Treasure Hunt Ideas and Treasure Hunt Clues

This website has lots of free treasure hunt ideas for you to use to create a great scavenger hunt or treasure hunt. There are searches, treasure hunt challenges, codes and puzzles available to help give you some clue ideas. There are some excellent Christmas clues for a festive treasure hunt too. Alternatively you could adapt some of our other ideas to make them into Christmas clues:

  • A sound clue - a Christmas song such as "Oh Christmas Tree" leads to a Christmas tree.
  • Quotes from your favourite Christmas book.
  • A Christmas Word Search filled with festive things.


See the Treasure Hunt Ideas for Adults page for some clue ideas on how to make a good treasure hunt for grown-ups!

You can also use our free treasure hunt idea tool to create a treasure hunt online. The tool has loads of clue ideas in different formats (alphabet substitution, flag signals, mirrored writing etc) and fifty locations you would find around the home that would be suitable for hiding clues. This gives our treasure hunt creator almost 400 clues to choose from! In addition, you can add your own clues to your treasure hunts; simply use the "Create your own clue" option.


Treasure hunt clues, maps and codes

Our Hints and tips page gives some advice on how to set up a treasure hunt, and things to look out for when making one.

Treasure hunt clue ideas

You can browse our idea categories or view all our clues for children and adults ideas in one list.

All our treasure hunt clues

Scavenger Hunt

Treasure hunters must collect objects to be given the next clue


A riddle leads to the next clue, or must be answered by the treasure hunters to earn their next clue.

Missing Mobile Phone

The next clue is on a mobile phone that must be found by calling the phone's number.

The list of treasure hunt clues is expanding, and if you have your own ideas or clues and would like them listed on the site as inspiration for others please send them to us as Make sure you include your name so we can include you as the idea's creator!

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