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Big Ben

Big Ben is probably the world's most famous clock. That iconic silhouette is instantly recognisable and is one of the most Instagrammed landmarks on the planet.  

Six monarchs and 41 prime ministers have come and gone since the bells first struck their now familiar music across Westminster.  

Here we tell Big Ben's historic story in words and images. It's a rich tale of drama, intrigue and politics. Discover why it was built, the engineers and clockmakers who created this horological masterpiece and the incredible efforts being made to restore Big Ben to its former glory, even exceed it.  

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Discover the range of Big Ben-related gifts and souvenirs available online.

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Big Ben guide book

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This book tells the story of the iconic tower, the Great Clock and bell which became known as 'Big Ben'. Contains over 130 images and illustrations.

Big Ben guide book

Visit Parliament

UK Parliament is open for visitors to take a tour, attend debates or watch committee hearings inside one of the world’s most iconic buildings.