The Forbidden Corner Review Guide

The Forbidden Corner is one of our favourite days out. My son and I loved the quirkiness of the place and I have never been to anywhere quite like it. Sometimes we’ve come across people who have hated the place as it’s not everyone’s taste but if you love seeing something a bit different then this is the place for you. There’s also part of the attraction that smaller children will find scary, I must admit I was a little scared myself but this can be avoided (see below for more info).

The Forbidden Corner is located near Middleham in North Yorkshire. You must pre-book tickets online at least a day in advance. If you call them on the day you want to visit you may be able to reserve tickets for that day over the phone.

The attraction is a private collection of follies where you can expect to be surprised. Although we were given a map it wasn’t a map to follow more a map of everything you can find. They currently have a one-way system in key areas but that should help with finding your way around.

The Forbidden Corner Review Guide

Things To Do At The Forbidden Corner

One thing to note was that when we visited it rained a lot and it still didn’t spoil our enjoyment. It is a really unique day out with tunnels, follies and chambers. Walking around we could always hear people laughing, squealing and screaming. The real trick is remembering where you have and haven’t been as you wouldn’t want to miss anything.

Sensible shoes and warm clothing are a must. We found it to be quite muddy in places, you may also want to take a change of clothes for little ones as there is the possibility that they could get wet. It takes an average of around 2 hours to explore everything and including lunch we were there for around three and a half hours.

Had the weather been a bit better I think we would have spent even longer there as he didn’t even get to play on their fab new wooden adventure playground. The site is not accessible for wheelchairs or buggies so it is recommended to take younger children in a sling or carrier. Although I would wait until your kids are at least 4 years old before taking them.

One of our favourite things to see is the tower near the start of the trail. If you stand and watch you will see its eyes open and closing. If you date to enter you can expect to be burped at rather loudly. Inside you feel like you are moving along the inside of its body and you exit via the tail of a dragon.

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Through a Roman door and off to the right there is a circular walk of follies. This is also where the play area is. We were sprayed with water by a few things along the way and you then enter the witches’ house. This is quite dark and could be scary for younger children (this isn’t the really scary bit though). There’s a magical golden eagle in there and once outside you will find some nice gardens with an ornamental fountain.

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The REALLY scary bit is the Armstrong Mausoleum. If your kids scare easily you can totally avoid going in here. There are signs outside warning you that it’s going to be scary. Inside there is an incredibly dark tunnel with scary noises, skeletons, crypts and more. My 6 year old held my hand all the way around but he wanted to go straight back in afterwards. There are no photos from inside as it was far too dark.

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The Tower has a clever optical illusion and stairs to all sorts of different places. We missed out on the stepping stones after witnessing some people getting soaked. Although the water in this area has been turned off for now while the one way systems are in place.

In the end, we came across a labyrinth of tunnels but I couldn’t tell you how we found them. Inside there are rooms with multiple doors to choose from. Some go places, others have skeletons behind. It was great fun in here and we tried our best not to miss anything out. My son loved the underground world of mice (beware of the cat at the end). There is so much that I haven’t even mentioned in this review and I hope you will have fun finding them.

The Forbidden Corner Review Guide
The Forbidden Corner Review Guide

The Forbidden Corner FAQ & Further Information

Address: Middleham, Leyburn DL8 4TJ, North Yorkshire

Category – Follies – Indoors and Outdoors – Suitable for all ages, although more suited to children from 4+

What are the ticket prices?

An adult ticket costs £13.50, children £11.50. A family ticket is £48.

What are the main facilities and things to do?

An amazing collection of follies which will amaze, delight and maybe even scare you, there is an adventure playground plus toilets and a cafe.

When are they open?

The Forbidden Corner is open from early April until early November with some limited opening on the run-up to Christmas. For up to date opening times and dates please follow this link.

Is there food available?

There is a cafe serving hot and cold food and drinks.

Is there parking?

There is a free on-site car park.

Are they dog friendly?

Only assistance dogs are permitted.

Are they accessible?

The Forbidden Corner
The Forbidden Corner Review Guide
The Forbidden Corner Review Guide

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