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Castlewellan Peace Maze

6-8 Burren Walk, Castlewellan, County Down, BT31 9AF
Castlewellan Peace Maze

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Castlewellan Peace Maze, is one of the world's largest permanent hedge mazes representing the path to a peaceful future for Northern Ireland. Planted in 2000 with community involvement, visitors can attempt to solve their way to the peace bell in the centre of the maze.

The hedge comprises of 6,000 yew trees, many were planted by people from all over Northern Ireland and covers 2.7 acres (11,000 square meters) with a hedge length of over 2 miles (3,550 meters) a path length of 3,147 meters.

Planning of the maze started in 1998 and was officially opened in 2001, created by landscape designer Beverly Lear with imput from nearly 4,000 school children in an effort to encourage a sense of common ownership.

Funding for the project, came from European Union Support Programme for Peace and Reconciliation in Northern Ireland and Department of Agriculture and Rural Development as well as Down District Council. The Peace Maze held the record of the World's Largest Hedge Maze until 2007 when the Pineapple Garden Maze in Hawaii expanded to take the title.

Completion of the Maze walk is approx 40 minutes.

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  • Picnic Area

Children & Infants

  • Baby changing facilities
  • Facilities for children

Establishment Features

  • Accept coach parties
  • Family Fun
  • Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking

Payment Methods

  • All major credit/debit cards accepted

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Coach (Over 24 Seats)£35.00
Season Ticket£25.00
Seasonal Minibus Permit (8 - 24 Seats)£65.00

Car entrance charges apply.

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* Castlewellan Peace Maze - opening hours:
April to October: 9am - 8pm
November to March: 9am - 4pm

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