Why Tourists Love to Visit London
London is a great tourist destination. Whenever people go on a vacation, one of the cities that is always in their itinerary is London. Its such a great place to spend your vacation with. It is one of the most beautiful cities of the world. Everybody wants to witness the huge clock Big Ben ticking, visit Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey, witness the magnificent attraction at the London Aquarium, have their photos taken with their favorite stars at Madame Taussand's museum, and so many more. The city of London has a lot to offer to eager tourists.
So as a tourist, what can we expect from this beautiful and very historic city ? Below are some of the great tourist attractions that are waiting for you when you get there.
Tower of London
The Tower of London is Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress. It was built on the Thames by William the Conqueror in 1066 to protect London and assert his power. The Tower of London has become one of the symbols of royalty and was built around the White Tower.
It is a historic monument in central London located on the north bank of the River Thames and the Tower Bridge, within the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Between the river and the Tower is Tower Wharf, a freely accessible walkway with views of the river, tower and bridge. The open space known as the Tower Hill separates it from the eastern edge of the City of London.
London Aquarium is the world's greatest aquarium giving you a magical marine life experience which is situated in the heart of London.. The new SEA LIFE London Aquarium will bring you to the world of magnificent marine life adventure. London Aquarium is situated in the County Hall Building on the banks of the River Thames, located right next door to the London Eye and Westminster Bridge. You will witness first hand different species of shark as well as Europe's largest selection of Cow Nosed rays.
The aquarium has a collection of around 350 species of fish. It has three floors and 14 different zones (freshwater stream, Atlantic upper, rivers and ponds, Pacific upper, Indian Ocean, Atlantic lower, touch pool, temperate waters, Pacific lower, coral reef, invertebrates, tropical freshwater, mangrove and rainforest). The displays include deep oceans, fresh water ponds, coral reefs and mangrove swamps. Look out for the piranhas, sharks, starfish, seahorses and many varieties of fish.
Images of London
London Eye is currently the tallest big wheel in the world, standing at 135m in height. Each of the London Eye's 32 capsules weigh 10 tonnes, take approximately 30 minutes to complete one rotation and travel at less than 1 km per hour. It took seven years and the skills of hundreds of people from five countries to make the London Eye a reality. The circumference of the wheel is 424m (1.392ft) - meaning that if it were unravelled, it would be 1.75 times longer than the UK's tallest building - One Canada Square in Canary Wharf.
The height of the London Eye is 135m (equivalent to 64 red telephone boxes piled on top of each other) making it the fourth tallest structure in London after the BT Tower, Tower 42 and One Canada Square in Canary Wharf. It is located on the South Bank of the river Thames, and is opposite Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Some of the sights you can view during that spectacular ride on the London Eye are the Houses of Parliament, St Paul’s Cathedral, the British Telecom Tower, the Canada Tower at Canary Wharf and Heathrow Airport.
Madame Tussauds is one of the oldest and most famous London tourist attractions. Experience and have your pictures taken with your favorite celebrities at the museum. The experience is really enjoyable and exciting that's why almost all tourists don't want to skip visiting the museum. Madam Tussannds is located on Marylebone Road, just off the famous Baker Street. It is best to arrive early at the museum or book your ticket beforehand.
Big Ben is one of the most famous landmark in London. The main bell, officially known as the Great Bell, is the largest bell in the tower and part of the Great Clock of Westminster. The bell is better known by the nickname Big Ben. The nickname is often also used to refer to the clock and the clock tower. This is the world's largest four-faced, chiming clock and the third largest free-standing clock tower in the world. It celebrates its 150th birthday in 2009, during which celebratory events are planned. It is best seen at night when the clock faces are illuminated. (Wikipedia)
The four dials of the clock are 23 feet square, the minute hand is 14 feet long and the figures are 2 feet high. Minutely regulated with a stack of coins placed on the huge pendulum. The name Big Ben actually refers to the thirteen ton bell hung within and it was named after the first commissioner of works, Sir Benjamin Hall.
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