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“Living bit of English history”

The Ripon Hornblower
Ranked #6 of 33 things to do in Ripon
Certificate of Excellence
Ripon, United Kingdom
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155 reviews
98 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Living bit of English history”
Reviewed 29 July 2013

9:00 pm at Market Cross on Ripon Market Place. Only takes a few minutes for the hornblower to give his informative talk &then blow the horn to 'set the watch'. Then all good burgers can sleep in peace!

Visited May 2013
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English first
Ripon, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Ripon Hornblower”
Reviewed 29 July 2013

If you are in the area then you just have to get yourself into the market square for 20.55 to watch the Ripon Horn blower. One of the Worlds longest unbroken traditions happens every single night at 9.
As a Ripon resident we often take visiting family and friends to see him 'set the watch'. Our 'normal tour' is 1700 Evening song at the Cathedral, something to eat along Kirkgate, a tray of beer tasters at The One Eyed Rat the the Horn blower. Fab entertainment and history.

Visited July 2013
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Great Bookham, null, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
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“A nine o'clock date”
Reviewed 2 July 2013

What a pleasure to see this first hand. Make a point to see the Hornblower if you are near Ripon. What a wonderful tradition to maintain. He blows his horn at 9 o'clock every night and has done since 885. We had the pleasure of seeing the hornblower performing in front of the Major - an added bonus. Go and see him at the cross in Ripon market square if you get the chance!

Visited June 2013
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Brisbane Region, Australia
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367 reviews
268 attraction reviews
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“Riponians value their heritage, and this is a great way to express it..”
Reviewed 28 June 2013

The current Hornblower is a storyteller to be admired; a Yorkshire showman of distinction and if in this great little town [ oops, City ] then his 9 pm show should not be missed. He is informative, funny. serious and good fun, as he involves everyone in the crowd in this performance. Good on you Ripon, keep up the good work.

Visited June 2013
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Ripon, United Kingdom
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“Great night out”
Reviewed 22 June 2013

Ignore the comment of the Diva below about stale beer... sad...

I have lived in Ripon for 2 1/2 yrs now. I bring all my family up to watch the Hornblower and all my family have very enjoyed witnessing this tradition play out! Even my Baptist in-laws that detest any sight of Alcohol (it is rough for us as we enjoy the pubs and pints). only here for 6 more months, and still enjoy bringing the family that visits to witness!

Visited June 2013
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