The Forbidden Corner, Middleham

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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  • This place is amazing! Whoever thought of it has a brilliant, creative imagination. It's just like being in the movie 'The Labyrinth'. Its a maze of story's and puzzles.. quite scary in parts, but fun...  more »
  • Been wanting to go here for ages and it certainly didn't disappoint. It's really hard to describe other than to say it's like a cross but if Tim Burton did a maze this would be it. Every twist and tur...  more »
  • The most random place I have ever visited, eccentric but completely charming and engaging. A random arrangement of the most fantastical connection of rooms to form a giant maze. Well worth a family day out. Just stick together else it could be some time before you meet back up :)
  • A decent day out with the kids. The trail is very we m set with lots of things to look out for. But I think it could be a bit more detailed and imaginative. It's not a waste of time, but have been to more well planned venues which I would prefer over the forbidden corner.
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