we came to see the great big chimes for the last time. Especially for My son who loves it.

  • Stefan Mitik

    18 Jun 2017

    Big Ben is more than just a tourist spot. It's got a rich history dating way back and it is the most iconic place to visit in London. The Westminster Bridge is filled with people taking beautiful photographs of Big Ben and taking selfies. It was my first time visiting and I absolutely loved it. It's no wonder people say London is the best city in the world - I 100% agree!

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