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Travel || Forbidden Corner

The Forbidden Corner is a place that I’ve been bothering Sam about planning a visit to for about 6 years now. I first heard about it from my first London flatmate who was originally from Newcastle and it was one of her favourite childhood memories. About a year after that I saw it on an ancient episode of “Don’t tell The Bride”. That sold it for me. I needed to go. The problem is that it’s located in an isolated place so it never would have been do-able as a day trip up from London. But now that we live up North and Sam’s a driver it was finally within our grasp! (I mentioned it last week in my post about Masham.) 

But what is The Forbidden Corner, you’re probably all thinking?! Well. It’s a folly garden (once private, now public) located in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Unlike most follies, this one is a fairly new build. Instead of being Victorian, it was built in 1980. However, it’s one of the largest in the world. Its walled gardens take up 6km of space. 

It’s laid out like a maze and maze like it is. You’re given a map of things to find but no instructions on how to find them. It took Sam and I about 3 hours to complete. The garden features statues, towers, an underground maze, a labyrinth (with revolving floor), a 12 feet tall conifer dog’s head, a 20 feet tall oak green man, and water traps, as well as grottos. At some points in time you’ll get sprayed with water if you step on the wrong side of the pavement and solving the maze involved crawling around on all fours and going through the throat of a giant. (I’m not joking.) And I was genuinely scared going through the “Armstrong Family Mausoleum” – in fact, I’d give that part a miss if you have kids. 

It’s listed as the best children’s attraction in Yorkshire, but I can assure you that it’s a hilarious day out for adults too. Was it worth the 6 year wait? You betcha! It’s almost impossible to describe what The Forbidden Corner is because it’s so mad and eccentric! 

Tickets are Β£12 for adults, and you must book in advance. The Forbidden Corner is located at Tupgill Park Estate, Coverham, Middleham, Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 4TJ . The nearest train stations are Northallerton and Darlington. 

Have you visited The Forbidden Corner before? 

This post is in no way sponsored, I was just super excited to visit!

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  • such a cool place! I’d love to explore it too:)

  • Ha! This places looks all kinds of fun!


  • Laura Torninoja

    That looks like SO much fun! I’ve never heard of it before but it’s now definitely going on my list – I love letting my inner kid out every once in a while! x

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

    • It was only really because my old housemate loved it that I learned of it’s existence! Your inner kid will have the best time there! x

  • Oh. My. Goodness.

  • This looks so fun! I would definitely want to visit, too πŸ™‚

  • This place looks amazing. How did I not know about this? Adding it to the very long list of places we need to visit in the UK!

  • How amazing!! Need to visit now..
    Sophie |

  • DUDE. What’s in the mausoleum? You can’t leave me hanging like this!

    • Hahaha just fake rotting corpses, etc! There’s also a wine cellar that you can rent out for private parties. Idea for if you and Mark ever do a vow renewal? x

  • We went here with our niece a few years ago now, it’s so cool! In that really old school kind of way haha

    • Hahaha totally. It reminded me of a weird American small-town attraction. Cheesy but lots of fun if you throw yourself into it. xx

  • ninegrandstudent

    Oh, this place has been on my to-do list for SO long! My aunt lived in Masham when I was a child and I was always gutted we never visited!

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Lifestyle Blog

    • Masham is so gorgeous! It would have been amazing as a child, but even as an adult, it’s quite fun! x

  • Never heard of this place before but hell it looks like a bloody nice place to visit

  • omg this is so cool!! It’s on my list!

  • As I said on Facebook, I went here when I was about 14 and LOOOVED it! I could have sworn it closed down a few years later though – it was on the news. Something with health and safety. Now I feel like I imagined it!
    Oh, and I definitely don’t remember having to go into a giant’s mouth – that just looks creepy!

    • It was due to be closed in 2000 because they never had planning permission for it, so they applied for retroactive permission but it was denied (The Yorkshire Dales Park was worried about environmental concerns of having so much traffic in the area). But a petition kept it open! Though there is a cap on the number of people who can visit to mitigate the environmental concerns – so you didn’t imagine at all! x

  • Hahaha this sounds hilarious and very bizarre! I love visiting things aimed at kids – they’re usually so much fun for adults too! Petting zoos, adventure parks, science museums…!! Alice xxx

    • Adventures parks are literally still one of my favourite things in the entire world πŸ˜‰ x

  • Not a problem! How long are you going to be in London for? I bet you’ll have the best time! x

    • I love that time of the autumn in London! That’s the season when I first moved to London so warms days in London whilst the leaves are changing colours with a bit of crisp coldness on the air always takes me back to those giddy early expat days! x

  • Sarah

    What a bizarre but beautiful place πŸ™‚ what exactly is that last picture of?? Is it suppose to be a uvula? Great pictures πŸ™‚

    • Haha it totally is – you do this crazy journey through a giant’s body. (I’m honestly not kidding) xx

  • I have never been in there, but I would love to visit! Looks amazing!

    Heidi πŸ“ | Heidi’s Planner | Instagram