The name 'Big Ben' doesn't refer to the entire clock tower, only to the thirteen-ton bell that strikes on the hour. It has been suggested that the name Big Ben is derived from a popular heavyweight boxer by the name of Benjamin Caunt, however, the story today seems to be that it was named after Sir Benjamin Hall, a prominent politician at the time who was the Parliamentary Commissioner of Works. 2009 marks the 150th anniversary of the Clock Tower and the Bell.
The Houses of Parliament, also known as The Palace of Westminster, incorporates The House of Lords, Westminster Hall and The House of Commons. You can visit the Houses of Parliament and experience the proceedings from the public gallery, take a tour of the buildings, or climb the Clock Tower!
The Tower of London is, formerly both a royal palace and fortress, is actually the oldest palace and fortress in Europe. It's a huge landmark in England and a popular visitor attraction. The Tower is located on the banks of the River Thames and at the edge of the vibrant city of London City.
Bath is a wonderful city with much to offer. It's located in the Somerset countryside and as the name suggests it's home to ancient Roman baths (hot springs) that date back over 2,000 years. Bath is a vibrant city that'll keep you entertained from morning to night and it's only about 100 miles west of London.
Stonehenge is a hugely popular tourist attraction. It draws thousands each year and fails to amaze its visitors. Stonehenge is an impressive prehistoric monument located in Wiltshire and belongs to the World Heritage Site.
Stonehenge comprises of earthworks that are surrounded by a large circle of tall standing stones and several hundred burial monuments. Some archaeologists believe that the iconic stone monument was erected around 2500 BC.
Wimbledon is a suburb of London and is located just seven miles south west of Charing Cross. For the last century Wimbledon has been known world wide as the home of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships. Wimbledon has much to offer from great restaurants and cafés to shopping streets, centres and souvenir shops.
Windsor Castle is the oldest and occupied castle of its kind in the world. It's the official home of the Queen of England. Steeped in history it dates back almost 1,000 years. You can avail of a tour of the castle while you learn of the history. Please note opening hours vary and are subject to change.
Kew Gardens, also known as the Royal Botanic Gardens are one of the World's leading Botanic Gardens. The Kew Gardens are located beside the River Thames just 10km south west of Central London. Set on 300 acres of amazing landscaped gardens a trip to Kew Gardens is a must.
Westminister Abbey is a wonderful example of a Gothic church located in Westminister. The Abbey is the traditional place of coronation and burial for English Monarchs. A visit to the Abbey is highly recommended and you can avail of tours and learn of the rich history from times past.
The Lake District, also known as The Lakes or Lakeland, is a rural area in North West England and is a very popular holiday destination. It's famous for its lakes and it's linked to the early 19th century poetry and writings of poet William Wordsworth.