Exploring the Maize Maze at Penshurst Place and Gardens


If you saw our Summer Holiday Bucket List this year, then you'll know that one of our goals was to visit a maize maze. It's an activity that I've seen others do over the years so we couldn't wait to visit one locally - especially as it was just around the corner at Penshurst Place and Gardens. We haven't actually been back to Penshurst since our visit in 2015, and I think I loved this visit even more.

Penshurst Maize Maze is located in a field off of the woodland trail (go right when you enter, past the adventure play and through the woods), and this year is an exploration-themed puzzle. The maze actually comprises 3 different trails too:

A smaller 10 minute maze perfect for young children (they must be accompanied at all times).

A tricker 20 minute maze that features an exploration game.

A 40 minute maze that features another exploration game.

If you choose to try the bigger two mazes and play the puzzles, you can be in with the chance of winning a Penshurst Place family season ticket! You simply need to find the clues from the different checkpoints hidden in the maze's twists and turns, and then crack the puzzle to enter. We tried out the 20 minute maze, but with three little ones to run after we quickly got lost and gave up with the hunt. It was lots of fun though, and really got the Little's involved as they raced around looking for the clues! 

Close to the start of the maze you'll find a raised platform, that if you climb up you'll be able to see the whole of the maize maze. Inside the maze you really can't work out where you are, so it's amazing to see where you've been exploring (or where you got lost!). Don't worry about getting lost though, there are stewards at hand to help you out.

The maze is open from 13th July - 1st September (11am to 6pm - last entry at 5pm), so there's still plenty of time to visit and explore. Entry is also included in your admission to Penshurst Place, so once you've finished exploring you an enjoy the house, grounds, and adventure play too!

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