Big Ben

Last modified
Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Description of App

During 2009, the UK Parliament celebrated the 150th anniversary of its world famous Clock Tower, Great Clock and Great Bell.

The name Big Ben is often used to describe the tower, the clock and the bell but the name was first given to the Great Bell. 1859 was the beginning for
all three elements when the Clock Tower was completed, the Great Clock started on 31 May and the Great Bell’s chimes were heard for the first time on 11

Have your iPhone (or iPod Touch) display the time of day in style.

Options include:

adding a digital clock display
showing a seconds hand
having it make a tick-tock sound
having it chime every quarter of an hour and toll on the hour (the chiming and tolling sounds will play even when the app is not open, so long as your
device is not muted and you allow notifications in the General Settings for Big Ben)

Pointless? Maybe. Decorative? Certainly.

NB Sounds will only play through earphones on 1st gen iPod Touch.

Thanks to all who left comments and suggestions for improvement. In particular to Dave, whose persistence finally motivated us to release this new version.



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Apple Watch Support


iOS Version


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Accessibility Comments

This app is completely accessible. The Settings button is labelled, and you don't even need to go in there after you set itup once. The chimes play even when the app is closed. When 3D touch is activated on the app, a menu comes up allowingi you to turn the chimes on and off.

VoiceOver Performance

VoiceOver reads all page elements.

Button Labeling

All buttons are clearly labeled.


The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver and is easy to navigate and use.

Other Comments

This is a very straightforward app. You open it once to enable notifications so that the sounds can work, then turn the sounds on. After that you don't need to touch it. When Do Not Disturb is enabled, the app will be off too. This is also the case when the phone is muted.


2 people have recommended this app

Most recently recommended by John Moore 6 years 1 month ago



Submitted by Gadget Meistress on Tuesday, October 27, 2015

I've had this clock now for roughly up to three years. Was looking for something that could best give the nice Westminster chime sounds, and have tried a couple that sounded like they were obviously done off a keyboard. Then I found this Big Ben app, took the financial risk, and bingo, the closest ever to a real sounding bunch of clock chimes, in fact the real big Ben chimes right at my disposal. Not sure if the ticking noise that you can activate whilst the app is running is real or not. A bit odd sounding it was. But, the chimes are nice, and as of the latest version, the accessibility is definitely good when setting it up.