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17 October 2019A Tour of Big Ben
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A Tour of Big Ben Tim Redmond Thursday 17 October 2019

‘Big Ben’ is one of the most iconic buildings in the world – it identifies the UK and democracy in the Western world. But there is a lot more to this tower than the beautiful external gothic architecture. Using stunning images, we will be taken on a virtual tour of the interior, saving us the effort of climbing 334 spiral stairs.

We will hear about the controversial personalities involved in the designing and building of the tower and look behind the magnificent clock faces before going into the belfry to see Big Ben.