Big Ben clock tower in London is the nickname of the great clock tower located in the Westminster of London, United Kingdom. It was called Clock tower till 2012, and later got renamed to "Elizabeth tower" to mark the diamond jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. The construction of Big Ben started in the year 1843 and was completed by 1859. This 316 feet tall building was constructed under the guidance of Ar. Augustus Pugin and Ar.Charles Barry. The 316 mt tall building has a square base of 40 ft width and the massive bell weighs around 15.1 tons.
Big Ben was recognized as the world's largest four side facing and striking clock in 1859 after the completion of its construction. With endless visitors to Big Ben clock tower throughout the year, Big Ben represents the whole of London to the outside world. Earlier the tour to Big Ben London to get to the top was absolutely free, but recently the services were put to hold except on Sundays as a part of the restoration work that commenced in the year 2017. Big Ben London is the unofficial name of the Clock Tower and is believed to have been named after Sir. Benjamin Hall, the president of the board of the works and it was during his tenure the work was casted.
Usually tours to Big Ben London are absolutely free and the safety is ensured while climbing the stairs. Big Ben is open to tourists throughout the year and a complete tour around the same almost takes 1-1:30 hours time. However, due to the recent restoration work, it was closed and only Sundays were open for visitors. Apart from Big Ben, there are a number of other historical monuments in the nearby localities and all of them are worth visiting for their artwork and amazing architecture.
Location: North region Westminster, London, United Kingdom.
Timings: Currently closed due to the restoration work, expected to open by Spring 2023.
Best time to visit: Evening time is the most recommended time to visit Big Ben.