Travel — U.K.
— Renamed Elizabeth Tower
Big Ben is located in Westminster,
on the River Thames. The Great Clock Tower of London was built as a "beacon" for
the British Houses of Parliament. One of London's best-known
and a popular tourist attraction, Big Ben is especially stunning after dark, when the clock face
is illuminated — it's magical.
In June 2012, it was announced in London that the landmark clock and tower, widely known as Big Ben, was to be renamed the Elizabeth Tower in honor of Queen Elizabeth II's 60 year reign.
Back in 1860, when the Palace of Westminster was rebuilt, its west tower (known as the King's Tower), was renamed the Victoria Tower to commemmorate Queen Victoria's 60+ year reign.
Ben's 4-Clock Faces
Big Ben's 4-clock faces are 23 feet across with 14-foot "minute" hands
and 9-foot "hour" hands.
Visit the Clock Tower
The tower is not open
to the general public. However, in special circumstances, a visit
to the top of the Clock Tower may
be arranged through their local MP (Member
Parliament) or a member of the House of Lords.
Clock Tower Tour
Named after Sir Benjamin Hall, the BBC first broadcast Big Ben's chimes on December 31, 1923. The name "Big Ben" actually refers
to the massive slightly cracked
13.5 ton bell which stikes on the hour.
Big Ben celebrated
its 150th Birthday on May 31, 2009.
Nearest Underground Station
Houses of Parliament Tours
Houses of Parliament Tours,
House of Lords Tours,
and the House of Commons
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