The Forbidden Corner, Middleham

4.5
#1 of 15 in Theme Parks in Yorkshire
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. Use our Middleham sightseeing planner to add The Forbidden Corner and other attractions to your Middleham vacation plans.
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  • What a shame the cafe spoilt what had been a fun day. The young staff in the cafe, of which there were many congregated in groups behind the counter flirting and chatting with each other. Not one aske...  more »
  • My Wife and 11 year old daughter spent the day at the at The Forbidden Corner and had so much fun. Using the jumbled up map to find our way around all the attractions like the glass pyramid and the un...  more »
  • This is our second visit and once you have been not as exciting. It is rather expensive for families with children so take plenty of money. It took us 1.1/2 hours to go round and our 4 year old grands...  more »
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  • Clever and fun, a great day out. You have to visit to understand, the place defies description! The rubbings sheet is a nice addition and a good way to make sure you see as much as possible. Nice cafe, with high chairs and children's options. Toilets with baby changing although I'd advise using the ones at reception before you go in!
  • So interesting a book has been written about it! Forbidden corner can appear very light hearted when first entering and looking around the gift shop/cafe, however when you start to explore it can become quite challenging. Both times I have been with young children (4 years old then on a second visit 6). I found personally it is challenging in terms of the claustrophobic feeling from the narrow and cramped tunnels (more so on a busy day) the little ones became upset generally how dark and spooky these are. That said it is so unique and strange it feels rewarding once you have been through. The outdoor areas are beautiful partly because of the Yorkshire local but are well designed and nicely abstract. It's better for older children 10+ and people who are flexible enough to get around one or two cramped places. This is like a dark Disneyland with more than one or two occult references. The history of the owner is fascinating also.
  • Amazing fun random strange day out for the family. Search through the walled ate a amongst the follies viewing strange sculptures, mazes, hidden water jets, underground caverns. Got to see it to believe it. Don't miss the toilets in car park!!! Picnic by the lake. Brilliant place to go. Booking required before entry though.
  • Great place for the kids and to get compmetely lost! It will surprise you and make you talk to strangers as you all bounce off each other to find unknown places. Can be a bit crazy when busy, especially school hols but its a tourist attraction and you can't have the place to yourself!
  • Amazing place to visit, lots of things to see and extremely easy to get lost (we lost both kids for around 20mins but that was them running ahead) was amazing here really enjoyed the gardens and getting lost in here 😊. The reason I gave 4 stars is because when we went to eat it seemed as if there was a 1st class area and a lower class area in the bar, I don't personally like places like that. I prefer to walk into a a restaurant and be seated wherever is available, and feel comfortable in that place and not as if people are staring down their noses because you haven't got high heels and make up on

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