Landmarks: Big Ben

Is your dream to see the world’s famous landmarks?

A good start would be to visit the infamous Big Ben.

Big Ben and the Parliament buildings-London, England

Big Ben is a popular landmark in London, England at the North end of the Palace of Westminster and is nicknamed after the largest of 5 bells which weighs 13.5 tons. This is just one of its many names. Completed in 1859 it was the largest and most accurate four faced striking and chiming clocks in the world. The climb to the top is 334 steps for those who like a bit of a workout. But is only open inside to local residents not tourists. The clock uses it’s original Victorian mechanism but an electric motor can be used as a backup. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site and currently under renovation until 2021. At the base of each clock dial is the Latin inscription “DOMINE SALVAM FAC REGINAM NOSTRAM VICTORIAM PRIMAM” which means “OH LORD, KEEP SAFE OUR QUEEN VICTORIA THE FIRST”.

Although tourists are not allowed inside the tower, you may be able to get some awesome pictures of the outside. One way to do that is to buy a ticket for a hop on/hop off bus to see the marvels of Big Ben in London, England for approx £45 adults/£26 children/£134 family for 72 hrs up to 3 days.

If visiting England is on your bucket list, make sure you have enough time to visit this extraordinary landmark.

What else would you like to see or do while visiting England? Please let me know in the comments below. More to come…

Published by passion4cruising

Travel Blogger. Passion for cruising and solo travel. Insurance underwriter/CIP. Love to sing. Like classic cars.

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