In 1985 a province wide competition was organised entitled ‘Design a Maze’. What you see today is based on the winning idea - a unique hedge maze in the shape of Northern Ireland. It has numerous paths and dead ends with seven central spaces, one for each county and one for Lough Neagh.
The maze was planted out in 1986 with a variety of hornbeam called Carpinus Betulus - over 1,500 mature plants were used! By 1991 it was well established for its official opening, to mark Northern Ireland’s contribution to the International Year of the Maze.
Hornbeam can live for up to 150 years and we hope the Carnfunnock maze will continue to fascinate, entertain and bewilder all ages for many, many years to come.
Don't forget the viewing platform can be used to rescue anyone lost in the maze!