About The Forbidden Corner
North Yorkshire is jam-packed with great things to do for family days out. But if you’re looking for something completely out of the ordinary, guaranteed to be remembered by the whole family for years to come, take a trip to The Forbidden Corner.
This bizarre and quirky attraction is situated within the beautiful Tupgill Park, on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Within easy reach of Leeds, York and even Middlesbrough, The Forbidden Corner is a great option for something a little different, with loads more to do locally too.
Since its opening in 1994, The Forbidden Corner, covering four acres, has become a firm family favourite among visitors, who frequently return time and again and always discover something different on each visit.
Adventurous youngsters will love the wild and wacky array of tunnels, chambers, follies and mazes to explore, plus the crazy paths that lead to nowhere, with decisions to make and sneaky tricks to avoid. There’s a good chance a lot of parents have been out-foxed by the wily Forbidden Corner too!
See if the kids can spot the weird and funky statues and sculptures hidden around the gardens, with things like the temple of the underworld, a huge translucent glass pyramid and the eye of the needle to find. Not only are these great features to hunt down, but it makes for a great range of fun photo opportunities with the kids.
There are sculptures like the wooden bears playing cards, wild boars and giants, plus the hidden statue of the horse, pleasant water features and even a serene herb garden (complete with huge frog mosaics, naturally…).
If you feel like either your legs or brain have been a bit frazzled by all the odd goings-on at The Forbidden Corner, there’s also the chance to put your feet up for a few minutes and grab a bite to eat in the Corner Café. They sell a range of all-day breakfast options, plus light bites, paninis and sandwiches, as well as hot meals, including famous local Yorkshire pies. The Saddle Room Restaurant also offers a range of dining options.
And of course, no family days out are complete without a trip to the gift shop and The Forbidden Corner doesn’t disappoint. The shop has plenty of goodies to help remember your other-worldly day out, with tea towels, mugs and local produce to choose from, among other things.
Tickets need to be pre-booked online and cost £13 for adults, £11 for children up to 15 (under 4s go free), or £46 for a family ticket covering two adults and two children.
Once you’ve had your fill of The Forbidden Corner, there are plenty of other things to do nearby too. Middleham Castle, Farm Adventure Yorkshire, West Burton Falls, Aysgarth Falls, Swinton Park Birds of Prey and Bolton Castle are all within 10 miles.