Big Ben

 
 
ADDRESS
Parliament Square, Westminster, St Margaret Street, London SW1A 0AA 
 
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OPENING TIMES
Tours Mon to Fri 9.15am, 10.15am, 11.15am & 2.15pm | Max number: 16 people per tour
 
PRICES
Free - but by prior arrangement only
 

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Big BenSir Charles Barry sought advice from Benjamin Lewis Vuillamy - clockmaker to the Queen - and Augustus Pugin when it came to designing the clock tower that is affectionately known as Big Ben today. The most famous clock tower in the wiorld, attached to the Houses of Parliament, has become a familiar and much loved landmark, its great bell chiming on the hour (and every quarter of an hour too) keeping time with Greenwich meantime. The name Big Ben was initially given to the Great Bell which was created at the Whitechapel Bell Foundry and first struck in 1859. The most likely explanation of the name it that it comes from Sir Benjamin Hall, First Commissioner for Works from 1855-1858 whose name is inscribed on the bell. Now the moniker is the accepted name for the whole of the Clock Tower - albeit begrudgingly by some. Weighing in at 13.7 tonnes, at the time of its casting Big Ben was the largest bell in the British Isles and the clock face the second largest in the country (after the Liver Building in Liverpool). UK residents can arrange a free tour of Big Ben through their local MP but space is extremely limited and you'll need to book three to six months in advance. Overseas visitors cannot currently visit the tower.

 

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LondonTown.com - Big Ben Location Map

 
 
 
Underground Stations

Underground Stations

 
Westminster Tube Station
 
2 minutes walk
 
St James's Park Tube Station
 
8 minutes walk
 
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

 
Charing Cross Railway Station
 
10 minutes walk
 
Victoria Railway Station
 
18 minutes walk
 
 
Car Parks

Car Parks

 
Q-Park Westminster
 
4 minutes walk
 
Q-Park Trafalgar
 
10 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
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London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Parliament Square, Westminster, London SW1P | 1 minute from Big Ben
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St Margaret's Church
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
St Margaret's Church, Westminster, London SW1P | 2 minutes from Big Ben
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London > Attractions > Other Attractions
Westminster, Westminster, London SW1A | 6 minutes from Big Ben
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Smith Square, Westminster, London SW1P | 5 minutes from Big Ben
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County Hall, 5 Chicheley Street, South Bank, London SE1 | 8 minutes from Big Ben
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Foyles Royal Festival Hall
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Greensmiths Market
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
27 Lower Marsh, South Bank, London SE1 | 11 minutes from Big Ben
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Broad Sanctuary, Westminster, London SW1P | 4 minutes from Big Ben
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Storey's Gate, Westminster, London SW1H | 4 minutes from Big Ben
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Houses of Parliament Guided Tours
Tours | Until 31st December 2015 

Houses of Parliament

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London Dungeon 6 minutes walk from Big Ben

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Thames Barrier Voyage
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London RIB Voyages 6 minutes walk from Big Ben

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Garden Museum 7 minutes walk from Big Ben

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Exhibitions | Until 24th December 2014 

Garden Museum 7 minutes walk from Big Ben

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Comedy | On 24th October 2014 

Tattershall Castle 9 minutes walk from Big Ben

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Comedy | Until 27th December 2014 

Tattershall Castle 9 minutes walk from Big Ben

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Trafalgar Studios 9 minutes walk from Big Ben

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Theatre | Until 29th November 2014 

Playhouse Theatre 10 minutes walk from Big Ben

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Exhibitions | On 24th October 2014 

Mall Galleries 10 minutes walk from Big Ben

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