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Palace of Westminster & Big Ben

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Parliament's Splendid Home

This famous edifice is where the heart of the English government truly lies, as it is the meeting place of the two Houses of Parliament: the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Its striking Gothic-style facade belies its true history: after burning to the ground in 1834, the entire complex was rebuilt with a design that reflects London's medieval past. Aside from its true purpose of running the country, the Palace of Westminster has become a tourist attraction for its most famous tenant. Housed inside of the Elizabeth Tower on the north end of the palace is the world's most storied bell: Big Ben. He chimes every fifteen minutes, but the most spectacular bonging occurs at the top of the hour.

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*Tours of the Palace's interior are available on Saturdays throughout the year, and more regularly during summer. See this page for more details.

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