The history of labyrinths in the British Isles can be traced back around 2000 years – the first reliably dated examples occurred as decorative mosaics in Roman villas in both England and Wales. Labyrinths also appear in manuscripts from the medieval period and then in churches and cut into the turf of village greens and hilltops around 500 years ago, about the same time that hedge mazes first become popular in parks and gardens. A revival of interest in labyrinths and mazes during the Victorian period added further examples, especially in churches, chapels and cathedrals in England. Within the last 40 years or so a remarkable number of new labyrinths have blossomed throughout Britain as part of the current revival – indeed Britain has one of the most diverse selections of labyrinths, of various forms and ages to be found anywhere in the world.

To get you started on your search for British labyrinths, the PDF’s below are for your personal use. You can also use the Labyrinth Locator by selecting England, Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland from the dropdown list of countries on the search page.

PDF’s:

Turf Labyrinths in England a guide to the historic turf mazes of England, with a map and visiting information.

Church & Cathedral Labyrinths in England a guide to the historic labyrinths in churches, chapels and cathedrals in England, with a map and visiting information.

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