Guide to the best mazes around Britain

Check our pick of the best mazes in Britain  - from rural County Down to a farm estate in Cornwall, children will love getting lost in these intriguing and fun mazes

5th April 2018
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From traditional English mazes set in manicured grounds to the artistic creation of a farmer with a field to spare.

Here is our selection of 13 fun mazes to explore around the UK.

The Amazing Cornish Maize Maze, Cornwall

Aerial view of a planet pattern maze
An aerial view of a planet design created at Smeaton Farm / credit: Smeaton Farm

Situated on a working farm on the Duchy of Cornwall estate, this maze in Cornwall changes each year. Previous designs for the maze have included a Mayan jaguar, a dinosaur, and a wizard. What will this year's theme be? There's only one way to find out – open from the end of July until late September, it is a beautiful spot to run around and enjoy the Cornish sun. 

 

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Peace Maze, County Down
View across the top of Castlewellan Forest Maze
View across Castlewellan Forest Peace Maze in beautiful County Down / credit: getty

Castlewellan Forest Park is home to the second largest hedge maze in the world. Planted in 2000, the maze commemorates peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland. In a stunning location in rural County Down, this maze provides a wonderful day out for the whole family. There is a grand bell at the centre for you to ring in celebration of your achievement. Then all you have to do is find your way out.

York Maze, Yorkshire
An aerial shot of York maze which that year was Harry Potter themed
An aerial shot of York maze, which was Harry Potter themed one year / credit: getty

Made up of over 1.5 million maize plants, this maze covers an astounding 32 acres of land. Each new season (starting July) is marked by a fresh design that pays homage to a piece of popular culture, which has included Harry Potter (pictured), Dr. Who and last year’s Star Wars style. 

Longleat Hedge Maze, Wiltshire
The maze at Longleat Safari Park
The yew hedge maze at Longleat Safari Park was commissioned by Lord Bath and designed by Greg Bright / credit: getty

With six bridges and 1.7 miles of pathways to explore, Longleat Safari Park's hedge maze is the longest in the world. Meticulously kept with high reaching walls, this is fun attraction children of all ages will enjoy in the park.

Hever Castle and Gardens, Kent
The water maze at Hever Castle Gardens which squirts water as you try to reach the centre
The water maze at Hever Castle Gardens which squirts water as you try to reach the centre / credit: Hever Castle and Gardens

Hever Castle boasts two puzzle mazes in its grounds: an Edwardian yew maze and a splashing water maze (pictured). Navigate the stepping stones while trying to not get splashed as you make your way towards the centre. 

Minotaur Maze, Northumberland
The minotaur maze in the grounds of Kielder Castle
The minotaur maze in the grounds of Kielder Castle / credit: getty

Inspired by the Greek myth of Minos and the Minotaur, this maze is set entirely in stone and sits inside the luscious grounds of Kielder Castle. This unusual maze rewards your success with a glittering room made from thousands of glass shards.

Noah’s Ark Maze, Somerset
The Mega Monster Maze at Noah's Ark Zoo Farm
The Mega Monster Maze at Noah's Ark Zoo Farm / credit: Noah's Ark Zoo Farm

At Noah’s Ark Maze 14,000 beech trees were planted in the shape of Noah’s Ark with seven animals inside. Answer questions along the way to get to the centre, and for the very little ones there is a mini maze next door for practice. 

The Forbidden Corner, Yorkshire
An entrance way in The Forbidden Corner with huge eyes, and teeth
One of the many weird and wonderful features at The Forbidden Corner in Tugpill Park / credit: Elmtree Press

Get lost in a labyrinth of tunnels and chambers in a four acre garden in Tupgill Park. The maze was originally developed in the 1980s for private use, but after enormous curiosity was opened to the public. Bizarre statues and oddities can be found throughout the tangle of pathways.

The Traquair Maze, Peeblesshire
A girl runs through Traquair Maze as a woman trims the hedge
The traditional and tricky maze in the grounds of Traquair Castle / credit: Traquair

Traquair Castle is home to one of the largest hedge mazes in Scotland. It has an unusual layout; there are no dead ends and visitors must reach four sub-centres before they reach the heart. However, it is certainly worth the journey in this meticulously kept maze, which has been used for numerous film and TV productions. 

Glendurgan Garden Maze, Cornwall
The winding maze in the subtropical gardens of Glendurgan Gardens Cornwall
The winding maze in the subtropical gardens of Glendurgan Gardens / credit: getty

In the beautiful subtropical gardens of Glendurgan, you will find a most mysterious maze. The cherry laurel hedges were planted over 175 years ago, and it is still drawing in visitors from all over. 

Hampton Court Maze, Surrey
Children run through Hampton Court maze
Children run through Hampton Court Palace maze / credit: getty

We would be foolish to leave out the maze at Hampton Court Palace, which is arguably the most famous maze in the world. Once home to King Henry VIII and his six wives, Hampton Court now offers a spectacular day out of history brought to life, and the maze is certainly not to be missed. 

Julian's Bower, Lincolnshire
Julian's Bower turf maze whose date of origin is unknown
The view from Julian's Bower Alkborough looking west / credit: getty

For something historical, the last remaining of the enigmatic Julian's Bower turf mazes can be found in Alkborough, North Lincolnshire. It's origins are unknown, but there are theories that it was carved by monks in the 13th century.

Pitmedden Gardens, Aberdeenshire
The stunningly manicured gardens of Pitmedden renaissance style walled gardens
The stunningly manicured walled gardens of Pitmedden / credit: getty

And finally, for the green-fingered amongst us, Pitmedden Gardens provide the ultimate inspiration. These painstakingly prepared gardens are wonderful to behold, and the traditional maze in their midst is a real treat.

 

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