Ross Quay History

Ross Riverside has a major claim to fame in being the starting point of the Wye Tour in the 1750s.  Although first instigated by Rev’d John Egerton the tour was popularised when the Rev’d William Gilpin published his ‘Observations on the River Wye’.  At this time it was fashionable to take a boat tour down the Wye Valley, to view its romantic sites and picturesque landscape.  These early tourists dined at specific locations, took walks to spectacular viewpoints and visited specific romantic ruins, making the Wye Tour one of the first package holidays and heralding the birth of British Tourism.


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