There are many historic sites in the United Kingdom. Some of them have been there for a very long time. Some of the amazing structures such as Stonehenge date way back to 3000 B.C. Another great historic site that is in the United Kingdom is Big Ben which is a clock and bell tower in London, England. Another name for Big Ben is Elizabeth Tower but also known as the Great Bell. The total cost of Big Ben was £22,000 which equals out to 23,507.00 American dollars. Which was at the time was a large sum of money. $23,507.00 in 1859 is equivalent to $638,700.34 in 2017.The bell was shipped to London by rail and sea. The bell was hung in New Palace Yard where it was tested every day until October 17th, 1857 when a 1.2 meter crack appeared that nobody would take the blame for. After the bell was damaged they blamed it on the metals and weight of the bell. Warner was asking to high of a price for the bell to be repaired so they gave the project to George Mears. The second bell was cast on April 10, 1858. This bell was 2.5 tons lighter than the original bell. Its dimensions meant it was too large to fit up the Elizabeth Tower shaft vertically so Big Ben was turned on its side and winched up. It took thirty hours to winch the bell to the belfry in October 1858. Big Ben rang out on 11 July 1859 but its success was short-lived. In September 1859, the new bell also cracked and Big Ben was silent for four years. In 1863, a solution was found to Big Ben’s silence by Sir George Airy, the Astronomer Royal. Some of the problems that were solved was Big Ben was turned by a quarter turn so the hammer struck a different spot, Big Ben was turned by a quarter turn so the hammer struck a different spot,a small square was cut into the bell to prevent the crack from spreading. Apart from occasional stoppages Big Ben has struck ever since. Another great place in the United Kingdom is Stonehenge. Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, England, two miles west of Amesbury. It consists of a ring of standing stones, with each standing stone around thirteen feet high, seven feet wide and weighing around twenty-five tons. The prehistoric monument that took Neolithic builders an estimated 1,500 years to build. Located in southern England, it is comprised of roughly one hundred massive upright stones placed in a circular layout. At this time, when much of the rest of southern England was largely covered by trees, the chalk downland in the area of Stonehenge may have been an unusually open place. It is possible that this is why it became the site of an early Neolithic monument complex. It is possible that features such as the Heel Stone and the low mound known as the North Barrow were early components of Stonehenge, but the earliest known major event was the construction of a circular ditch with an inner and outer bank,built about 3000 BC. This enclosed an area about 100 metres in diameter, and had two entrances. Within the bank and ditch were possibly some timber structures and set just inside the bank were 56 pits they were known as the Aubrey Holes. Within the Aubrey Holes and around them is were people are rumored to be buried from back in the day. About 64 cremations have been found, and perhaps as many as 150 individuals were originally buried at Stonehenge, making it the largest late Neolithic cemetery in the British Isles.In about 2500 BC the stones were set up in the center of the monument. For centuries countless visitors have marvelled at the majesty and mystery of the Giants Causeway. At the heart of one of Europe’s most amazing coastlines it’s one of a kind rock formations have and for millions of years has stood as a natural rampart against the strong Atlantic storms. A lot of people go see stonehenge because of its amazing symmetry. Stonehenge is an amazing site in the United Kingdom that we should all experience.There is multiple Historic places in the United Kingdom another one being the London Eye. The london eye is a enormous ferris wheel that was built on the bank of River thames in 1999. While you are on the London Eye you can see things up to 25 miles away and on a clear day you can even see Windsor Castle. The London Eye is one of the highest viewing platform in London. The massive ferris wheel takes about thirty minutes to make a full revolution and it is slow enough to not have to stop for riders to get on and off. The London Eye took seven years to construct and was designed multiple architects including Mark Sparrowhawk, David Marks and Julia Barfield. The London Eye is a very attractive thing to do in London. More than 3 and a half million people every year go on the London Eye and it can carry 800 people on every revolution. There are 32 capsules one for each London borough. Each one weighs 10 tons and can carry 25 passengers. The capsules are air-conditioned and seats are provided, although passengers are able to walk around. At 135m high, the London Eye is one of the tallest buildings in the city. When the London Eye first opened it was called the Millennium Wheel. It has already become an iconic London building. It provides a focal point for London’s New Year’s firework display and was light up in the colours of the Union Jack to celebrate the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. The spindle which holds the wheel weighs over 300 tons and is 23 meters high. The London Eye is not the first big wheel to be located in London. The Great Wheel was constructed in 1895 for the Empire of India Exhibition. It was demolished in 1907 having being used by over 2 million people. When it was built in 1999, the 443 feet tall wheel was the world’s tallest. With more than 3.75 million visitors annually, The London Eye is the most popular paid tourist attraction in the United Kingdom. Just like the Eiffel Tower, the London Eye was originally planned as a temporary structure; built to stand on Lambeth Council’s ground on the banks of the Thames for around five years. In July 2002, Lambeth Council granted the London Eye a permanent licence. The London Eye was dreamt up by a UK design team, but its parts come from all over Europe. The wheel was developed and constructed in The Netherlands from UK steel, with cables from Italy, bearings from Germany, and the iron spindle and hub were cast in the Skoda factory in the Czech Republic. The capsules were made by cable-car specialists Poma in the French Alps. Also the double-curved laminated glass for the pods were made in Venice. Some people would not even call the London Eye a ferris wheel because the politically correct name for it is an observation wheel. The London eye is the Fourth largest ferris wheel in the world but it is not even in the top twenty tallest structures in London. The circumference of the wheel is 1,392 feet that means if it was not a wheel it would be taller than the Shard. The shard is the tallest building in London. On the London Eye the capsules are numbered one to twelve and then from fourteen to thirty-two. There is not a capsule numbered thirteen they do not use the number thirteen in London because it is a superstition that the number thirteen is considered unlucky. Something crazy about the London Eye is that it weighs over one thousand tons meaning that it weighs well over one million pounds. The London eye was assembled flat and they moved it onto eight temporary islands. The Eye was finally lifted into place in september of 1999. The process was not easy and did not come without some serious chaos while they were lifting it one of the cables snapped and it took some time to replace. The London Eye has been used for many different things but a big that that goes on there is marriage proposals. There has been over five thousand marriage proposals and there has even been over five hundred weddings. The first wedding was held at the London Eye in 2001 and there has many since that day. Another thing that the London Eye has been turned into is a pop up dining spot when London had the London restaurant festival. Celebrity chefs like Gordon Ramsay and Daniel Boulud served meals in one of the capsules for ten people, each of them paid a pretty penny in some cases up to $30,000 for the experience. Another amazing thing that happened to the Eye is The Red Bull Academy turned it into a rotating night club. They turned thirty of the capsules into different party environments to represent the culture of London. Artist like Lily Allen,Mark Ronson, and Richie Hawtin all performed in different pods. One thing that is different about the London Eye is that it is only held up by one side. Other ferris wheels are usually held up on both sides and the other ferris wheels are way smaller than the Eye. There have been a few people that have actually climbed up the London Eye some of them for political reasons and some of them just for pure entertainment. In 2004 a man dressed up as spiderman climbed the eye and spent eighteen hours on top of one of the pods in order to call attention to fathers rights in the United Kingdom. Many different cities have actually made observation wheels to add some entertainment to their cities. Those cities consist of Las vegas, Seattle, and Atlanta. The legoland in Windsor has an exact replication of the wheel completely made out of legos. The lego land also has a replication of Palace of Westminster, the Millennium Bridge, and Buckingham Palace. Also there is an exact replication that you can actually take a ride on it is just in a much smaller scale.