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Best Hotels in Ross-on-Wye

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Located within the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Ross-on-Wye is a sublimely attractive town. No wonder, then, that it was the birthplace of modern tourism, when in the 1700s, a rector in the town started organising boat trips along the river and publishing guides to the area. Boat trips are still one of the town’s most popular attractions, but there’s plenty to do besides that, whether browsing the town’s shops or getting active in the Forest of Dean.

Things to see

Ross-on-Wye’s city centre is definitely worth exploring. It’s a bijou place of Tudor-era timber townhouses, antiques shops and independent boutiques. Its selection of cafés and tearooms will keep you refreshed. A twice-weekly market is held at the dignified red-brick Market Hall, a centuries-old tradition where you’ll find the best local produce and delicious homemade treats on sale. Then it’s time to take one of the famous boat trips along the River Wye. One of the area’s most beautiful locations is Symonds Yat, which offers spectacular views across the valley. You can also take a unique rope ferry to cross the river which twists between limestone hills. In the summer, you might even catch glimpses of peregrine falcons soaring through the gorge. There’s more adventure to be had further into the Forest of Dean, where you can choose from treetop adventure, Segway tours and mountain biking to explore the beautiful woodland.

Hotels in Ross-on-Wye

Ross-on-Wye hotels offer charming country elegance at excellent value for money. Whether it’s top-end luxury or a budget B&B that you’re looking for, the hotel deals in Ross-on-Wye will keep both you and your wallet happy. In the luxury hotels, you’ll be treated to an opulent suite, furnished in period style. You won’t be short of modern conveniences, however, with flat-screen TVs and ipod docks available. The grounds include gardens and golf courses. In the mid-range and budget hotels, you’ll find a cosy, homely atmosphere, where traditionally-furnished rooms are equipped with WiFi access, as well as tea and coffee makers.

Where to stay

A stay in the centre of Ross-on-Wye offers an idyllic experience with the perfect blend of town and country. There is a good selection of hotels available here, from luxury house hotels to discount inns. The town centre is very compact, so comfortable to walk around, and it is easy to explore the surrounding areas of the Wye Valley and the Forest of Dean. You could alternatively stay at one of the rural hotels in the heart of the Forest of Dean. There are family-friendly guesthouses available, and you’ll have the full range of forest adventure on your doorstep.

How to get to Ross-on-Wye

Given its stunning rural setting, Ross-on-Wye has surprisingly good transport links. It is located at the end of the M50 motorway, making it easy to reach by road. The nearest airports are Bristol and Birmingham, which are both within a 2-hour journey. Hiring a car is the best option if you plan to explore the Wye Valley and the forest of Dean; however, public transport is also available to Ross-on-Wye. There are direct trains to the nearby city of Gloucester from Birmingham, Bristol and London Paddington and from there regular buses go to Ross-on-Wye. It’s a 45-minute journey from Gloucester.