Big Ben Facts for Kids
- Name: Big Ben
- Alternate Names: Elizabeth Tower, Great Bell
- Location: London, United Kingdom, Europe
- Address: Westminster, London SW1A 0AA, United Kingdom
- Built: 1859 (completed)
- Main Bell Weight: 15.1+ tons
- Significance: A cultural symbol of the United Kingdom
24 Big Ben Facts for Kids
- Big Ben is a collective nickname for a bell and a bell tower in England.
- Big Ben is a famous and easy to recognize cultural symbol of the United Kingdom.
- Big Ben is a part of the Palace of Westminster in London, England, Europe.
- The street address for Big Ben and the Palace of Westminster is Westminster, London SW1A 0AA, UK.
- The original office name for Big Ben was the Clock Tower, but in 2012 it was renamed to Elizabeth Tower to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II.
- In fact, a common misconception outside of England is Big Ben is the name of the clock tower. The nickname Big Ben is the name of the largest bell in the tower.
- Big Ben and the Palace of Westminster were designed by English architect Augustus Pugin.
- Construction of Big Ben was finished on May 31st, 1859.
- Big Ben first chimed on July 11th, 1859.
- Big Ben’s bells chime every 15 minutes when fully operational.
- The height of Big Ben is 315 feet.
- The length of each side of Big Ben’s base are 39 feet.
- There are four clock faces on Big Ben.
- Each clock face has a diameter of 23 feet.
- There are 334 steps between the ground and Big Ben’s belfry.
- The hour hand on each clock face are 9 feet long.
- The minute hand on each clock face are 14 feet long.
- The clockwork mechanism inside of Big Ben is hand wound three times a week.
- It takes about 1.5 hours to complete a wounding session for Big Ben.
- Only a resident of the United Kingdom and those residents sponsored by someone in the Parliament of the House of Lords can take an inside tour of Big Ben.
- In 1941, two of Big Ben’s clock faces were damaged by German bombing during World War 2.
- In 1965, the bells were disabled on January 30th for the funeral of Winston Churchill.
- In 1987, Big Ben was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- In 2017, the bells were disabled to protect the hearing of workers who are restoring Big Ben.
Pictures of Big Ben
A picture of the clock face on Big Ben.
A picture looking up at Big Ben tower.
A street view picture of Big Ben tower.
A picture of Big Ben during the day.
A picture of Big Ben during a sunset.
A picture of Big Ben during the nighttime.
Find More Facts About Big Ben
- Official Website for Big Ben – Learn more about Big Ben on the United Kingdom Parliment website.
- Facts About Big Ben – Find more facts and information about Big Ben on the Visit London website.
- Big Ben on Britannica – Explore the Britannica website to learn more about Big Ben.
- Big Ben on Wikipieda – Discover more about the history of Big Ben on the Wikipedia website.