Ross-on-Wye towers above the River Wye creating an opportunity for those visiting south Herefordshire to really enjoy some of the most stunning scenery and vistas. Stop at The Prospect viewpoint in St Mary’s Churchyard, created by John Kyrle, to gaze across the River Wye and beyond. The legacy of this philanthropist can be seen throughout the town, with the local grammar school named after him and he became known as the Man of Ross, which also became the name of a local pub.
Ross-on-Wye prides itself in being ideally placed to get the most out of your stay Herefordshire. With easy access to the M50 and M5, and also The Wye Valley, Forest of Dean and Symonds Yat, your visit will simply be packed with things to do. No surprise that Ross was hailed the birthplace of the tourist industry back in 1745, when boat trips along the river were offered to friends visiting Dr John Egerton at his rectory. By 1850 the Wye Tour was a favourite amongst visitors and Ross was established as a tourist area. Today many still enjoy the same tour and canoeing down or walking by the River Wye are now part of everyday life in this delightful market town. The Malvern Hills can be seen in the east and the Black Mountains in the west, there are castles to explore; just outside the town Goodrich Castle is one of the area’s most striking landmarks. The town is rich in art boasting a number of distinctive metal sculptures created by renowned artist and local resident Walenty Pytel. Steeped in tradition, with its Thursday and Saturday markets and bustling with people shopping the Ross way, independence is king here; you’ll find organic food, fresh bread, ciders and juices. There are plenty of restaurants to enjoy, pubs to quench your thirst and cafes to catch your breath in and reflect on just what a find Ross-on-Wye is.