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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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  • We were pumped up to see this icon of England. We were disappointed a lot. There are police who shun you. The noise is unbearable.  more »
  • The iconic tower, officially known as Elizabeth Tower, is such an integral part of the Palace of Westminster, it sometimes outshines the neo-Gothic building at its base. It's nickname, Big Ben...  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.

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