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Preplanned City Guides and Travel Itineraries

Big Ben

On this page you find practical information, photos and videos about Big Ben.

Big Ben features in these preplanned City Guides:

1-day London City Guide3-day London City Guide5-day London City Guide

Why visit / Interesting facts:

  • One of London's best-known landmarks
  • Part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Time required: 10 minutes

Public transport:

  • Circle Line: Westminster station
  • District Line: Westminster station
  • Jubilee Line: Westminster station

Address: Palace of Westminister House of Commons, London SW1A OAA

Things you need to know:

  • Big Ben, built in 1858, is the iconic clock tower of Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parlament)
  • The tower's name refers to the clock's 14-tonne bell
  • The bell is called Big Ben after Sir Benjamin Hall, the chief commissioner of the works
  • Some argue that the tower is named after Benjamin Caunt, a famous boxer of the period
  • The tower resisted German bombing and continued to keep time during the war

What to do there:

  • Have your photo taken with Big Ben in the background
  • Listen to Big Ben strike the hour

Tips & Insights:

  • Only UK citizens can go up to the tower

Big Ben features in these preplanned City Guides: