Ross-on-Wye is a characterful market town surrounded by rolling countryside and set in the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The town is a stone’s throw from the Welsh border and will charm you with its cobbled streets, centuries-old buildings and some fantastic places to shop, dine and drink.
Things to do in Ross-on-Wye
Strolling around the town centre and exploring the surrounding countryside, you’ll be retracing the footsteps of famous British travel writer, William Gilpin. More than 200 years ago, Gilpin wrote a travel guide to the Wye Valley, which is widely regarded as one of the first guidebooks in Britain.
Goodrich Castle is tucked away in the Forest of Dean and recalls the region’s ancient past. Pick up an audio guide to learn more about the Norman stronghold, which inspired the likes of William Wordsworth. It’s perched on a rocky escarpment and commands sweeping views over the countryside.
After a day exploring the Wye Valley, return to the village for a meal at an atmospheric pub. Enjoy dishes made with farm-fresh Herefordshire ingredients like grass-fed beef steaks and triple-cream soft cheese. Pair your meal with a glass of locally-made cider.
Market House is one of the oldest buildings in Ross-on-Wye, built in the 1600s. The upper floor houses a fantastic gift shop filled with locally made arts and crafts. Ross-on-Wye also hosts twice-weekly markets where you can pick up unique souvenirs such as hand-painted pottery, carved wooden ornaments and one-of-a-kind art.
Getting around Ross-on-Wye
Ross-on-Wye is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot. Rental cars offer the freedom to explore the Wye Valley at your own pace. The town is a 1.5-hour drive from Birmingham and three hours from London. Trains run between London and Gloucester in around two hours. From here, it’s a 30-minute drive to Ross-on-Wye.