The middle English word ‘maze’ more or less translates as ‘delirium’ or ‘delusion’. Back in the sixteenth century, hedge mazes were embraced by European royalty as a means of entertaining guests (as well as providing sneaky spots for clandestine meetings). Since then we’ve continued to get a kick out of feeling disorientated, solving the giant puzzle before us and reaching that elusive centre. As a family day out, mazes seriously tick a lot of boxes – they’re time-consuming enough to keep the kids occupied, they’re outdoor, and low ticket prices make them good value for money. From a hardcore stone labyrinth to the longest maze in the world, we’ve rounded up the best places to get lost in the UK.
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