Big Ben

Westminster, London SW1A 0AA, UK

4.5

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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Open Hours:

  • Sun

    09:00 - 18:00, 19:00 - 21:00

  • Mon

    09:00 - 18:00, 19:00 - 21:00

  • Tue

    09:00 - 18:00, 19:00 - 21:00

  • Wed

    09:00 - 18:00, 19:00 - 21:00

  • Thu

    09:00 - 18:00, 19:00 - 21:00

  • Fri

    09:00 - 18:00, 19:00 - 21:00

  • Sat

    09:00 - 18:00, 19:00 - 21:00

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  • Guntran Hoet

    3
    - 10 September 2018 -

    Was being restored while visiting. Despite that, it still managed to look nice lighted up at night. Also, the surrounding area is great. Can be very busy. Post edit: Apparently it has been under construction for two years now, and will be so for two more years! A little disappointing that such an iconic symbol takes so long to restore.

  • Beris Bajrović

    5
    - 15 August 2018 -

    Big Ben is one of the best historical building that ABSOLUTELY you must see when you are in London!!. The official name of the tower in which Big Ben is located was originally the Clock Tower, but it was renamed Elizabeth Tower in 2012 to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II. 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.  Big Ben is well known place internally and being here just incredible, what a beautiful landmark!. Either day or night, many tourists in this area capturing the beauty of Big Ben. There are so many things to see in that area. Plan whole day here for sure. Enjoy your time in London.

  • BradJill Travels

    5
    - 09 August 2018 -

    Your first visit to London would be incomplete without seeing the iconic Elizabeth Tower (also referred to as Big Ben). If you plan your visit correctly, you can hear the Westminster chimes and Big Ben ringing at the turn of the hour, as it has done for nearly 150 years. Everyone knows the sound of Big Ben, hearing it up close is one of the most memorable London experiences. A great way to spend a morning in Westminster is to arrive around 8.50 am so you can be around to hear Big Ben sound off at 9am. Then, you can make your way over to Westminster Abbey to queue for the opening at 9.30am. If you are in a group, one member can stand in the queue to enter the abbey, while the rest of your party walk across the street to Parliament Square to see the statues of important historical figures like Abraham Lincoln, Nelson Mandela and Winston Churchill. This takes around 5-10 minutes time. If it is sunny outside, you will have opportunity to take some lovely pictures of Elizabeth Tower with blue skies at your back as the light conditions are usually very good at this early hour of the day. Then it will be time to enter Westminster Abbey at 9.30am for your visit to this excellent historical attraction. Visits here will last 90-120 minutes, ending a great morning in Westminster, taking in two of London's most famous and iconic attractions.

  • Chris Davies

    5
    - 01 August 2018 -

    This is a nice clock. Very accurate. Waterproof and durable in all weather conditions. I’m not sure how to set the alarm for work yet. The volume is an issue, when it does alarm it’s given me tinnitus. But overall a very good clock.

  • lukas jurak

    5
    - 27 July 2018 -

    It's one of the most iconic places of London. During our visit big Ben was unfortunately under construction 😒 but people were still taking photos , that's how iconic it is. If nothing else it shows time. It's also good meeting point, metro station is very near.

  • Google User

    5
    - 26 July 2018 -

    Just one of a kind. Must see landmark for London. Although can get a little busy so good to go earlier for the best shots. So iconic. Photos do not do this justice, if you're in London go see it, you won't be disappointed!

  • عادل الرويلي

    5
    - 25 July 2018 -

    Big Ben's famous clock in London, began its work June 3, 1859. Big Ben name the great bell that beats the clock and is located at the north end of Westminster Palace in London and usually extends to indicate both the clock and the clock tower as well. The tower is officially known as the Elizabeth Tower, named during the celebration of the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II in 2012; The clock has become a cultural symbol for the United Kingdom, particularly in the visual media. When television or filmmakers want to point to a public location in the country, the common way to do this is to show a picture of the tower, often with a red double-decker bus or a black cab in the foreground. In 2008, a survey of 2,000 people found that the tower was the most popular teacher in the UK. The sound was also used as a signal to set time in some radio stations such as the BBC, a practice that began on December 31, 1923 of microphones permanently installed in the tower and connected by the line To live broadcasts. It is the focus of New Year's celebrations in the UK, with radio and television stations for its minutes and to welcome the New Year.

  • Mohammed Rasel

    5
    - 16 July 2018 -

    To see Big Ben at sunset and light up as the night sky took over while we watched from the bridge was one of the many reasons we travelled to London... unfortunately we didn’t think to look up if it would be under construction. It’s undergoing restorations for the next couple years apparently and therefore barely visible. We got a great view on the clock when on the bus, but aside from that it’s not very visible.

  • Ali Alkhubuoli

    5
    - 13 July 2018 -

    Big Ben is one of the best historical building that ABSOLUTELY you must see when you are in London!!. The official name of the tower in which Big Ben is located was originally the Clock Tower, but it was renamed Elizabeth Tower in 2012 to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II. 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.  Big Ben is well known place internally and being here just incredible, what a beautiful landmark!. Either day or night, many tourists in this area capturing the beauty of Big Ben. There are so many things to see in that area. Plan whole day here for sure. Enjoy your time in London.

  • Cassandra Y.

    5
    - 08 July 2018 -

    ABSOLUTELY a must see when you are in London!! What a beautiful landmark! Either day or night, many tourists in this area capturing the beauty of Big Ben. There are so many things to see in that area. Plan whole day here for sure. Have dinner near the water and see the night view. You won't be disappointed.

  • 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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