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The Ripon Hornblower

Market Square, Ripon, England
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Ripon Hornblower.

Take part in a great bit of history every night in the centre of Ripon in the market square. it... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Rachel S
Lovely historic tradition

I’ve seen the hornblower many times over the years. From when I lived in ripon, to now, when I... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Yottabites
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Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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Market Square, Ripon, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Take part in a great bit of history every night in the centre of Ripon in the market square. it has been going without missing a night for over 800 years!! Really interesting and unique. Well worth stopping by.

Thank Rachel S
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I’ve seen the hornblower many times over the years. From when I lived in ripon, to now, when I visit.

Thank Yottabites
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Reviewed May 3, 2018

Once the evening’s hornblower had performed her evening’s duty, she explained the procedure to us and happily answered our questions. It was very interesting.

Thank MarjofromBrissie
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Reviewed March 12, 2018

This is a unique experience to me The hornblower blows his horn every evening at 9pm in the market place. Its meant to signify that all is well I believe, so beware if you dont hear him!

1  Thank Gill R
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Reviewed March 8, 2018

A tradition that has been going for centuries - the sounding of the "all clear" at dusk every night - one of the horns used dates to 17th century - the wakeman most obliging to answer any questions

Thank sig888
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Reviewed February 25, 2018

I have to admit history is a passion of mine so to hear the horn blower tradition still exists really interested me. He gave a good talk about why it still takes place and the history of Ripon in general. Defiantly go to see him...More

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Reviewed February 4, 2018 via mobile

I've stayed in Ripon on quite a few occasions but I've only seen Ripons hornblower in action 3 times. He starts at 9.00 and carries on with the ancient custom of blowing his horn. He always attracts a crowd and he will happily talk to...More

Thank Kevin L
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Reviewed November 12, 2017

Well worth going to the market square at 9 o,clock to hear the horn blown and the history behind which was really interesting and there were people from all over the UK.

Thank madrednige
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Reviewed October 7, 2017

Every evening, without fail, the hornblower blows his horn from the four corners of the monument. Then he blows in front of the Town Hall (or is it City Hall?) He tells you about this tradition and about the history ( a little) of Ripon....More

Thank Dennis M
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Reviewed October 2, 2017 via mobile

We live in ripon so pretty much take for granted but recently babysitting for my grandchildren and took them up to watch this ceremonial ritual which they really enjoyed hornblower was Wayne that night and he was great with kids telling them the story behind...More

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