With the backdrop of last Tuesdays lightening storm the Horn blower performed perfectly. Entertaining the few brave souls who were out on such a night. I had not previously heard of this tradition but was so glad I have witnessed it and I encourage anyone in Ripon at the town square at 9pm to watch too. Excellent show.
Locals and visitors alike can learn a lot about the history of Ripon and indeed England by watching this ancient ceremony and hearing about its origins in the time of Alfred the Great, and it's well worth following the Hornblower to wherever the mayor happens to be that evening for the rest of the ceremony, which is often in The... 更多
A unique attraction not to be missed, worth leaving the pub or restaurant to see, this added to our enjoyment of our recent stay in Ripon
I have to admit to being biased as a friend is one of the Hornblowers. This was the first time I had actually witnessed the ceremony dating back to 1604. Every night, whatever the weather the Hornblower is found in the market place ready to blow the horn at 9pm. I thoroughly enjoyed the ceremony followed by a short talk... 更多
Saw and heard the Hornblower for the second time recently. There are now three men who share the job, but I'm sure that they are all equally entertaining and knowledgeable about the tradition. Definitely worth leaving the pub/restaurant to be in the Square at 9pm where you will have 15 minutes or so of history to enjoy.
We were told of this by family who we were visiting. We went to the square at 9pm after a meal out to see for ourselves. There is a rota for the hornblowers so I can only comment on the guy that night. Very interesting talk, very funny guy with good anecdotes and presented with all of the enthusiasm in... 更多
So glad the lady in the tourism office told us about this. Each night at 9pm a tradition that dates from the early 17c takes place in the market square. The hornblower blows his horns 4 time explains the tradition to the audience and then concludes with 3 further blows on the steps of the town hall. All in all... 更多
Living fairly local to Ripon we always make a point of taking our visitors to amaze them with the Ripon Hornblower. Visiting on this occasion we were also entertained by the Ripon Murmurers (I think that's what they called themselves but a bit like Morris dancers) something we have never experienced on our many previous visits. The Ripon Horn blower... 更多
Whilst looking for somewhere to stay in North Yorkshire I found the historical background to the Watchman in Ripon. We decided to book a hotel there because we both love history. We were not disappointed. We got to the obelisk just before 9.00 and started to chat to a man who was tidying up litter. it turned out that he... 更多