Travel: Are we nearly there? Losing battles for kids - a round- up of mazes

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Kent's Hever Castle, near Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7NG (01732 865224) Don't start with the maze, or you may miss the Italian garden, sculpture, cascades and fountains that decorate the childhood home of Anne Boleyn. Open daily, 11am-6pm. Admission pounds 4.90/pounds 3.90.

Hampton Court Palace, Surrey KT8 9AU (0181-781 9500) A third of a million visitors each year have left this most famous maze looking slightly ropy. It may have to be cut down and replaced later in the year, so see William of Orange's puzzle now. Open Tue-Sun 9.30am-6pm; Mon 10.15am-6pm. Admission pounds 5.60-pounds 8.50, under-fives free.

Jubilee Park, Symonds Yat, Hereford HR9 6DA (01600 890011) The Museum of Mazes and the Jubilee Maze were erected here in the year of the Queen's Jubilee. Men are a bit of a lost cause: they "only rescue ladies". Open daily, 11am-5pm. Admission pounds 2.80/pounds 1.50.

Wookey Hole Caves and Papermill, Wells, Somerset BA5 1BB (01749-672243) The legendary home of the Witch of Wookey has various exhibits - including the chance to make one of yourself in the Magical Mirror Maze. Open daily, 9.30am-5.30pm. Admission pounds 6.50/pounds 3.50.

Chatsworth House, Chatsworth, Bakewell, Derbyshire DE45 1PP (01246 582204) The yew maze was planted by the present Duke and Duchess of Devonshire in 1962 on the site of Paxton's Great Stove, a vast greenhouse blown-up as a result of fuel shortages in WW1. Open daily, 11am-4.30pm. Admission pounds 5.90/pounds 3.

Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxford OX20 1PX (01993 811325) The playful home of the 11th Duke of Marlborough has the largest hedge maze in the world, putting-greens, giant chess and inflatable castles. If you need to shake off the parents there's the Churchill exhibition, shops and the lake. Open daily, 9am-5pm. Admission pounds 3.80-pounds 7.80.

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