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The Ripon Hornblower

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Address: Market Square, Ripon, England

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We were told about this tradition so after a meal locally decided to wait and see the Hornblower.He was full of local knowledge and told us a lot about the history of Ripon.

Reviewed 1 week ago
Exeter, United Kingdom
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were told about this tradition so after a meal locally decided to wait and see the Hornblower.He was full of local knowledge and told us a lot about the history of Ripon.

Thank cjc46tm
Exeter, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

This guy really knew his stuff. It's not just a chance to see a tradition which claims, perhaps rather dubiously, to have been a continual feature for more than 12 centuries. The talk is clearly aimed at families and children he did but he doesn't talk down to his audience. It's not didactic and he suggests that there are issues... More 

Thank Timothy_314
South Elmsall, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2017

we had a few drinks in here and was a pleasant place to visit. there is sky sports available and when we visite it had a DJ on saurday night

Thank marymoo303
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

Really fun to see this age old tradition. The hornblower was very knowledgeable and funny, well worth popping over to the square at 9pm!

Thank webblorna
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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124 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017

At 9pm every night the Ripon Hornblower blows his horn in the Market square. A historical and unique moment of local history.

Thank Wendy M
Redcar, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

We've listened to a few of their stories over the years, always worth stopping and enjoying a little history blended with friendly humour. They are all very knowledgeable about the history of Ripon.

Thank chezan
Blackpool, United Kingdom
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460 reviews
240 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 350 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 January 2017

What a beautiful story teller this gentleman is. He blows his horn at 9pm every night of the year(so he tells us) He talks about the history of Ripon and the tradition of blowing his horn in an amusing and informative way. Lovely, unusual experience.

2 Thank davidwilliambarnes
Edmonton, Canada
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22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017

A must see if you go to Ripon, an integral part of history. The Hornblower will blow the horn at the 4 corners of a statue and then proceed to tell you the reason and history behind the tradition. He even does a selfie with the group that shows up to see him and the posts it to the Facebook... More 

Thank Julie F
Broughton Astley, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2016

a cold frosty evening but well worth waitng for. a crowd of perhaps 15 -20 people had gathered round the town hall and were rewarded by a really informative and amusing talk, only lasted about 10 minutes but really great.

1 Thank John C
Braunschweig, Germany
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8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 December 2016

After sounding his horn, the Hornblower will give a warm welcome to all attendants, and a brief history of the tradition he represents along with an entertaining summary of Ripon's history.

Thank floatercoffee

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