Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Ross-on-Wye: A Picturesque Town in Herefordshire

For anyone who is searching for a beautiful destination to visit, then Ross-on-Wye could possibly be the answer. This compact but unique Herefordshire town, at the end of the M50, is a popular destination with tourists yet still is able to show an unhurried feel, making it the ideal destination for a stress-free break.

Ross on  Wye BookshopLocated on the Welsh borders and known simply as Ross until its official name change in 1931, Ross-on-Wye rises from the banks of the River Wye. This historic but thriving market town has plenty to offer, not least its historical past and the splendor of its location. The small and often unique stores are an extra bonus.

Herefordshire Churches - St Mary's Church - Ross on Wye
St Mary's Church

A well known landmark is St Mary's Church, which stands at one of the highest points; its tall spire, stretching up in excess of 200 feet, towers above the town and is visible from miles around. A sad but interesting feature within the churchyard is the Plague Cross. It marks the graves of approximately 300 local people who are believed to have been buried by night and without coffins during the plague in 1637.

Prospect Garden Ross on Wye
'Kyrle's Gateway'

Near to the church is a public garden created by John Kyrle, named The Prospect. From here, you can savor wonderful views of the bend in the River Wye known as the 'horseshoe'. You are also able to see the Black Mountains in the distance as well as, to the west, the remains of Wilton Castle. One, among many, beautiful features of The Prospect, is a carved stone gateway known as 'Kyrle's Gateway' which was built in 1700 and joins the garden to the churchyard.

Ross-on-Wye's Market Hall
Ross-on-Wye's Market Hall, built from red sandstone in the mid 1600s, is located at the centre of the town. Markets have been held in the town since the 12th century, having been granted permission by King Stephen. The Market Hall is now home to a Visitor Centre detailing the story of the town and the surrounding Wye Valley using both exhibits and audio. The exhibits here change quite a bit and there are usually a few hands-on displays - the best part is that there is no entry fee!

Ross on Wye
A building known as Tudor House is one of the impressive black and white half-timbered houses in Ross-on-Wye. Another is the Man of Ross House where the town's benefactor, John Kyrle, once lived. The Rudhall Almshouses, next to the church, are also Tudor-fronted.

Gazebo Tower Ross on Wye
Gothic Style Tower
A curious feature of historic Ross-on-Wye is a round Gothic-style tower set into what looks like ancient town walls in St Mary's Street. Known locally now as the Gazebo Tower, it was actually built - along with the mock town walls - in 1833.

Ross on Wye Walks
Peaceful Riverside Walks
Ross-on-Wye is a friendly place with much to offer its visitors from peaceful riverside walks, water sports, friendly Ross-on-Wye Hotels and B&B accommodation.

Ross on Wye
Easy to find your way around Ross-on-Wye

Ross on Wye

Entrance to Prospect Walk Ross-on-Wye Herefordshire

Ross on Wye
Views from A Hotel in Ross-on-Wye
Ross on Wye
Plenty of River Side Pubs for Accommodation in Ross-on-Wye, Real Ale and Good Food

Ross on Wye

For more information on Ross-on-Wye HotelsRoss-on-Wye Accommodation, Ross-on-Wye Restaurants, places to visit and things to do please visit our Ross-on-Wye Town Guide.

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