Inside the Castle Maze

If you have ever experienced the wonder and mystery of a castle maze you will be able to understand why they draw thousands of people each year for a visit.

There are many such mazes throughout the castles in Europe. Some of these mazes can be found in England and are open to visitors.

You can take a trip to visit one at Leeds Castle, Maidstone, Kent England. Another maze in Kent England is at Hever Castle, Edinbridge, and if you are Scotland bound, you can visit the maze at Cawdoe Castle, Nairnshire.

A castle maze is usually associated with the hedge type that people are most familiar with. They were constructed of several different materials. Most people are familiar with the mazes that were constructed from hedges, but the mazes could also include stone, wood, or concrete.

The hedge type maze would consist of high hedges and would vary in design. This maze was designed to serve as a labyrinth that could easily be entered but was very difficult to find the way out.

Other mazes associated with castles are the underground tunnels and rooms that often existed in castles. Again, these labyrinths were mazes within the design of the actual castle itself.

There is a lot to be speculated about the origin of these mazes, but one thing is for sure; such a maze could be strategic in the defense of the castle.

For example, the entrance of a castle was protected by the barbican which confined an approaching enemy to a long narrow front. The attackers would often find themselves amidst a maze of twists and turns that would confuse their sense of direction.

With this exterior maze, along with the maze of underground tunnels and dungeons, we can see that a castle maze held important purpose and was therefore carefully planned in a castle’s design.


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