10 intriguing UK mazes will get you scratching your head

They're more fun than you think!

Here are a few suggestions for intriguing and confounding UK mazes that will definitely get you scratching your head..

Hampton Court Palace Maze

 

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Created around 1700 for King William III, the Hampton Court Palace Maze in Surrey is the UK's oldest surviving hedge maze. It covers a third of an acre, is trapezoid in shape and is a multicursal or puzzle maze - known for confusing and intriguing visitors with its many twists, turns and dead ends.

Longleat Hedge Maze, Wiltshire

 

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Nestled in Longleat Safari and Adventure Park in Warminster, Wiltshire, this maze covers nearly one and three quarter miles of paths hedged by more than 16,000 English yews, with twists and turns galore. Your mission is to find your way to the observation tower, via six bridges that give tantalising glimpses of the tower.

Picton Castle Maze, Wales

Situated within the stunning Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Picton Castle boasts a recently-planted maze among its 40 acres of woodland gardens.

The Amazing Cornish Maize Maze, Cornwall

 

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Try to find your way around this giant maize maze on a working farm on the Duchy of Cornwall estate at Smeaton Farm, Pillaton, Saltash. This year, the maze commemorates all things Cornish, and Piskies apparently inhabit the three miles of paths which twist and turn through giant maize stalks to two look-out towers, which give a great view over the farm.

Marlborough Maze, Blenheim Palace, Somerset

 

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Get lost among the two miles of 3,000 yew hedges that make up the Marlborough Maze, a complex network of hedges that cleverly incorporates cannonballs, trumpets and flags. The Oxfordshire maze is the world's second largest symbolic maze, covering 1.8 acres, and is designed to reflect the history of Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.

Castlewellan Peace Maze, County Down, Northern Ireland

One of the world’s largest and longest permanent mazes, the Peace Maze at Castlewellan Forest Park is made up of 6,000 yew trees, covers 2.2 acres and has a hedge length of more than two miles. Representing the path to a peaceful future for Northern Ireland, visitors to the maze can try to work their way to the peace bell in the centre of the maze.

Chatsworth House Maze, Derbyshire

This large, circular, English yew maze was planted with 1,209 trees in 1962 in the beautiful gardens at Chatsworth House. It includes a long, straight ascent called the Hundred Steps which runs uphill from the maze and is aligned on its centre. Halfway along, the steps are interrupted by a lone monkey puzzle tree, and there is also a human sundial at the north end of the Maze Garden.

Minotaur Maze, Kielder Castle, Northumberland

Inspired by the Greek minotaur myth, this stone maze is set in the grounds of Kielder Castle and has special features including stairs that take visitors above the walls so they can look for alternative routes. The final goal is a small glittering room formed from rocks of recycled glass where visitors can quietly contemplate escape routes.

Noah's Ark Maze, Somerset

The longest hedge maze in the world, the Noah's Ark Zoo Farm maze in Wraxall, Somerset, is 3.2km long and features 14,000 beech trees laid out in the shape of Noah's Ark and seven monster animals. It's laid out mainly in green beech to feed the resident camels and giraffes, with the animal outlines in copper beech.

The educational monster maze is set out in 15 sections - each path has a letter and each section has a question, with the correct answer leading children to the shortest route towards the next clue. The 15 correct path letters are an anagram of a creature.

Traquair Maze, Scotland

 

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The maze at Traquair House in Innerleithen, Peeblesshire, is one of the largest hedged mazes in Scotland, covering over half an acre. The maze, which is a quarter of a mile to the centre, has an intriguing layout with no dead ends and the 'maze runner' must reach four sub-centres before reaching the real centre.