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The Forbidden Corner, Middleham

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Theme Park · Water / Amusement Park
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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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  • Fantastic time out. Like the best maze you can imagine. Great staff too! Kids really enjoyed finding our way around. Got lost a lot... In a good way! 
    Fantastic time out. Like the best maze you can imagine. Great staff too! Kids really enjoyed finding our way around. Got lost a lot... In a good way!  more »
  • I would thoroughly recommend this experience. Fun for all ages, surpassing my expectations with lots of cool places to explore and get lost in. Watch out for some of the water features though 🤣 
    I would thoroughly recommend this experience. Fun for all ages, surpassing my expectations with lots of cool places to explore and get lost in. Watch out for some of the water features though 🤣  more »
  • Oh I love this place so much! Third time for us visiting but the first time with our youngest two. It’s still as mind blowing third time round. Only part I was really disappointed about was the... 
    Oh I love this place so much! Third time for us visiting but the first time with our youngest two. It’s still as mind blowing third time round. Only part I was really disappointed about was the...  more »
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  • Such a wonderful day out lots for the children to explore!! You definitely need a good few hours to get around and see everything!! There could be more signs to indicate small tunnels or 1 way systems to help prevent traffic, we went during the school holidays and it was quite busy but we still had lots of fun !!
  • The Forbidden Corner is a fantastic experience with a lot to explore. My group had two kids and 6 adults, and we spent around 6 hours exploring the gardens. There is so much to find and there is exciting hidden passages. My favourite was the underground rat bar!
  • I cannot recommend this place enough. Had an absolutely brilliant day out here with the family. My 6 and 3 year old loved it as did the adults. What a place this is. If you’re thinking about visiting just do it because you won’t regret it. Amazing!!!!!
  • Absolutely bonkers place. Wear sturdy shoes & prepare to get wet (spare clothes in the car is a good idea) Eat before you go in, no picnics allowed. If you're claustrophobic, heavily overweight or have mobility issues, this isn't the day out for you. Lots of very narrow passages, steep steps, dark spaces.
  • A magical place to bring the family. This labyrinth style attraction will be fun for all ages. The twists, turns, landscape, water features (yes, you will get wet!) are all spectacular. You'll laugh and be amazed at what beholds you. The famous burping mouth upon entering or the tunnels underground that bring you out in random areas. Look out for the Charlie & The Chocolate Factory style tunnel that gets smaller as you go down, or bigger as you go through depending on which way you walk through! See if you can find the mice and watch the mouse show as it happens, you'll be in for a shock as it finishes! The homemade ice cream is good if you can find the café near the play area. You'll certainly have fun!

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