I am yet to come across someone that hasn’t had a good day out at York Maze. It’s a shame it’s only open for a few weeks of the year. It’s main attraction is a large themed maize maze but there’s plenty of other things there to do as well. In fact it is more than a full day out as when we visited we couldn’t fit everything in. Not to mention that everything bar the electric bikes and remote control boats is included in your entry price.
York Maze Things To Do Review
York Maze opens in mid-July and closes around the start of the second week of September. Dates vary yearly so do check their website before visiting. It is located on the eastern outskirts of York in North Yorkshire. As you can see from the map from a previous visit there is lots to do at York Maze.
The Mazes at York Maze
Another bonus to York Maze is that there is lots to do for young and older kids. The larger maze has a Mr Men and Little Miss theme for 2021. It is one of the largest maize mazes in the world and it is the largest in the UK. It covers an area larger than 8 Wembley football pitches.
Although it is massive it wasn’t one of the hardest mazes to complete. There are 6 puzzles to solve along the way and vantage points to help you plot where to go next. In our case, we kind of figured out our way round via spotting other people that were a little ahead of us. Cheating I know. Everyone gets a sticker on the way out, even if you don’t complete the maze.
Every year they also have a Jurassic Maize Maze with, yes you’ve guessed it, dinosaurs. The entrance to the maize maze is like a mini Jurassic Park and the maze is really easy to navigate and you shouldn’t have too much trouble finding all the dinosaurs.
There is also a small maze of illusions with lots of different tricks of the eye including mirrors, things that appear to move and more. They also have a finger fortune maze. As you make your way around you will find stations where you can colour each finger. Then once you have found all five stations you can return to the decoding board and find out your fortune.
The final maze at York Maze is the wooden Mineshaft Maze. This was one of the favourite things to do for our little one and he went in a few times during our visit. The maze features crawl tunnels, bridges, secret rooms and overhead walkways.
Other things to do at York Maze
The mazes themselves are somewhere you can spend a good few hours. But if that isn’t enough there are plenty of other really fun things to do at York Maze. The Volcorno is a huge volcano-like tower that kids have to try and climb. Once at the top there is a 4-metre tall slide back down to the bottom to try and climb all over again.
Even pre covid they never allowed more than a few kids on at a time which means really little kids will still have room to give the tower a go. It gets pretty slippy once you start getting closer to the top.
There is an undercover inflatable assault course where you can race your friends. They also have an undercover giant jumping pillow. Next to this, there is a massive sand play area with slides, things to climb on, balance beams, a cargo net and pendulum swings. Plus sand and water play so you may want to take a change of clothes.
If your kids are brave enough they have three tube slides. The corn snake tower slides are each different and even adults can have a go.
If your kids like climbing they can safely have a try on their climbing wall. It doesn’t go very high so it’s more for climbing across than up.
A favourite of ours is the Crowmania Ride. This is so much fun. You basically take a seat on their giant tractor that seats quite a lot of people in one go. You are then taken on a themed journey with actors along the way playing out different scenes. You may get wet (some very wet) although we sat at the front and barely got dripped on.
We never made it in the House of Cornfusion but it sounds great fun. It’s basically a series of rooms with different illusions in them. There is an infinity bridge, a mirror maze and rooms where you magically shrink, tip over and even spin round. They also have an undercover house party show. If your kids like getting wet then Utter Cornage water play area is for them. You can also hurl water bombs at each other on Angry Crows.
Three times a day they hold pig races. These are also great fun and you must select your chosen colour for your team before you enter (this usually involves colouring your face or other body parts in the corresponding colour).
Corn in the club is a fun crazy golf course in the woods. There are also some birds of prey that you can meet and electric boats. Corn on the Quad costs just £1 and there is room for 2 to ride on their specially designed track.
There is a cafe with indoor and outdoor seating plus a BBQ type area for food with undercover seating. You are also welcome to bring your own picnic.
Even on a bad weather day, there is plenty to do at York Maze. It is a really great family-friendly day out.
York Maze FAQ & Further Information
Address: Prophecy LodYork maze, Elvington Ln, York YO19 5LT, North Yorkshire
Category – Attraction – Mostly Outdoors – Suitable for all ages.
What are the ticket prices?
A standard flexible adult or child ticket costs £18 each. Children under 3 are free. A ticket bought 5 days in advance costs £15 per person. Other pricing options are available.
What are the main facilities and things to do?
Huge maize maze plus a variety of other mazes, slides, play areas, pig racing, inflatable, bouncing pillow and so much more. There are places to purchase food and drinks.
When are they open?
Please visit their website for up to date information. They usually open mid July and close into the second week of September.
Is there food available?
There is a cafe, a BBQ and a kiosk where you can purchase food and drinks.
Is there parking?
There is free parking.
Are they dog friendly?
Dogs are welcome on a lead.