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The ancient market town of Ross-on-Wye in Herefordshire has stood on the banks of the River Wye for over seven centuries, its skyline dominated by the spire of St. Mary’s Church. The southern gateway to the county, Ross-on-Wye makes an excellent destination for a short or long break, and there are many B&Bs, family-run guesthouses and smart hotels to stay at when it comes to accommodation.
Ross-on-Wye is a great base for ramblers and for appreciators of nature in general, and you really get the best of all worlds here. Whether you opt to book into a comfortable little B&B or a plush hotel in the town centre, you can quickly walk out to St. Mary’s Churchyard for breathtaking views from the Prospect viewpoint of the surrounding hills and valleys, with the River Wye just a short stroll away.
This part of Herefordshire has a particularly rich and colourful history, best appreciated by booking in to one of Ross-on-Wye’s many lovely hotels or family-run guesthouses. The town’s Market House, which dates from the 17th Century, is a case in point. Townsfolk have been gathering here for centuries to trade all manner of goods and the scene today is still reminiscent of a Thomas Hardy novel.
Just a short way downstream from Ross-on-Wye you’ll find an intriguing historic monument called Goodrich Castle, now managed by the National Trust. Built in 1095 and originally called Godric’s Castle, it’s one of the county’s most picturesque ruins and can easily be reached on a day’s outing from your hotel or B&B in Ross-on-Wye town centre.
Nowadays, Ross-on-Wye has a growing reputation as a great place to find independent shops, so from your guesthouse, B&B or smart local hotel base in town, you’ll have a range of interesting shopping opportunities practically on your doorstep. These range from couture and clothing to food, furnishings and antiques, intermingled with numerous little cafés and restaurants in which to stop off and take a break from your exertions.