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The Forbidden Corner, Middleham
(4.6/5 based on 2,200+ reviews on the web)
When you buy a ticket to The Forbidden Corner, you'll be given a checklist of things to find among the foliage, but not a map. It is up to you to search out the listed sites among the maze, statues, animated creatures, and dense gardens. Many of the sites are inspired by the European classical tradition, except when the proprietor and architect, Colin Armstrong, added his own flair. The gardens were originally intended as a private pleasure garden, but were expanded and opened to the public at the proprietor's request. The site was voted one of the best European follies of the 20th century by the Folly Fellowship, and attracts thousands of visitors every year. Plan to visit The Forbidden Corner during your Middleham vacation using our convenient Middleham vacation planner.
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  • Went with our family and five year old granddaughter for a birthday treat, had a great day in the gardens lots of fun and laughter and lots to see some buts scared the little one so discretion signs w...  more »
  • Really fun day out with the family even on a rainy day. Lots of little caves/stairways/tunnels to explore. Be better if the weather was on our side but still had a fantastic day out. 
  • Went with friends - fantastic attraction. Unique! We explored for hours and found all but the dog peering over the wall, where on earth is that?! Well worth the entrance fee. We did comment on the lac...  more »
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  • A very quirky experience, which is hard to classify. Its a collection of architectural follies in a 4 acre garden, which you are set free to explore. You are given a leaflet with check boxes for all the main things to try and see, however you aren't given (and it does not exist) a map, which means you can spend anywhere from 1 to 4 hours wondering around depending on the weather. It's worth noting that many of the walkways and paths have tight steps, slippery surfaces, small winding passages and water features including stepping stones, so it's not particularly accessible for disabled visitors through no fault of the attraction (it was built as a private garden and opened to the public later on) There's a restaurant/cafe serving surprisingly good food, and a small gift shop with surprisingly good replicas of some of the things you'll see. When I visited it was raining gently and it wasn't too bad, however it's probably best avoided in very heavy rain as it might spoil the experiment nice somewhat. Watch out for the surprise water features as well.. one or two of which can lead to a soaking in my weather. Also of note is that although there are a few toilets around the attraction.. you have no easy way of knowing where or how to get to them, so if you take younger children (who will enjoy the searching and quirkiness) make sure they visit the ones by the entrance if needed. Overall a good place for a visit. The prices are reasonable and the length of time you spend here is basically unlimited depending how good you are at remembering where you've been as your spacial reasoning. I'm not sure I'd revisit, but only because I feel I've seen it all.
  • Fantastic, incredibly built and designed maze. However, there is no clear goal nor exit, so you end up getting considerably frustrated (until you escape out through the entrance). Strongly advised to cross off each location on the picture "map", to keep track of it all. Nice cafe and shop.
  • An exciting, unusual, intriguing and surprising day out for the family. Loads of odd bits and pieces to find and explore. The attraction odds great, just don't expect rapid service in the cafe. I'd also recommended trying to get there at quiet times - when it gets busier its less fun.
  • AMAZING! You must visit here if you like the unusual day out. Book in advance and have a great time exploring and having fun. Great for anyone young or old. Be warned. DO NOT LOSE ANYONE IN THERE,YOU MIGHT NOT SEE THEM FOR HOURS.
  • We took the whole family for a day out and what a great day we had, so much fun. The kids loved it, and my 60+ year old parents did too. A must visit. We had a meal at the Stable Restaurant after and the food and staff were fantastic, with very reasonable prices.