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Children's Playground

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Eastnor Castle

Eastnor Castle

Eastnor Castle

Details

Fairytale Georgian Castle dramatically situated in the Malvern Hills. Set in an area of outstanding natural beauty and surrounded by a deer park, arboretum and lake. Beautifully restored interiors contain medieval armour, tapestries and Italian fine art.

Children's funsheets, adventure playground, Burma Bridge treetop walkway, assault course, Knight's maze, lakeside and woodland walks and public events.

The Knight's Maze at Eastnor Castle is one of our most popular attractions, the yew maze was planted in 1994 and has challenged visitors for nearly 20 years.

The maze originally sat next to a Garden Centre, which closed and the building is now used as our ticket office on days when we open to visitors. The Knight's Maze opened for the first time in 1995 although the yew plants were only about 30cm high at that point! Even so, small children enjoyed finding their way to the middle, without the risk of getting lost! The yews grew very quickly and soon became a very challenging maze. In fact, it was so challenging that we initially had problems as children would get stuck and then break through the hedge to get out, leaving big holes. Now, thankfully, the hedge is too thick and we provide a map to visitors so they can find their way out in an emergency!

The tower in the middle of the maze and the children's assault course were added much later in 2005 and now provide an excellent play area, in addition to our adventure playground next to the castle.

Every year, our two grounds men, Nick Robinson and Ron Layton take about 3 weeks to trim the maze. They laboriously start in the middle and work their way to the outside, cutting the tops and sides of the hedges and using wheelbarrows to remove and dispose of the clippings.

There is also a Junior Assault Course situated next to the Maze.

Castle and Grounds:
We are open from Easter until the last Sunday in September:
Please visit www.eastnorcastle.com for opening days.
11.00am - 4.30pm (last admission 4.00pm)
We are closed from the last Sunday in September until Easter

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled accessDisabled toiletsEnglish Heritage PropertyFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Children welcomeDogs accepted

Location

Directions

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Map reference: SO 733369  Lat: 52.02985 Long: -2.39043

Two miles east of Ledbury on the A438 Tewksbury Road only ten minutes from junction 2 of M50.

Parking: free

Nearest station : 2 miles (3.2 kms) from Ledbury station

Parking: free

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • English Heritage PropertyEnglish Heritage Property
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • 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
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted