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About Ross-on-Wye

Wye Valley

The market town of Ross-on-Wye is situated high on a sandstone cliff that overlooks the beautiful River Wye.  This town is the gateway to the beautiful Wye Valley, near the Forest of Dean in the heart of Herefordshire.

Ross-on-Wye has been a well known tourist destination since 1808, when the attractive scenery lured boats into making regular excursions down the River Wye. Today, canoeing down the river is a very popular activity.

Amongst the well known features within the town is St Mary’s Church (whose spire dominates the skyline as you approach Ross-on-Wye) and the adjacent Prospect Gardens.  Both are worthwhile places to visit.

Prospect Gardens at St Mary's Church

Other noted places to see are the Market House building in Market Square where Tudor timbered houses cluster around the 17th Century Market Hall which still holds a market twice a week. Wilton Castle and Goodrich Castle are also popular destinations.

Symonds Yat Waterside East End

Ross-on-Wye is a perfect base from which to explore the district – including the Malvern Hills, The Brecon Beacons, the Black Mountains, Symonds Yat and the Forest of Dean.  The town is also within easy reach of Hereford, Gloucester and Worcester.

The countryside, with the quaint old pubs and eateries are good reason to take a drive. It the tar does not grab you, then take a cruise or maybe even take a ride in a Hot-Air Balloon to view the visual bounty.

Fishing on the Wye River

For the sports lover, there is golf, tennis, fishing, cycling and canoeing. The River Wye meanders from the Welsh mountains through Hay-on-Wye and Hereford and at Ross-on-Wye it speeds up and the waters become more turbulent and fast flowing and then it reaches the rapids at Symonds Yat.  If you are adventurous try the white waters in a canoe or kayak. You can also relax and stroll along the riverbank or experience some of the many excellent walks and trails around the area. Ross-On-Wye is a year round destination.  

Wye River Canoeing

Visit Ross-on-Wye during the May Fayre when you may even chance a dance around the maypole.  This popular event in early May offers a variety of music and dance such as bagpipes, show tunes and pop.  Expect food and craft stalls and local restaurants with outside seating enabling visitors to enjoy the entertainment and festivities.

A spot of history

Ross first became a settlement around the time of the Saxon invaders and probably began with only an iron-age fort on Chase hill.

This area surrounding the town contains Medieval Castles and Roman forts and Neolithic settlements as well as prehistoric caves.  It is certainly steeped in history.


Although there is no train station, there are many buses and well designed roadway and motorway links to other towns and cities.