Where to go

Goodrich Castle, (English Heritage) Castle Lane Goodrich HR9 6HY

T: 01600 890538 or 0370 333 1181 www.english-heritage.co.uk

Dramatically set on a rocky outcrop with stunning views over the Wye Valley this is a fascinating insight into medieval castle life with its 12 Century keep, chapel and battlements. Open daily April – October, Nov-March Sat and Sun

Closed 24th – 26th Dec and 1st Jan

Broome Farm, Peterstow HR9 6QG

T: 01989 567232 www.rosscider.com

Home of the Ross-on-Wye Cider and Perry Company. Award winning cider and perry made from apples and pears grown and pressed on the farm. Cellar open for tastings and sales. Open weekdays 12noon – 6pm.

Wobage Farm Craft Workshops and Gallery, Upton Bishop HR9 6QP

T: 01989 780495 www.wobagecrafts.co.uk

Contemporary crafts displayed in the Makers Gallery. Resident makers specialise in wood, furniture, jewellery and pottery. Courses available.

Open March – Christmas Thurs – Sun.

The Laskett Gardens, Laskett Lane, Much Birch, HR2 8HZ

T: 07989 338 217 www.thelaskettgardens.co.uk

Formal gardens laid out by Sir Roy Strong and Julia Trevelyan Oman

Booking essential

Hellens Manor, Much Marcle, HR8 2LY

T: 01531 660504 www.hellensmanor.com

One of England’s oldest homes. Also Hellens Music and Hellens Garden Festival. Open in the afternoon from Easter Sunday to September on Wednesdays and Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays.

Tintern Abbey, Tintern NP16 6SE

T: 01291 689251 www.cadw.gov.wales/daysout/tinternabbey

The world famous ruins of a 12th century Cistercian abbey sited on the banks of the Wye.

Eastnor Castle, Ledbury, HR8 1RL

T: 01531 633160 www.eastnorcastle.com/visit-eastnor-castle

Built in the romantic style, Eastnor Castle is the 200 year old home of the Bathurst family.

Violette Szarbo Museum, Cartref, Tump Lane, Wormelow HR2 8HN

T: 01981 540477 www.violette-szabo-museum.co.uk

A museum dedicated to the memory of the WWII hero and Special Operations Executive agent, who was shot by the Germans for spying in 1945.

 Symonds Yat,

Approximately 6 miles southwest of Ross is Symonds Yat, a village divided by the Wye, with a rope ferry connecting the two sides. It’s popular for canoeing, river cruises and walking and has some good pubs and hotels.

Symonds Yat East HR9 6JL

Kingfisher Cruises

T: 01432 267862 or 07831 297 672

Regular 40 minute cruises on the river from The Saracens Head

Symonds Yat West HR9 6DA

Play hide and seek or tag in the maze, experience the Butterfly Zoo where the most beautiful and delicate creatures fly around you then play the 12 hole miniature golf course set amongst fantasy Roman ruins.

The Amazing Hedge Puzzle www.mazes.co.uk

The Amazing Hedge Puzzle, Laser Ops, Miniature Golf and The Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo are on the same site at Symonds Yat West.

The Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo www.butterflyzoo.co.uk

Wye Valley Warfare Laser Ops www.laserops.co.uk

Wye Valley Miniature Golf www.wyevalleyminigolf.co.uk T: 01600 890 360 for all these attractions

The Forest of Dean

Drive south from Ross and you will find yourself in the Forest of Dean. There are many attractions within the forest including:

Beechenhurst Lodge, B4226, Coleford GL16 7EJ

T: 01594 824662 www.forestry.gov.uk/beechenhurst

Café and children’s playground, parking for walking in the forest and access to The Sculpture Trail and other walks.