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Big Ben

Address
Big Ben Westminster London SW1A 0AA United
  • Attributes
  • Nearest Station
    Westminster

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.