Ross-on-Wye, located in Herefordshire, is a traditional market town located on the river Wye. This charming town, deep in the English countryside, is quaint but does offer much to see and do. It is perhaps most well known for its excellent antique trade. There are two weekly antique markets held in town as well as numerous antique stores that are well worth visiting if you like to antique. Ross-on-Wye is also home to an international festival that is held on an annual basis and attracts many big names. Visitors will find plenty of dining and entertainment options in Ross-on-Wye as well.
Ross-on-Wye is a market town in the county of Herefordshire. As the town's name suggests, it lies on the banks of the river Wye. The town is famous for its many antique shops as well as its market square.
It is generally thought that the town was the birthplace of Britain's tourist industry when Dr John Egerton started boat trips down the river and then in 1782 the first ever British illustrated tour guide was produced. Between these two, they caused Ross-on-Wye to become a major tourist destination and at its height, the river had eight different tour boats taking day trippers past the spectacular river scenery.
At the centre of the town is the seven hundred year old Sy Mary's church. The pointed spire of the church is a local landmark and can be seen whichever direction you approach the town from. The church yard features the Plague Cross, which was erected in 1637 to remember the 315 local people who had died from the plague.
Ross-on-Wye is at the northern edge of the historic Royal Forest of Dean, an ancient woodland area that has been in existence since medieval times. The forest was the original birthplace of Dick Whittington. The town makes a good base to explore the forest.