Visit Big Ben, one of the most iconic landmarks in London. A lot of people may not know that Big Ben is not the tower but the bell. The name of the tower is actually the Elizabeth Tower, named after Queen Elizabeth II in 2012 for her diamond jubilee. In fact, Big Ben is just the nickname for the bell, its official name being the Great Bell.
Whilst exploring the famous tower, the tour will take you up the 334 stone spiral steps to the top to hear the bell strike the hour. As well as seeing a spectacular view of London from 62 metres up the tower, you will also go behind the clock faces and have the opportunity to visit the mechanism room to learn about how the clock works in the 21st Century.
Even as a teenager, it was really interesting actually visiting Big Ben. Getting to know that the tower is actually called Elizabeth Tower and the clock is called Big Ben. We had to organise it through our local MP and it did take quite a long time so I recommend you do it at the beginning of the year if you want to do it in the summer…
The good news is it’s free so i have been able to tick it off my “bucket list”. I’d recommend this to any family or individuals wanting to do some sightseeing in London.
You can find loads more information by Laura Porter at aboutlondonlaura.com
As of April 2022, there’s still scaffolding on Elizabeth Tower, but it’s still an impressive sight. The clock face is now clear of scaffolding. We were unprepared for how massive it is. I might wait to visit until it’s been fully restored, but it’s incredible to hear Big Ben (the bell inside) ring on the hour – you can practically feel it. There are a lot of interesting facts about the building that are engaging for young visitors, such as the height of Elizabeth Tower is the same as 22 double decker buses stacked on top of each other and the clock face being 7 meters in diameter. Another being that it’s really the large bell inside that’s called Big Ben, not the whole tower. It’s a beautiful sight and I hope that the scaffolding comes down soon so that it’s even more impressive for all to see.