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If you haven't been to Ross-on-Wye, you're in for a treat. The quaint old market town is surrounded by beauty, sat right between the Malvern Hills, The Brecon Beacons and The Cotswolds and at the very edge of the ancient Forest of Dean. It's unique location makes the town a perfect base for exploring some of Britain's most picturesque landscapes.
Ross-on-Wye itself is well worth exploring and its history dates back beyond the doomsday book of 1086. Black and white timbered buildings are dotted around the town, of which the focal point is the 17th century red sandstone Market House, now run as a Heritage Centre and still host to twice-weekly markets. The town sits on the banks of the River Wye, in the very heart of the Wye Valley - designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Take a short drive and you'll stumble upon the 12th century fortified baronial palace of Goodrich Castle. The imposing red sandstone structure sits on a rocky crag overseeing all that pass along the River Wye as it winds its way into the wooded valley of Symonds Yat. Continue your journey and you'll discover an enormous range of attractions, activities, historic villages and breathtaking countryside...
Places to visit:
- Goodrich Castle
- Symonds Yat & Yat Rock
- The National Birds of Prey Centre
- Clearwell Caves
- Littledean Hall
- Dean Heritage Centre
- Dean Forest Railway
- Puzzle Wood
- The aMazing Hedge Puzzle
- Forest Model Village
- The Shambles - a taste of Victorian life.
- How Caple Court
- The Weir Garden
- Eastnor Castle & Garden
- Gloucester, Worcester & Hereford Cathedrals
- Croft Castle with its Georgian kitchen garden and walled garden
- Brockhampton Estate - with its medieval moated manor house
- Three Choirs Vineyard
- Prospect Gardens, Ross-on-Wye
- Abbey Dore ornamental gardens
- Owlpen Tudor Manor House & Gardens
Things to do:
- Take in spectacular views from the air with a balloon ride from the hotel grounds (summer only).
- Beat a path along Herefordshire's famous Black and White trail which takes in picturesque villages with timbered and half timbered buildings, many dating back to medieval times.
- Wind down by the river and enjoy a leisurely drink while you take in the beautiful scenery at Symonds Yat.
- Go down under and explore the iron ore caverns at Clearwell caves and Iron Mining Museum.
- Meet 'Roaring Meg' at Goodrich Castle - the canon responsible for its downfall in 1645.
- Sample the local brew at one of the nine mills along the Cider Route or at the Cider Museum & King Offa Distillery.
- Get taken for a ride on the Dean Forest Steam Railway or wave goodbye to the kids at the Perrygrove Children's Railway.
- Lose yourself in a good book in the town of books, Hay-on-Wye, with over 30 specialist and second hand bookshops.
- Lose yourself in a good maze at the aMazing Hedge Puzzle, then visit the Maze Museum and solve a plethora of puzzles or create your own to baffle and confuse the family.
- Meet magnificent birds of prey face-to-face at the National Birds of Prey Centre, the world's most significant collection, with around 85 species.
- Take a hike along the Wye Valley Heritage Trail.
- Marvel at the spectacular gardens of Herefordshire's Hampton Court historic house and Maze.
- Take a leafy stroll in the Ancient Woodland Site of Dymock Woods, teeming with flora and fauna, both common and rare.
- Dip into one of the region's top cultural events, the Ross-on-Wye International Festival - a feast of artistic endeavours held in August, encompassing music, dance, theatre, comedy and...historical walks.
- Tour the region's Cathedrals - Worcester, Gloucester and Hereford. (Hereford Cathedral is home to the 12th century ancient treasure, The Mappa Mundi, a medieval map of the world.)
- Wander through Puzzle Wood - 14 acres of pre-Roman open cast iron ore mines, transformed in the 1800s into an unusual maze.
- Go horse-riding or pony trekking through beautiful woodland and countryside.
- Discover your ultimate adrenalin rush: white water rafting, rock climbing, kayaking, canoeing, caving, abseiling, mountain biking or quad biking.
- Step back in transporatation time at the Great Western Railway Museum, Coleford.
- Go museum mad and explore the Forest of Dean Mechanical Organ Museum, the Button Museum, the Lost Street Museum, The Waterworks Museum, The Elgar Birthplace Museum and the Railways in Miniature Museum.
- Learn about the fine art of cheesemaking at Monkland Cheese Dairy.
- Shop 'til you can shop no more with a trip to Bristol, just 40 minutes away.
- Enjoy a swift half while you try your hand at ghostbusting at Worcester's 800 year old haunted pub, The Mug House.
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