The Houses of Parliament and Elizabeth Tower, commonly called Big Ben, are among London's most iconic landmarks and must-see London attractions. Technically, Big Ben is the name given to the massive bell inside the clock tower, which weighs more than 13 tons (13,760 kg).
Moreover, why is Big Ben called Big Ben?
Nickname. The origin of the nickname Big Ben is the subject of some debate. The nickname was applied first to the Great Bell; it may have been named after Sir Benjamin Hall, who oversaw the installation of the Great Bell, or after English heavyweight boxing champion Benjamin Caunt.
Beside above, can you visit Big Ben?
Tours of the Big Ben tower are reserved to UK residents, however visits to the Houses of Parliament are available through the official website: www.parliament.uk/visiting/. Free to check out the tower, but a tour of the Houses of Parliament building £25.00 for adults, more with added perks.
What is the bell in Big Ben called?
Officially, the Elizabeth Tower's bell is called the Great Bell though it is better known by the name 'Big Ben'. These are that the Great Bell was: named after Sir Benjamin Hall, First Commissioner for Works 1855-1858. named after Ben Caunt, a champion heavyweight boxer of the 1850s.
Was Big Ben bombed in ww2?
London's 'Big Ben' tower more badly damaged by Nazi bombs than thought. Although the tower survived Nazi bombing, its roof and dials were damaged in a May 1941 air raid which destroyed the main House of Commons chamber.