By Bridie Adams

ROSS-ON-WYE’S vibrant history could be showcased through walking tours run by the town council, if plans go ahead.

In a meeting last month, the town council heard that the tours could run alongside the town’s ‘museum without walls’. This virtual exhibition is accessed via smartphones and tablets and uses augmented reality to construct digital, animated and three-dimensional images of buildings and other objects from the past.


The market town, which originated in the bronze age, is known as the birthplace of British tourism and is home to a combination of Tudor, Georgian, Victorian and more modern buildings which provide a glimpse into the town’s rich history.

Minutes from the meeting of the community markets and tourism subcommittee revealed that the town council’s tourism strategy involves finding ways to encourage visitors to the town to stay longer.

The council is currently exploring options to introduce walking tours and has set aside £480 of the town events budget for publicity, including the design and printing of leaflets.

Some private operators, such as In The Footsteps, already run local walking tours.