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Big Ben

On our latest visit to London we did not have a chance to take the Big Ben Tour, however we have arranged to climb the 290 steps to the clock room and 340 to the belfry later in 2012.  That said the view from Westminster Bridge of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament (Palace of Westminster) is breathtaking and you can see why tourists flock to this London landmark.

During our trip we managed to get great views of Big Ben from The Monument , Tower Bridge and from our hotel room at Park Plaza.  However the view we enjoyed the most was from the London Eye at night, as Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament are illuminated. Twenty eight bulbs are used to light each dial of the largest four-faced chiming clock in the world, which can be seen for several miles. Big Ben and the Palace of Westminster are icons of London and if you are in the Capital then this is a must see attraction.

WhichHoliday.TV tip – Although Big Ben is one of the world's most famous tourist attractions, the interior of the tower is not open to overseas visitors, however United Kingdom residents are able to arrange tours (well in advance) through their Member of Parliament.  It should also be noted that the tower has no lift, so those who are lucky enough to be have a tour must climb all the limestone stairs to the top.
If you want to see Big Ben from the ouside then why not join one of the London Tours featured by WhichHoliday.TV.



Five Big Ben Facts

  1. The total height of the tower is 316 feet 
  2. There are 290 steps to the clock room and 340 to the belfry 
  3. The hour bell (Big Ben) is note E and weighs 13.5 tonnes and has a max diameter of 9 feet 
  4. Each dial has 312 panes of glass. It's a myth that there are 365, 1 for each day of the year 
  5. The minute hand is 14 feet long and weighs 2.5 tonnes 


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