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The spire of St. Mary's Church

Ross-on-Wye (Welsh: Rhosan ar Wy) is a small market town (population 10,000), located on the river Wye in the English county of Herefordshire. The town is also part of the Wye Valley (Welsh: Dyffryn Gwy), an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and the Forest of Dean.

Ross-on-Wye is probably best known as a vibrant centre for the English antique trade, hosting a twice-weekly antique market and featuring a number of antique stores in the town. Each year, the town also plays host to the increasingly prominent Ross-on-Wye International Festival, attracting many big names in entertainment.

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By car[edit]

Ross-on-Wye is on the A40 road from Fishguard to London.

By bus[edit]

Stagecoach run services from Hereford and Gloucester but quite infrequently.

By train[edit]

There is no railway station in Ross. The nearest one is Ledbury around 8 miles north east.

Get around[edit]


  • 1 Parish Church of St Mary's, Church St, HR9 5HN, +44 1989 562175. usually open during daylight hours, services Sun 8:00, 9:30, Thu 10:00. Built between 1280 and 1316 with a prominent spire visible for miles around. There is a children's guide to hunt for images of Hedgehogs (a symbol of Ross-on-Wye) in the church.
  • 2 Goodrich Castle, Castle Ln, Goodrich, HR9 6HY (6 miles south-west of Ross-on-Wye), +44 1600 890538. adults £6.20, children £3.70, concessions £5.60. Goodrich Castle (Q5583571) on Wikidata Goodrich Castle on Wikipedia


  • 1 The Phoenix Theatre, Palace Pound, Saint Mary's St, HR9 5HT, +44 1989 564570. A small 63-seat amateur theatre. Hosts the occasional film too.
  • 2 Bandstand Concerts, Caroline Symonds Gardens, Wye St.. Sun in July & August. Outdoor summer concerts, in a bandstand which opened in 2005.


  • 1 Ross-on-Wye Market. Thu and Sat. The charter for the market was issued in the 12th century.


  • 1 Yaks n Yetis, 1 Brookend St, HR9 7EG, +44 1989 564963. Nepalese restaurant
  • 2 Zam Zam Café, 23 High St, HR9 5BZ, +44 1989 764030.
  • 3 Burger Star, 34A Gloucester Rd, HR9 5BS, +44 1989 562083. Small burger chain-restaurant.
  • 4 Seven Seas Fish Bar, 22 Broad St, HR9 7EA, +44 1989 763103. M-Sa: 11AM-10PM, Su: 3PM-10PM. Best Chippie in town



Stay safe[edit]

Ross On Wye is a safe town to visit for tourists. Other than the usual drunk people in pubs on weekends and staying away from dark places at night, you will be fine. The emergency number is 999 for police, fire and paramedics. The non emergency one is 101. Crime rate is low in the town centre. LGBT people should be careful as the town centre is more conservative than Hereford and Gloucester. LGBT people may receive comments or stares for showing affection.

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Map of places with Wikivoyage articles nearby

Routes through Ross-on-Wye
merges with UK road A40.svg  SW UK-Motorway-M50.svg NE  TewkesburyBirmingham
CardiffMonmouth  SW UK road A40.svg E  GloucesterCheltenham
LeominsterHereford  NW UK road A49.svg SE  END
WorcesterLedbury  N UK road A449.svg S  merges with UK road A40.svg

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