After extensive research I finally found it.
I found the park where the opening scene of Labyrinth was filmed and now I’m going to tell you where it is… if you don’t want to know, stop reading right now! I do not want to be held responsible for ruining anyone’s childhood. 🙂
Alright then… if you’ve read my blog before you may have followed my search for the park in my previous posts.
Many, including myself have spent countless hours on Google maps trying to find the park by looking over every single pond in every single park in London, England and Upper Nyack, New York.
I continued searching the internet for months and visiting possible locations all over London until I finally found it… in a small town about an hour and a half outside London.
The opening scene of Labyrinth was shot in West Wycombe Park, Buckinghamshire, England, HP14 3AJ.
(No wonder nobody’s been able to find it using Google maps.)
West Wycombe park is on a private property but belongs to the National Trust so visiting the park is open to everyone during the summer months.
To make absolutely sure I had found the right park I decided to visit and see for myself…
This is what I found…
For reference here is a still from the movie…
I was amazed at how much it still looks like the scene from the movie!
Even 26 years later there have only been minor changes made to it. The small bridge has been lightly repaired, the larger bridge in the background now has decorative urns on it but other than that the changes could only be seen in the plant life.
I could not resist the urge to run over the bridge and re-enact the scene from the movie. I ran over the bridge and recited Sarah’s lines word for word, there was even a swan walking around which i used as a substitute for Merlin the dog. I listened for imaginary thunder, looked around for a chiming clock tower and then ran back over the bridge away from possible rain and towards my babysitting duties.
Having done all this in the exact same place as Jennifer Connelly did it 26 years ago is beyond surreal… I wasn’t just re-enacting the scene… I was re-enacting something that actually happened in that exact spot.
After having spent a few hours at the park I still didn’t want to leave. It felt as if I was in a fairy tale world and not a local tourist attraction. It wasn’t until it started to rain for real that I gave into my friend’s now insistent demands of leaving as we were getting soaked to the bone and even the swans on the lake were seeking shelter.
Now, I just hope you enjoy this little piece of information as much as I enjoyed uncovering the mystery and If you get a chance, do pay the park a visit!
It’s quite an experience.
Tourist information for West Wycombe Park.
If you’d like more info on the filming locations of the opening scenes of Labyrinth check the following blog. The founder has finally located the last two missing locations and has gathered all of them in one place, here: http://labyrinthlocations.blogspot.com/
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask!