Here’s exactly why Ross-on-Wye is the UK’s best-loved market town


We’re always shouting about why Ross-on-Wye is a great place to eat, drink, stay and enjoy. Yet it’s not just our team that holds these opinions!

Ross-on-Wye was voted the UK’s best-loved market town by leading coach operator National Express, a title that has confirmed our status as one of the best places to visit in the country. Still not convinced? Here we delve deeper into the reasons why Ross is such a fantastic destination.

Activities to enjoy whatever your taste or budget

Whether you’re looking to visit for a weekend or want to stay a little longer, Ross offers an endless list of activities to while away the days of your trip.

The area’s river-based activities are particularly renowned, with locals and visitors alike able to canoe, fish, cycle and hike its picturesque waterways and the stunning countryside that surrounds them.

Endless fun for all the family

If messing about on the river doesn’t spark your interest, the many attractions based in and around Ross-on-Wye certainly will.

Ross-on-Wye is home to a number of zoos and wildlife centres, water parks, adventure centres, trails, historic points of interest, parks, and playgrounds, meaning you can devise an itinerary that every member of your party will love.

A gateway to the great outdoors

Thanks to its advantageous position on the English-Welsh border, Ross-on-Wye offers the perfect place to explore the natural world.

The beauty of both the Wye Valley and the Forest of Dean can be discovered from our market town and, as the official website for The Forest of Dean & Wye Valley explains, there’s a lot to take in:

“Where England meets Wales, separated by the meandering River Wye, you’ll discover a place of timeless beauty and untamed nature. Pause for a moment at one of our many breathtaking viewpoints, walk or cycle our miles of off-road paths, explore our iconic ruins and unique attractions or sample our bountiful artisan produce.”

Along with magnificent views and unspoilt landscapes to explore on foot, by bike or via canoe, there are countless wildlife wonders to witness. Read our guide to exploring the wilder side of Wye Valley for more details.

A history to dive right into

As the birthplace of British tourism, Ross-on-Wye is a destination drenched in local history. You can trace the town’s history right back to the Middle Ages, with a visit to Goodrich Castle certain to be the icing on the cake.

As one of England’s best-preserved medieval castles, it offers a poignant insight into the area’s history as well as a fantastic day out.

When taking in the history of Ross, don’t forget to explore its links to a very cute woodland creature. Ross-on-Wye isn’t called ‘The Land of the Hedgehog’ for nothing!

Great places to eat, drink, stay and shop

With our passion for local produce and a cellar of internationally acclaimed wines and champagnes just waiting to be tasted, The Hope & Anchor should be your first stop for a 21st-century dining experience like no other.

If you’re looking for a place to stay in the heart of the action, from Spring 2022, our 12 ensuite rooms will be the perfect base for your adventure in Ross-on-Wye. Our stunning riverside pub and restaurant is also just a stone’s throw away from the best independent shops in Ross.

To find out more about eating, drinking and staying with us, please contact our team.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call us via the contact details below:

The Hope & Anchor Team

T: 01989477025