Big Ben, Westminster, London SW1A 0AA
One of the capital's most iconic landmarks, 'Big Ben' is in fact the nickname for the Great Bell, the 13-ton bell hanging inside Elizabeth Tower which stands at over 96 metres tall at the north end of The Houses of Parliament. The Great Bell chimes proudly every hour and the illuminated clock face in the evening is a wonderful sight, not to miss.
(Note - Elizabeth Tower will undergo a 3-year refurbishment from early 2017 and will be concealed with scaffolding for much of this period. As part of the works, tours of Elizabeth Tower are suspended until early 2020. From 21st August 2017, 'Big Ben' will be silenced for up to four years whilst the repair works are carried out).
The Houses of Parliament welcome visitors for audio and guided tours which follow the Queen's route at State Opening of Parliament, from the Queen's Robing Room, through the Royal Gallery and into the Lords Chamber. Visitors will also visit the Commons Chamber, where MPs hold their debates, before ending at Westminster Hall where the infamous Guy Fawkes was tried and where in more recent years Nelson Mandela addressed Parliament. (Tours are available in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian and Mandarin).