Mazes and labyrinths have fascinated mankind since ancient times. From the story of the Minotaur to the decorative mazes of the Renaissance, the mystery of the maze continues to enthrall us. These are some of the best examples we could find (without getting too lost that is)....
1. Hampton Court Palace, Surrey, UK
The English have always had a soft spot for mazes and this classic hedge maze is the oldest in the world, built in 1689 by King William III. It is still a crowd pleaser to this day and draws thousands of people to it ever year.
A maze that changes but stays the same? Puzzling in itself! Known as the largest plant maze in the world, and located in Touraine, France, it comes into bloom with sunflowers in the summer and is re-sown in the winter time. The 10 acre maze is forever evolving… go and see for yourself!
Found in the Dole pineapple plantation, it holds the Guinness World Record for the world’s longest permanent maze, covering a total of 3.15 acres and has a total path length of 2.46 miles. This gigantic maze (you’ve guessed it - with a pineapple at the centre) is not for the faint hearted. For those who would rather try from the comfort of your own home you can now try to crack this maze online.
With a claim to fame as having Australia’s oldest hedge maze, this imposing structure is 3 metres high and 2 metres wide. The gardens here include an enchanting circular rose maze featuring a staggering 1200 roses and a lavender labyrinth. Bring some string in case you get lost.
Wacky, weird and extraordinarily fun, Puzzling World not only has one of the first modern mazes (with emergency exits just in case), it also has the most intriguing puzzle park including the hologram hall, the leaning tower of Wanaka and the hall of following faces. You won’t want to leave.
Known as the ‘Amazing Maize maze’, you won’t be disappointed. In fact it is so puzzling that they employ two full time ‘Maze Masters’ to help guide lost folk through it. With high walls and 2.5 miles of pathways this is certainly not surprising.
This was the first safari park created outside of Africa and the hedge maze here has been beautifully created with 16,000 yew trees. Covering 1.48 acres and nearly 2 miles of paths it also features wooden bridges to help you navigate to the centre. In fact it’s a 3D maze.
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