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Big Ben

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Historical Architecture
Open Open 24 hours
Recommended sightseeing time: 1 hour
Address: Elizabeth Tower - Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London SW1A 0AA
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Phone: +44-20-72194272

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Big Ben, also known as the Elizabeth Tower, is an important place for the celebration of the New Year in Britain. Every hour it goes off with a deep chiming sound. The bell strikes the heart, and the heads of people living nearby will not ring. It's a hundred-year-old, stopped several times and now has engineers checking it every week.

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Introduction

Big Ben is located to the north of London's Collegiate Church of St. Peter in Westminster atop a 98-meter-tall clock tower. The clock face is brightly illuminated whenever the Houses of Parliament are in session. The giant clock represents England's classic culture. It is a landmark of the City of London and a source of pride for the people of England. Whenever London is used as the setting for a film, you can be absolutely certain to catch a glimpse of Big Ben. Although it is commonly known as Big Ben, the clock tower was renamed Elizabeth Tower in honor of Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012.
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Getting Around

By Subway: Take the Circle line, District line, or Jubilee Line and get off at Westminster Abbey station.
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Helpful Information

Big Ben, and the main parliament building is only open to the British. Foreign tourists may only observe the exterior of this massive structure. The area around Big Ben, and the Parliament is filled with street performers that require gratuity for photos, music and magic tricks. In August of 2017, the English started maintenance on the clock tower. During these repairs and maintenance the bell will not ring, it is scheduled to be completed in 2019.
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