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See inside Big Ben

Close-up of the west and north-facing clock-faces of the Clock Tower (Big Ben).

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    • Big Ben is what people think of as the Clock Tower next to the Houses of Parliament in London.

      Most people think that Big Ben is the tower, the clock and the bell but the name was first given to the Great Bell.

      The Great Bell (Big Ben)© Parliamentary copyright images are reproduced with the permission of Parliament
      The Clock Tower was completed in 1859, the Great Clock started on May 31 1859 and the Great Bell's chimes were heard for the first time on July 11 1859.

      The clock tower was renamed Elizabeth Tower in 2012 to honour Queen Elizabeth II's diamond jubilee.

      Did you know that you can visit Big Ben and go up inside the Clock Tower if you're 11 years old or above? You can find out how to by following this link.

      A view of Big Ben from the Ayrton light.© Parliamentary copyright images are reproduced with the permission of Parliament
      Why not watch the tour on YouTube?



      Parliament's Education Service has a fab game for you. It's called Race Against Chime. Big Ben's clock dial needs a good clean. Can you swing to the rescue?

      Parliament has a special Big Ben site where you can find out loads more about this famous landmark!

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