Days out in Yorkshire: The Forbidden Corner

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HIDDEN away in the heart of the picturesque Yorkshire Dales lies one of the county’s best kept secrets.

With its weird and wonderful collection of labyrinths, tunnels, underground caverns and caves, The Forbidden Corner claims to be ‘the strangest place in the world’ – and it just might be right.

Set in the middle of a four-acre garden, which has been transformed into a fantasy land filled with visions, illusions and puzzles, the attraction was originally built as a private folly.

However due to public demand, it was subsequently opened to the public and has since gone on to welcome thousands of visitors and win countless awards, including last year’s White Rose Award for best large visitor attraction.

After entering the attraction through a giant, gaping stone mouth, which belches as you wander through and provides the first of many laughs, you are plunged into a labyrinth of pathways, towers, winding staircases and underground lairs.

From classical statues and beautiful fountains, to horses’ heads and bears playing poker, there’s something different around every corner – and lots of areas to get completely lost in.

There’s also a walled garden, woodland walk, hedge maze and a terrace, where you’ll find spectacular views across Coverdale.

After working up an appetite, try refuelling at the Corner Café with award-winning pies and cakes, freshly made sandwiches, soups and coffees.

Or, if you’re after something a little more extravagant, head next door to The Saddle Room, where you’ll find sumptuous food and handpicked wine in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere.


Prices: Adults £11.50, children aged four to 15 £9.50, children under four go free. Admission by pre-booked tickets only. or call 01969 640638.

Address: Tupgill Park Estate, Coverham, Middleham, North North Yorkshire, DL8 4TJ

Car parking: Local

Tel: 01969 640638