Ross-on-Wye is a charming little market town right on the Wye and close to the Forest of Dean. It might seem strange, but Ross-on-Wye is apparently the birthplace of the British tourist industry. It all started in 1745, when the rector of Ross began taking his friends on boat trips down the river to see the dramatic scenery of the Wye valley. As well as the impressive cliffs and gorges, the valley is dotted with castles and old abbeys, creating a very picturesque, romantic view. Some of the best places to stay in Ross-on-Wye also share some of these views down the valley.
These days Ross-on-Wye still has its picturesque surrounds to attract visitors, but it also has lovely little streets lined with cafes, teahouses and independent shops, surrounding quite a grand market hall and square, where they hold markets every Saturday and Thursday. Ross-on-Wye also has a lovely church, St. Mary’s, and it’s about a mile away from a delightfully ruined castle, Wilton.
As you'd expect being the birthplace of tourism, the best places to stay in Ross on Wye are very popular year round, so don't leave your bookings till the last minute.
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Country restaurant with rooms on the banks of the River Wye. Wholesome country food, elegant rooms, beautiful garden lawns.