Eastnor Castle – Knight’s Maze and Junior Assault Course
Eastnor, Ledbury, Herefordshire, HR8 1RL
Eastnor Castle is a fairytale Georgian castle, dramatically situated in the foothills of the Malverns.
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.