Do you want a fun day out with the family? Or fancy an outdoor challenge? Check out these Amazing Mazes in Ireland to Puzzle Your Way In and Out Of!
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Nore Valley Park Indoor 3D Maze, Kilkenny
Perfect for all weather conditions, the indoor 3D Maze at Nore Valley has 10 different levels to puzzle your way through. It is suitable for all ages and can cater for groups. With trapdoors, ladders and dead ends, this wooden maze is sure to make even the most expert maze puzzler confused!
Russborough House, Blessington, Wicklow
Russborough House is home to an amazing 2000 metre beech hedge maze. A statue of Cupid stands at the centre of the maze to help you puzzle your way in but will you find your way back out again?
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Boda Borg at Lough Key, Roscommon
Not a maze in the traditional sense, but a series of indoor puzzle rooms where you have to puzzle your way out of to gain a stamp for your team. Boda Borg is made up of 20 puzzles, each one consisting of between 2 and 5 rooms.
There are no instructions, and teams of between 3 and 5 people have to work together to figure out how to move onto the next room. An adrenalin fuelled adventure for all the family!
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Doneraile Wildlife Park, Cork
Doneraile Wildlife Park is free to enter and is a lovely place for a walk with the family. There are marked walking trails and your are sure to spot deer and other wildlife along the way. Next to the house, there is a low level garden maze to enjoy.
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The Kildare Maze
The Kildare Maze in Naas has a choice of 2 maze experiences, a hedge maze and a wooden maze. At the centre of the hedge maze, there is a viewing tower so you can plan your exit route!
Other on-site attractions for families include; crazy golf, pets corner, adventure trail and zip wires and there are picnic benches and play units suitable for younger children. All in all the Kildare Maze offers a great day out.
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Greenan Maze, Wicklow
Greenan in Wicklow has 2 mazes to choose from. The Celtic maze spans half an acre and is 7 feet tall. It is a tricky puzzle maze with stream flowing through it that brings you to a pond in the middle. There is a viewing tower overlooking the maze where you can get your bearings or watch the action below!
Set within a stone circle, the Solstice maze is a maze pathway suitable for all ages. It is a relaxing maze with 21 outer stones and 4 larger standing stones, to represent the seasons.
Greenan also has nature trails, animals and farm museums for you and your family to enjoy and a tea room for refreshments.
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The Peace Maze, Castlewellan, NI
The Peace Maze is the centrepiece of Castlewellan Forest Park and covers over 3 acres and is made up of 6000 yew trees and has almost 3 miles of pathways.
The design of the maze was based on idea’s from thousands of children who were asked to submit their design ideas when the maze was first commissioned. At the centre of the maze is a bell that you ring when you puzzle your way in.
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Dunbrody Castle, Wexford
Dunbrody Castle sits next to Dunbrody Abbey in Wexford. On the castle site there is a visitor centre with tea rooms, craft shops, pitch and putt and an intricate yew hedge maze. Created from around 1,500 yew trees the maze has gravel paths and a large stone plinth at the centre. As it is one of the few large scale mazes in Ireland, it may take a while to puzzle your way and out!
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The Maze of Ireland, Rathwood
This really is an amazing maze! The maze of Ireland has been planted in the shape of Ireland and you can puzzle your way through all 32 counties in one day!
So go along to have an outdoor geography lesson as each county has a plaque with the name of the main town in the county and the river that runs through it.
A fun day out for all ages. Currently only open during summer months.
Smugglers Cove Maze, Cork
Smugglers Cove in Rosscarbery, Cork has 2 mazes to choose from. A clever wooden maze with towers, bridges, dead-ends and confusing turns to puzzle your way through. And an amazing maize maze, Ireland’s largest corn maze for you to enjoy too.
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Leahy’s Open Farm Cork
Set on one acre, Dun’s Mystery Maze at Leahy’s Open Farm in Cork stands at approximately 4ft tall making it perfect for kids of all ages to puzzle their way through. There is a viewing stand which overlooks the maze but the challenge is to get around it without viewing it first. Incidentally, they tell us that kids find their way through quicker than adults!
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Aistear Park Maze, Mountshannon, Clare
A visit to the Aistear Park Maze in Mountshannon will take you on a journey through time. The park covers more than 4 acres and has in excess of 3,000 trees. It is a fun, peaceful and safe place to visit with kids. The maze is set within the play area and incorporates seven spaces that each display artefacts and relics reflecting the beliefs of the past making this a fascinating heritage walk for all ages to enjoy.
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The Crystal Maze, Meath
The Crystal Maze in Kells, Co. Meath offers families, friends, students and teams of all ages a fun day out. Participants must puzzle their way around a vast hedge maze completing mental, physical and skill challenges and compete to win crystals. In all there are over 100 challenges to take part in including water, climbing, crawling, mental and team work challenges.
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Carnfunnock Maze, Antrim
Carnfunnock Country Park in Larne, Co Antrim is home to a large hedge maze where families and children can puzzle their way around with specially designed educational worksheets. You can download the sheets in advance of your visit and take part in fun activities that cover maths, english and the arts.
The maze was created as a result of a competition to Design a Maze and is in the shape of Northern Ireland. It consists of seven spaces, one for each of the 6 counties in Northern Ireland and a 7th to represent Lough Neagh. Planted from 1,500 hombeam hedge plants, you will have to puzzle your way around dead-ends and numerous paths to find your way into each space. A fun day out for all ages.
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The Celtic Maze & Wildflower Meadow at Ballymaloe Cookery School, Cork
Visitors to the Ballymaloe Cookery School in Cork can enjoy a trip around the amazing celtic maze which covers just over 1 acre. The maze is a puzzle with with dead-ends, clever pathways and it truly celtic in design.
Visitors can collect a kids trail map from the farm shop before entering the maze with questions and tasks for the children to follow as they make their way around the maze.
Afterwards, visitors can take a ramble through the wildflower garden to look for butterflies, insects and other wildlife that thrive amongst the flowers.
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Iveagh Gardens, Dublin
The Iveagh Gardens right in the heart of Dublin city centre is home to a small maze, with a sundial at the centre that is perfect to explore on your next visit or during your lunch break.
Visitors can also visit the rose garden and view the cascade, pictured above. An oasis of calm in the busy city centre, The Iveagh Gardens are open year round and are free to visit except on dates when ticketed events are taking place.
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Have you visited any of these amazing mazes in Ireland? Please let us know in the comments box below.