Big Ben (Official: The Elizabeth Tower) is the great bell of the clock at the Palace of Westminster in London, and often extended to refer to the clock tower. This Gothic tower is officially named St. Stephen’s Tower and is one of the most iconic symbols of London.
Big Ben actually happens to be the nickname of the great bell in the tower, a 16 ton giant cast in 1856 and named in the honour of Sir Benjamin Hall. Now the nickname has been extended to the clock and the tower itself.
Big Ben was raised as a part of the design to rebuild the Westminster Palace after the old Westminster was destroyed in a fire in 1834. Charles Barry, the designer of Westminster, and Augustus Pugin were the chief architects of the project. The tower was designed in Pugin’s famed Gothic Revival style and was completed in 1858. It had the largest four-faced chimed clock and a height of 96 m, making it the third tallest free-standing clock tower in the world. The clock was designed by Edmund Beckett Denison and George Airy and is renowned for its accuracy.
|Days||Mon to Fri|
|Timing||9:15 AM, 11:15 Am and 12:15 PM|
|Entrance Fee||Free and open only to UK residents after contacting the local MP/House of Lords. Booking is recommended.|
|Guided Tours||During Summer Recess the Palace of Westminster includes both Chambers and other great State Rooms|
|60 + years||8.00|
|Reach||Tube||Station – Westminister|
- No children below 11 years
- March 2014 bookings are open
- April 2014 bookings open on 1 November
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