30 Mar

Soak up Ross-on-Wye's independent atmosphere

Soak up Ross-on-Wye's independent atmosphere

Ross-on-Wye is a vibrant and attractive market town in southern Herefordshire, close to the Wye Valley and the stunning limestone gorge of Symonds Yat.

Occupying an impressive location above the River Wye, Ross has long been popular with visitors - from the traders who sell their wares at the market, to the tourists who flock to see buildings like the iconic St Mary's Church, which has stood for more than 700 years. In fact, Ross is home to England's first purpose-built tourist hotel, which stands atop a sandstone cliff looking out over the river.

Its attraction is enhanced by its proximity to a number of major cities; Birmingham, Bristol and Cardiff can all be reached in just an hour by road. Its excellent location is just one of the factors that appeal to people looking to buy property in Ross-on-Wye.

Visitors typically find it's impossible to travel around Ross without becoming immersed in the town's history. In the town centre stands the 17th century Market House with its sandstone arches, which still hosts twice weekly markets to this day.

Just a few miles downstream is the imposing Godric's Castle - or Goodrich Castle, as it's more commonly referred to nowadays. Dating back to the late 11th century, the English Heritage-owned attraction boasts one of the most complete sets of medieval domestic buildings of any castle in the country.

But Ross-on-Wye isn't just a place living in the past. The town is well known for its independent shops, differentiating it from the typical British high street and making for a far less corporate shopping experience. 

This doesn't come at the expense of choice; shoppers will be able to find everything from couture fashion to stylish homewares and gourmet food (plus plenty of more down-to-earth fare).ADNFCR-1222-ID-801781822-ADNFCR

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