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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  • Wasn't open but the friendly man showed us around and told us about it to make us want to return when it opens in April. Sounds fun and we can't wait.  more »
  • Great fun for children and adults. You do need to book in advance for a visit. I would recommend the earlier time slots as it can get very busy later in the day. The cafe is also very popular and busy...  more »
  • Visited with our 7 and 9 year old, this place is amazing well worth a visit. Great for children and adults, although our 7 year old found it scary in places. We had a lovely lunch at the saddle room r...  more »
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  • This is one of the best days out we've had for a long time! The 'corner' itself is absolutely amazing! Perhaps a little scary in places for younger visitors but still a great attraction and it's lovely that you are free to roam yourself so that each visit is an individual experience and not having to follow the person in front of you. Ample car parking is available and a very reasonably priced gift shop too. Staff at the attraction and shop are extremely friendly and helpful.The only downside is the cafe! We've never been anywhere with such slow service and we witnessed staff clearing half a table then walking away whilst customers were waiting for a table!!!! Overall a great place to visit but PLEASE get your cafe sorted! We'll certainly be back again. Watch out for that cat at the attraction 😂 and don't forget to book your time slot beforehand to avoid the disappointment of no slots left.
  • Fantastic day out. Explored for hours. Had something for all ages, some probably a bit scary for the very young, and some inaccessible for the larger person. Alice in wonderland shrinking tunnel is a squeeze, devil worship basement is atmospheric, mausoleum spooky, and water shoots between stepping stones damp.
  • As my husband said tremendous!! We visited with a 7 month old (in a carrier definitely would miss things taking a buggy ) 3 and 7 year old , best day out we have had in a long while. Definitely quirky , great for explorers and adventurers. Although it was raining lots of trees and underground places meant it didn't spoil it. Cafe busy but to be expected food of great standard for amount of people, served in 10 minutes and great choice even for little ones. Would highly recommend!!!
  • This place is unique. What a bizarre adventure. Now where are we? This are just a few things I guarantee that if you don't say yourself, you'll hear someone else say. It was great fun and we all enjoyed it. If you like exploring, mazes and things a little quirky then this the place for you. Highly recommended.
  • My granddaughter came to visit and had a marvellous time.. Months later she lost her toy which she purchased and was her favourite which she carried everywhere. I contacted the staff who were so helpful and sent her 2 replacements. She is so thrilled. And we wanted to say a massive thank you for understanding how important this is to her. You are superstars! Janet Beckett. Ossett. West Yorkshire.
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