Situated on a red sandstone cliff above the River Wye and on the northern border of the Forest of Dean, Ross-on-Wye is a dream spot for staycation-ers all across the country. It’s known as the ideal holiday centre to explore the Wye Valley for a reason, after all! With Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and even Monmouthshire within its reach, Ross-on-Wye is perfectly situated for all kinds of adventurers this summer. 

But why come to Wye, I hear you ask? Well, if you need more than beautiful countryside and an ideal location to tide you over, we’ve got 5 fun facts to convince you that Ross-on-Wye is the coolest summer destination.

Ross-on-Wye’s mascots aren’t too cuddly, but they certainly are cute

Hedgehogs have a long history of representing Ross-on-Wye – for about 1500 years! All the way back to when the Celts invaded Ross on Wye, they called the area ‘Ergyng’ which, apparently, means ‘land of the Hedgehog.’ These days, you can spy a load of hedgehogs around the town in the form of crests and logos.

Ross-on-Wye Hedgehog

Rock on rector! This glam rock star owned an old rectory near Ross-on-Wye

The lead singer of T-Rex, Marc Bolan, was a pioneer of the glam rock movement in the 70s. Pretty groovy, man. Marc never actually lived in the rectory… But he owned it! And that’s enough of a claim to fame for us.

We’re all goin’ on a – summer holiday – thanks to Ross-on-WyeeEeEe

Believe it or not, Ross-on-Wye was the original summer holiday destination. In 1745, the rector Dr John Egerton (wonder if he would have liked glam rock…) began taking his mates on boat trips down the valley from his home in Ross. It began the bustling British tourist industry as plenty of people rushed to the Wye Valley for its river scenery, breathtaking landscapes, and formidable castles. 

A soap opera star is buried in the local churchyard… (doof doof doof doof doof DOOF DOOF DOOF DOOF)

Best known for her role as Meg Mortimer in ‘Crossroads’, Noele Gordon was an actress and television presenter. And if you don’t know who she is, maybe ask your grandparents, because she won the TV Times award for most popular television actress eight times. But maybe that was all a dream… Just kidding. That would be a terrible way to end a show, eh?

With such a colourful history, you’re no doubt packing your bags and ready to head off and see what Ross-on-Wye is all about. Whilst you’re on your way, here are the top 10 things to do in Ross-on-Wye this summer.

1. Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo

What’s prettier than watching a butterfly go about its business? Watching hundreds of butterflies go about their business, of course! At the Wye Valley butterfly zoo, you can watch the entire life-cycle of a butterfly (not in real-time, of course…) and observe some of the most beautiful species of butterflies that the world has to offer. 

Butterfly

2. Kingfisher River Cruises 

There’s no better way to tour around the river Wye than with Kingfisher River Cruises! Take a trip down the river with an informative guide and learn all about the local area’s rich history from the comfort of a cruiser.

3. Beechenhurst 

A trip to Beechenhurst is more than your average woodland walk. With 4 exciting family-friendly walks to undertake, you’ll be spoiled for choice on this adventurous day out. From Gruffalo trails to avant-garde sculpture paths, there’s something to keep everyone entertained as you stroll through these picturesque woods.

4. Go Ape

Not for the faint of heart, Go Ape is a must for thrill-seekers of all ages. Based in the Forest of Dean, you’ll be leaping around the treetops and seeing magnificent views. There’s even a section for little monkies that aren’t quite ready to tackle the tallest trees quite yet. Take a look around the forest that inspired Tolkein and feel the magic for yourself.

Go Ape

5. Ross-on-Wye Mystery Treasure Trail

What better way to discover the town than to uncover a mystery? The mystery treasure trail is easily accessible as a downloadable PDF, so all you need is your phone to get on the case and start cracking those clues! The course takes about 2 hours to complete, so plenty of time to do some sightseeing and tucker out any intrepid detectives. 

6. Wyedean Canoe and Adventure Centre 

Make a splash and see the river Wye up close with the Wydean Canoe and Adventure Centre. It’s the most unique way to check out the stunning scenery by floating along the river – not to mention the most fun! The centre offers way more than just canoeing, though. From raft building to archery, you’ll be able to have every adventure imaginable.

7. Yat Pottery Studio

What’s a staycation without a trip to a pottery studio? For those days when you don’t quite feel like thrill-seeking, the Yat Pottery studio is a perfectly chilled out vibe for pottery enthusiasts of all ages. From ceramics painting to tackling the pottery wheel, all skill levels are welcomed in this studio. They might even let you re-create that scene from Ghost, too!

Pottery

8. BattleSports Glos

War! What is it good for? Having loads of fun! Wait… Maybe you won’t be fighting a real war at BattleSports Glos, but with their state-of-the-art laser rifles and tonnes of war paint, you’ll certainly feel like you are! With the choice of indoor or outdoor combat, you’ll be waging a laser war come rain or shine.

9. Wye Valley Spa

After all that canoeing, climbing and hiking, we think it’s time to unwind. This one’s for the girls, though, because the Wye Valley Spa is an all ladies retreat. Pack it up, fellas! This one’s not for you! With amazing views of the valley and a range of professional treatments, this cosy accommodation is a great way to get some much need rest and relaxation.

10. In The Footsteps Battlefield Tours

A must for all history fanatics, the In The Footsteps tour takes you around Ross-on-Wye with an expert tour guide. With your guide, you’ll delve deep into the rich history of Ross and tour all the local battlefields. These heritage tours aren’t to be missed if you’re after a deeper historical knowledge of the area. 

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