Historic and celebrated
The tower, designed by Sir Charles Barry, was officially christened the St. Stephen’s Tower when it rang for the first time on 11th July 1859. Big Ben was the nickname given to the Great Bell that chimes the hours. However, over the years, the name has come to represent the clock tower. In 2012, the Clock Tower took on a new name, the Elizabeth Tower in honor of Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee.
Big Ben was the largest clock in the world for several years and is currently the largest clock in Great Britain.
Inside the Elizabeth Tower
The 11-storey tower stands 96 meters tall and visitors (only British citizens) are taken on tours that take them past 334 steps up to the belfry for a spectacular view of London. Overseas visitors, however, can still enjoy the clock tower’s exquisite architecture and its unique location beside the majestic Westminster Palace.