Tour Big Ben at the Palace of Westminster, London with Google Earth Tours
Make a virtual field trip the United Kingdom’s most iconic landmark, Big Ben. You will be using Google Earth to watch a pre-recorded tour of the famous Clock Tower at the Palace of Westminster, and its surroundings. Learn all about Big Ben and its place in London. The trip lasts for 5 minutes and 12 seconds.
Making cameo appearances on the trip are the London Eye, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, and much more.
The product includes a document of about 25 talking points and interesting facts about the historic tourist attraction.
The tour is also accompanied by a PDF file that describes what you are seeing based on the corresponding minutes in the video. This is so you can pause the tour at the given time stamp and let the class know what they are looking at.
For example the document says at, “3:02 – 3:15 – This is another close up of Elizabeth Tower with the camera facing west.
* The park behind it is called Parliament Square, a popular tourist site with its 11 statues of famous historical figures. Sir Winston Churchill, Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, and Abraham Lincoln are just a few.
* Because of its central and well-known location, it is also a popular meeting place for protests and demonstrations.
The tour begins with a view of Europe from outer space. You are then zoomed in to the site’s locations to see it from a variety of different viewpoints. The angles are chosen so the students can get a good idea of the structure’s location, as well as, its physical relationship to the other landmarks in its vicinity. Finally, you are taken back out to a long shot of Europe.
To watch, all you have to do is click on the file, Google Earth will open and you will be taken on a short trip to the World Heritage site. * Your computer must have Google Earth to watch these tours.
Feel free to visit some other famous landmarks in the Americas.
1. The Golden Gate Bridge (3:29)
2. Chichen Itza (5:38)
3. Niagara Falls (2:10)
4. Panama Canal (3:02)
5. Statue of Liberty (2:07)
6. Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri (1:06)
7. Mount Rushmore (3:02)
8. Machu Picchu (5:07)
9. Freedom Tower, aka One World Trade Center
Here are some European landmarks.
1. Stonehenge (3:29)
2. The Acropolis (5:38)
3. The Colosseum (5:38)
4. The Leaning Tower of Pisa (3:28)
5. The Eiffel Tower (3:15)
6. Big Ben (5:12)
7. Notre Dame de Paris (4:20)
Tour some African sites.
1. The Egyptian Pyramids and the Great Sphinx of Giza (3:15)
These tours work great with social studies lessons about famous landmarks, maps, cardinal directions, etc.
Here are a few links to some helpful tutorials on how to use Google Earth.
How to Use Google Earth For Beginners – by Rick Castellini on YouTube
Beginner Google Earth Tutorial Videos by Google
Beginner’s Guide to Using Google Earth – by The Land Brothers
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The cover photo is by Hernán Piñera and has a Creative Commons license. The photo can be found @ https://www.flickr.com/photos/hernanpc/8706453607/
Google Earth Tour Map Attribution
Map Data: Google, Image Landsat / Copernicus
Data SIO, NOAA, U.S. Navy, NGA, GEBCO
Image U.S. Geological Survey
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