Greenan MazeGREENAN, RATHDRUM, CO. WICKLOW
Only an hour south of Dublin this pretty traditional farm has been described as a “Heritage Hotspot” and “an antidote to urban living”.
Will & Anita Wheeler run this pretty family farm and assure us that “the SAFETY of public and staff is our top priority, there will be some changes onsite...but as most of our amenities are outdoors, we are lucky to have ample space and fresh air to relax in safety”.
Farm life has been busy even in lockdown. The big hedge maze keeps growing and stands at 7ft tall on half an acre. Will, the busy farmer, has been maintaining hedges and looks after the numerous farm animals on site. During the Spring the new arrivals included 18 new lambs, 8 new chicks, 2 new bronze turkeys, 1 very cute new Scottish Highland calf and a litter of piglets on the way. Will has also built a cool new coffee shop with rustic outdoor pavilion and refurbished craft shop interior.
There is no need to book a visit, however, in keeping with government protocols at busy times, numbers will have to be controlled entering the farm and the maze. There is plenty of space with approx. 10 acres of outdoor grounds, 2 large outdoor mazes, 3 indoor museums, nature walks including a treasure hunt and fairy tree trail, coffee shop and plenty of farm animals.
It’s a fun day out for all the family so bring a picnic and enjoy this pretty countryside farm in relaxation and safety.
All visitors are advised to wear masks and gloves as per govt guidelines, use hand sanitiser, adhere to social distancing guidelines and follow protocols onsite which will be clearly marked at each amenity. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times. Disposable gloves and hand sanitiser will be available as necessary and there will be some masks for sale in the new coffee shop, if required.
The coffee shop will have takeaway sandwiches, snacks and cakes as well as great organic coffees and undercover outdoor seating is available with ample space for social distancing.
Picnics are always welcomed as they have many picnic tables outside with loads of space for socially distanced family picnics but please take all rubbish home with you.
Greenan Maze are part of the Leave No Trace campaign and they want to encourage the “7 R’s of Zero Waste Living” which asks everyone to first “Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rehome, Replant, Rot” before even considering using the Rubbish Bin. The Wheeler family also strive to help all their visitors appreciate nature and the outdoors and urge the public to check out Wearetheark.org and The All Ireland Pollinator Plan 2015-2020.
As most of the farms amenities are outdoors Greenan Maze is a perfect day out for all the family while respecting social distancing guidelines.
Standing on half an acre, the tricky Celtic maze will positively puzzle you! A stream flows through it to the pond in the middle and a viewing tower overlooks the excitement below. Unique in design, this hedge maze is the highlight of most people's day.
The Solstice Maze is a relaxing, contemplative pathway for adults & toddlers, set within a large stone circle. It offers a chance to unwind and enjoy the tranquillity of the beautiful Wicklow Mountains. Created on the winter solstice, December 21st, there are 21 outer stones, encircling 4 large standing stones that represent the seasons.
Greenan Maze Kids Party packages
For details on the different kids party options, see http://www.greenanmaze.com/index.php/events/party/
Take an imaginative trip into a by-gone era and try to envisage how craftsmen plied their trade when farming life depended on horse-drawn machinery and hand-made materials. An educational stroll around the museums will leave you with a sense of wonder and respect for a time of hard work and worth-while craftsmanship. This impressive collection is one of the largest in Ireland.
The Barn Museum
The large two storey barn, at the centre of a working hill-farm, exhibits implements and tools spanning 200 years of local farming history. An extensive and informative presentation of prints and photographs dating back to the time of the Famine, are also on display. The ground floor contains a fine collection of horse-drawn implements, from ploughs and harrows to carts and traps.
Some excellent displays of farming tools as well as tools from the blacksmith's, cartwright's, thatcher's and cooper's trades are also presented.
The Bottle Museum
The bottle museum was established in 1985 and holds a very large collection of antique 19th and early 20th-century Irish bottles, jars and vessels, some of which were excavated on the farm.
The Old Farmhouse Museum
Dating from the 16th century, the Old Farmhouse was a safe-house for Irish rebels, such as Michael Dwyer, in the 1798 rebellion. Genuine weapons, including pikes, are on display. The Farmhouse is fully restored with original furniture and utensils in the bedroom, dairy and kitchen. It was last lived in by the Seanchai (Story Teller) Tom O'Neill.
Everyone will love viewing the farm animals in the paddocks. With many cute and cuddly new additions during the year, you can often see baby lambs, piglets and chicks as they totter around the farm-yard or frolic in the fields.
