Big Ben is the British cultural icon. Big Ben is the nickname for the Great Bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London and is usually extended to refer to both the clock and the clock tower as well. The tower is 96m high and holds 11 floors. Officially its name was the Elizabeth tower. The tower is one of the most prominent symbols of the United Kingdom and is often in the establishing shot of films set in London. It was founded in 1859. The nickname was applied first to the Great Bell; It is believed Big Ben was named after Sir Benjamin Hall, First Commissioner for Works, whose name is inscribed on the bell. Others attest that the bell was named after Ben Caunt, a champion heavyweight boxer. It is the bell within that is correctly referred to as Big Ben. The tourists are allowed to step up till the top and see the famous bell from inside. Big Ben is a focus of New Year celebrations in the United Kingdom, with radio and TV stations tuning to its chimes to welcome the start of the New Year.

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  • L T

    - 03 June 2018 -

    Amazing must-see! Great scenic views from the London Eye/ Bridge. Big Ben clock is currently under intensive construction and will take 4-5 years to complete. However, it is still a landmark to experience.

  • Gunar Luther

    - 18 May 2018 -

    The Elizabeth clock tower is one of the most photographed Places in London. You should definitely visit it on a city walk. But be aware that the clock tower and parts of the Palace of Westminster are under restoration work right now and can't be seen in all it's beauty.

  • Viral Mk

    - 12 May 2018 -

    Most Beautiful Place in World, I visited there before 7 years, still in my mind, London’s iconic Big Ben, the bell inside a clock tower by the Houses of Parliament, will fall silent next Monday for the next four years, due to conservation work. The Elizabeth Tower, which houses the Great Clock and Big Ben (also known as the Great Bell), is currently undergoing renovation work. As this work takes place, the regular bongs of Big Ben will be paused at noon (GMT) Aug. 21 until 2021, according to a parliament statement.

  • M A Wood

    - 14 April 2018 -

    The bell Big Ben is sadly quiet these last few months due to updating H&S constructive work within the tower of this beautiful iconic and vastly photographed piece of architecture London. Simply wonderful. Plus, l named my first son after it. I used to take Benjamin every year and take a photo of him next to the clock tower. Now he is a keen 30yr old photographer himself and regularly visits our wonderful Capital City and his namesake. 😊

  • David Del'Nero

    - 09 April 2018 -

    It must be the most famous Clock in the world, not just London. You can hear the chimes for quite a distance, and it is really nice on New Years Eve when we have a fireworks display and Big Ben strikes midnight. When you take photos of Big Ben, because of it position, you can also take great pictures of the Houses of Parliament, The Wheel, and the River Thames.

  • faith white

    - 11 March 2018 -

    Big Ben is the big sound...... Not a lot of tourists are aware that "Big Ben" actually refers to the Big Bell & the Big sound that it makes. Now-a-days it has just morphed into the entire thing; referring to the clock & tower as well. Just a fact I found interesting. The first glimpse of this will make your face light up. So have your camera ready. Take a pic of your loved ones face on the bottom of your frame with a long shot of the tower in the back ground going up to the sky. Add that to your Eiffel Tower, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Times Sq. photos, enlarge them, frame them, hang them in your den. Now you are the envy of your friends. I have this one framed in gold. So don't just take a plain shot of this Icon, personalize it w/a family member. These are the pictures of your life that you will treasure & remember that day; when you are old. Don't let these memory makers pass you by. Now go get chicken & make your own collection before its too late.

  • ettelton kaylee

    - 30 January 2018 -

    One of the most famous place in the world. Everybody knows Big Ben. It is very big and beautiful. Now it is renovate so you can't admire it as normal. Good to have a guide who will tell you some stories about the place.

  • Lily Hatcher

    - 26 January 2018 -

    Seeing this in person is just incredible. It was something that I didn't prioritize and waited to see untill the end of my trip. I would say that if you have an affinity for architecture, this is one of the most gorgeous (and easily accessible) pieces you can find in London.

  • Björn Thelin

    - 18 December 2017 -

    Very majestic tower on the Northern side of the river Thames. Access to the tower itself is restricted and fences prevent people from walking up to the foot of the tower. At the top of the tower is a clock that shows you what time it is. The area is very busy with many tourists but well worth the visit if you are interested in landmarks and iconic buildings. The tower is currently under renovation.

  • Jc Jo

    - 18 December 2017 -

    Currently under renovation but one of the world best parliament structures. Its best to see both day and night Best view is from the river. If u get to visit it from inside its worth the time. As it has a lot of historic nuggets around the parliament. It was one of famous Pokemon gyms

  • Edwin Tan

    - 22 May 2018 -

    iconic landmark... now shrouded for refurbishment till 2019.

  • Bailey Sherwin

    - 16 May 2018 -

    Under SO much construction right now you can barely see the building from all the scaffolding but you can see the clock face

  • ranaaim

    - 06 May 2018 -

    Landmark unfortunately it was under construction

  • Irina Botea

    - 06 May 2018 -

    You can't miss it.

  • Robby Sayles

    - 26 April 2018 -

    Still construction....

  • Emily Boulger

    - 17 April 2018 -

    Big Ben is currently under construction

  • Łukasz Tyrała

    - 29 March 2018 -

    Currently in renovation and covered in scaffolding.

  • Marc-Antony Fielder

    - 27 March 2018 -

    Must see when you’re across the pond. Truly fantastic architecture.

  • Carlos Duarte

    - 23 February 2018 -

    Unfortunately when I was there, big ben was undergoing construction. Anyway, I shuddered and was immensely pleased to get so close to this imposing figure. Unique experience in life.

  • Paul Neades

    - 07 January 2018 -

    Currently covered in scaffolding

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