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 July.
Have your iPhone (or iPod Touch) display the time of day in style.
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.
• Now works with iOS 9, while still supporting versions 7 and 8.
• Supports all four iPhone screen sizes: 4, 5, 6 and 6 plus.
• Supports 3D Touch home screen shortcuts on iPhone 6s and 6s plus to quickly toggle digital clock and chimes on/off.
• Improved support for VoiceOver accessibility.
• The movement of the minutes hand is now gradual.
No full screen iPad support yet, but it will come at a later date.
Ratings and Reviews
Love it but...
... Really wish the app volume would correspond with the ringtone volume on your phone. I keep mine turned low, and would prefer the chimes to match. Also wish that if your phone is set to silent, the chimes don't sound like you're getting a text message every 15 minutes! Please add these features on the next update. Otherwise I love it, it makes me miss London so much!
This is Awesome
Big Ben is my favorite attraction in the whole world. I was saddened when I could not hear him when I came to London back in 2017. I used Big Ben as a church theme, and have the chimes as a ringtone. Thank you for this. I know I sound stupid, but this app is probably one of the best reasons I have an iPhone. He’s like an old friend...long story 😭😭😭 I hope this app continues onward!
Helps me keep track of time, esp when gaming or doing other work, but just like the previous reviewer, I really wish there was a way to schedule 'silent time' in the app!
The two images is a nice touch, but it'd be even nicer if there were more pictures for it to (automatically) choose from!
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.