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Seaforde Gardens, Downpatrick has the oldest maze in Ireland at the centre of the 18th Century walled garden. It also has a Butterfly House, with insects and tree ferns and interesting tropical planting.
From the oldest to the largest and longest, you will find the world’s largest and longest hedge maze (Guinness Book of Records) the ‘Peace Maze’ in Castlewellan Forest Park. Castlewellan covers 460 hectares of natural beauty enhanced by diverse woodland and a variety of attractive man made features, all of which are accessible to the visitor on foot. At Castlewellan Forest Park you will also find the National Arboretum and historic Annesley Garden.
For a walk on the wilder side Tollymore Forest Park in the shadows of the Mourne Mountains is a worthwhile visit. Tollymore takes in an area of almost 630 hectares and offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and the sea at Newcastle.
By Elspeth Briscoe
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