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  • Worcestershire Hidden Gems

Maze

WORCS HIDDEN GEMS

Taking a stroll around the maze

Taking a stroll around the maze

The maze is great fun for all ages!

Details

The maze at Arley Arboretum was designed and planted in 2009 and opened to the public in 2011. It was designed and created by the Head Gardener and his team, and involved planting 3000 Hornbeam trees. The maze is a challenging design, and will usually take about 30 minutes to complete. It will only ever grow to just below head height, as it is quite possible to get very lost in it!

The maze is in a perfect spot, close to Turners Ride, with beautiful views of the surrounding countryside. There is a picnic bench close by if visitors would rather sit and drink in the scenery whilst braver members of the party head into the maze.

The Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) derives its name from Anglo Saxon words for ‘horn’ and ‘tree’. It produces very hard wood that was often used to make cog wheels for watermills and windmills before the development of metals. Its main use now is in butchers’ chopping blocks.

Viewing Platform

Once you have found your way to the center of the maze, you will have reached the castle. Our new viewing platform gives you the opportunity to look over the surrounding area, and is great for taking pictures.

Interesting points:

Hornbeam trees now are mainly used for Butchers chopping boards and tool handles
The seeds, buds and catkins serve as a food source for songbirds, squirrels, pheasants, and grouse.
Mazes are believed to date back 4000 years
It is believed they were originally used to stop unwanted visitors
One of the biggest mazes in the UK is near York and consists of 35 acres dedicated to Star trek

Disabled accessDisabled toiletsOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Opening details

We are currently closed, but our new 2015 season starts in February.
More information on our opening times go to our website.
The Arboretum and Tea Room is now open
and will stay open until Sunday 21st December 2014.

Open five days Wednesday to Sunday
Closed Monday and Tuesday (Excluding Bank Holidays and Group Bookings of 20+)

The Arboretum is open 11am to 5pm
The Tea Room is open from 11am to 4.30pm

Location

Directions

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Map reference: SO 766802  Lat: 52.41950 Long: -2.34543

By Road:
At Shatterford, follow brown tourist signs.

Parking: free

Facilities

  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality