Big Ben is the nickname of the largest Tower bells which weighs 13.7 tonnes, and first chimed in 1859. The bells ring to commemorate the armistice when World War I (1914-1918) ended on the 11th November 1918. The bells of Big Ben can be heard up to 5 miles away. The collective weight of the four clock faces is over 5 tonnes, each clock face has over 312 panes of Opal glass.
The Latin inscription Underneath each clock face reads;
DOMINE SALVAM FAC REGINAM NOSTRAM VICTORIAM PRIMAM
Lord Save Our Queen Victoria I.
Where is Big Ben? It is a 1 minute walk from Westminster Station in zone 1. Westminster serves the Jubilee, District, Circle lines.
What is nearby on foot? Cenotaph 4 mins, Jewel Tower 4 mins, Palace of Westminster 3 mins, Westminster Abbey 4 mins, Parliament Square 3 mins, Westminster Bridge 6 mins, Horse Guards Parade 8 mins, Churchill War Rooms 7 mins, London Eye 11 mins, Buckingham Palace 24 mins.
Did you know? Big Ben’s real name is The Elizabeth Tower.