The Forbidden Corner, appropriately dubbed “The Strangest Place in the World”, is located near the Mid-Wensleydale market town of Leyburn in North Yorkshire. Situated in a 4-acre garden in the center of Tupgill Park in the scenic Yorkshire Dales, the Forbidden Corner, as stated on its website, is “a unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, follies, and surprises”. Although small in comparison to some of England’s other popular attractions, the Forbidden Corner has recently been voted number one family day out by Little Chef’s travel guide, surpassing destinations such as Alton Towers, Legoland Windsor, and the London Zoo.
Forbidden Corner History
According to the Forbidden Corner website, the attraction was originally built as a private folly by Colin Armstrong and architect Malcolm Tempest. However, due to interest and demand, the attraction was eventually opened to the public.
Forbidden Corner Highlights
Suitable for children of all ages as well as adults, the Forbidden Corner features surprises at every turn. Paths leading to nowhere, underground caves, secret doors, whimsical statues and more will keep visitors entertained and delightfully confused for hours. Guests are provided with a checklist upon entering, and the fun lies in attempting to spot all of the Forbidden Corner’s strange and mysterious sites.
Forbidden Corner Admission and Hours of Operation
Admission to the Forbidden Corner is by pre-booked tickets only, and visitors can either book tickets on-line or by telephone. In addition, tickets can be purchased through the Leyburn Tourist Information Centre. However, as mentioned on the Forbidden Corner website, it is important to note that the tourist office sells a limited number of tickets on a first-come, first-served basis. Also, it is suggested that visitors check the Forbidden Corner website for a list of admission prices, group rates, and special offers, as these are subject to change.
During the months of April through October, the Forbidden Corner is open from 12 noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays and bank holidays. From October through Christmas, the Forbidden Corner is open on Sundays only.
Forbidden Corner Dining and Shopping
The Corner Cafe at the Forbidden Corner offers an extensive menu, including both hot and cold options. Pannini sandwiches, Yorkshire pies, pizza, and jacket potatoes are on the menu, as well as a selection of teas, coffees, and other beverages. As an added bonus, the majority of food and beverages offered at the Corner Cafe are reasonably priced.
Picnic areas are also available on the Forbidden Corner grounds.
The Forbidden Corner Gift Shop sells an array of both traditional, and in the spirit of the Forbidden Corner, unusual gifts, as well as various types of souvenirs.
While visiting the Forbidden Corner, guests are also invited to enjoy Tupgill Park, which features a Deer Park, an Herb Garden, and a Fish Temple. Self-catering accommodation is also available in Tupgill Park for those who wish to extend their visit.
Getting to the Forbidden Corner
To reach the Forbidden Corner, exit the A1 at Scotch Corner, follow the road signs for Middleham, and travel along Coverdale Road. After passing Coverham Church, turn right and enter through the Tupgill Park gates. The entrance to the Forbidden Corner is located under the Clock Tower.
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