Our draught horses are in retirement and are kept company by two cheeky donkeys, Neddy and Ernie. See sheep and lambs as well as pigs, ducks, bronze turkeys, geese, hens and chicks, including an extensive display of pure breeds (and some rare breeds too). You may also be able to see a cow and calf depending on the season.
For the poultry enthusiasts, we have a great hand-crafted hen house which we call “The Hen Hotel” for our pure breed hens. You can sit and enjoy the “hen politics” at a seated viewing area where extensive information panels give you details on each pure breed.
Wild Nature Walk
The nature trail is a tranquil walk which meanders by Ballinanty Brook through the beautiful unspoilt countryside and a wild-life nature reserve. It leads to the Dragonfly Walk which is a raised wooden walkway winding through native woodlands and wetlands reaching three peaceful ponds with raised viewing platforms. It is an unspoilt area which supports an abundance and diverse range of wildlife including wild deer, moorhens, frogs and dragonflies.
More than one hundred different species of trees have been planted. Some notable specimens include the Handkerchief Tree (Davidia Involucraia), Weeping Silver Lime (Tilia Tomentosa), Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia Glytostroboides), Oak plantations and many species of Maple. The aim is to create an arboretum for future generations. Butterfly viewing points are scattered over the farm where many different types of butterflies have been spotted including the Silver-Washed Fritillary.
Primary School Tours
They have been hosting school tours for over 20 years and have very experienced and friendly tour guides. A school tour at Greenan Farm Museums & Maze includes an educational, active and full-day outing which includes elements of heritage and local history, nature and environmental activities, and age-specific tours. We believe in giving a high-quality tour and therefore only host two groups per day. Tours can last from 2 ½ to 4 hours depending on your requirements.
For more information on school-tours see here http://www.greenanmaze.com/index.php/schools-tours/
- Celtic Maze: large hedge maze, very exciting, kids love it!
- Museums: guided tours of 3 fascinating museums; Old farm life, Traditional farmhouse and unusual Bottle museum.
- Wild Nature Walk and Dragonfly Ponds: tranquil nature reserve with raised walkway, ponds, woodlands and wildlife.
- Farm Animals: pigs, horses, donkeys, lambs, chicks and more.
- Field Games: welly boot throwing, wheelbarrow relays, sack racing and sheep bowling!
We also provide undercover lunch tables and free tea/coffee for teachers.
Special Events & Corporate Outings
They are an ideal venue for corporate outings. They have hosted fun day events for many companies and organisations including bbq’s, maze races, nature and treasure hunts, museums quiz etc. They have a new team-building games programme which is great fun and creates great team spirit and enthusiastic competition. They can cater for tours and events to your companies specific and personal requirements. All it takes is a bit of imagination and creativity!
They also cater for a broad range of specialised tours and events such as Coach Tours, Heritage Tours, Staff Parties, Guided Tours, Vintage Car Rally's, Motor-bike Rally’s etc.
Greenan Farm Museums and Maze, as seen on BBC and RTE television, is available as a film location and can provide original props if required. The maze featured in the movie “The Actors” with Michael Caine. They have also hosted several professional magazine shoots.
Their Eco-Tours are centred around the sustainable and environmental practices of the farm. This small scale farm is managed in an extremely environmentally-aware manner with many organic practices. Nature conservation is a major priority and they have been operating with these ideals since the mid-1980’s so their experience makes them an excellent choice for Eco and Environmental Tours. They are constantly reviewing and implementing their Sustainable Tourism Policy.
Opening Times 2020
- May: Weekends Only i.e. Saturdays & Sundays (and open all bank holiday Mondays i.e. Monday 6th May 2019)
- June/July/August: Every day
- Sept: Weekends Only
Greenan Maze Prices
- Adults €8, Children €7.50, Children 2 yrs and under are free.
- Discount Family Ticket: 2 Adults + 2 Children €29, 1 Adult + 3 Children €29, Extra Children discounted to €5.50 each, Children 2 yrs and under are free, Season Ticket €75.00 for 2 adults and 2 children, t&c’s apply - see website for more details.
Bookings can be made online www.greenanmaze.com or on entry at the Maze upon arrival.
Discounts available for groups of over 15 people, Senior Citizens, Special Needs, and for visitors arriving by bicycle, on foot, or donkey! Please phone Anita on 0404-46000 or 086-8845624 to make a booking.