Greenan Maze Greenan, Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow Wicklow Castles/Gardens Wicklow Heritage/Visitor Centre
 

Greenan Maze

Situated in the beautiful countryside of the Wicklow hills, only an hour south of Dublin, spend the whole day wandering around the farm in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.  With loads of attractions to check out, the day will be packed full of things to do and will keep the kids fully occupied. 

There is something for everyone in the family to enjoy!  A great day out for all the family, our family-run farm is suitable for all ages, ranging from toddlers to senior citizens, children’s parties, adult group tours, and specially created guided tours for primary schools. Families just come along as you do NOT need to make a booking.

The large 1/2 acre hedge maze is 7 feet tall and is a tricky puzzle to solve, the kids love it, while the solstice maze is a more gentle contemplative experience.  Three traditional farming museums present exhibits which will awaken your imagination to a time of hand-made crafts and horse-drawn farm machinery. 

The many farm animals prove a great attraction for the all kids as well as the adults.  Our beautiful wild nature walk leads down by a stream to the dragon-fly ponds where an abundant wild-life can be enjoyed on a relaxed and un-rushed stroll. 

Then relax and enjoy some home baking in the tea-rooms and browse through the local arts and crafts in our craft-shop.

Mazes

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 and toddlers alike, set within a large stone circle.  It allows a chance for you to un-wind 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 which represent the seasons.

Greenan Maze Kids Party packages

For more infrormation on different kids party options see here  http://www.greenanmaze.com/index.php/events/party/

Museum

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.

Farm Animals

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, pig-lets and chicks as they totter around the farm-yard or frolick in the fields.
Our draught horses are in retirement and are kept company by two cheeky donkeys, Neddy and Ernie.  See sheep and lambs aswell 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 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 wild-life 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

We have been hosting school tours for nearly 15 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/


Attractions

  • 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

We are an ideal venue for corporate outings.  We have hosted fun day events for many companies and organisations including bbq’s, maze races, nature and treasure hunts, museums quiz etc.  We have a new team building games programme which is great fun and creates great team spirit and enthusiastic competition.  We can cater tours and events to your companies specific and personal requirements.  All it takes is a bit of imagination and creativity!
We 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.  Our maze featured in the movie “The Actors” with Michael Caine.We have also hosted several professional magazine shoots.

Eco-Tours

Our Eco-Tours are centred around the sustainable and environmental practices of the farm. Our small scale farm is managed in an extremely environmentally-aware manner with many organic practices.  Nature conservation is a major priority with us.  We have been operating with these ideals since the mid 1980’s so our experience make us an excellent choice for Eco and Environmental Tours.  We are also attempting to formulate and implement a Sustainable Tourism Policy.


Greenan Maze Prices

  • Adults €8, Children €7, Children 2 yrs and under are free.  
  • Discount Family Ticket: 2 Adults + 2 Children €28, 1 Adults + 3 Children €28, Extra Children discounted to €5 each, Children 2 yrs and under are free

Bookings can me made online www.greenanmaze.com or on entry at the Maze upon arrival.

Group Discounts:
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.


Opening Times 2017

  • April: Weekends (April 1st & 2nd and April 29th & 30th 2017)
  • Open Easter School Holidays: From Saturday 8th April to Sunday 23rd April 2017, inclusive
  • Easter Weekend: Easter Saturday 15th April, Easter Sunday, Easter Monday Egg Hunts on both days (16th & 17th April)
  • May: Weekends Only i.e. Saturdays & Sundays (and open all bank holiday Mondays)
  • May: School Mid Term Break (dates to be advised)
  • June/July/August: 7 Days
  • Sept: Weekends Only
  • Oct: We open for The Haunted Maze and the Halloween mid term break this year in October 2017, dates to be advised.

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