The Forbidden Corner
The Forbidden Corner
4.5
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Monday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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  • Donna G
    Wakefield, United Kingdom9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Place for the kids
    what a beautiful place, clean lots of areas to keep our 8 year olds entertained! and at the end a lovely ice-cream and coffee shop and park. we spent the afternoon there and we didn't even see it all.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 June 2023
  • Jessica H
    Barnsley, United Kingdom6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely, definitely go here!
    We have been here twice as a family of five and I really think this is a hidden gem! The layout and scenery is absolutely amazing, especially for nature lovers, and it's great for people of all ages. There's so many hidden things to discover, routes to take and things to do. We didn't know until the second time we went that there was a large playground area for the kids! You may get wet, and there's a couple of really spooky areas, but I would highly recommend going here if you're looking for somewhere a little different. The gift shop sells really unique things for a reasonable price, so I would definitely recommend going there too. The ticket price is very cheap, in my opinion - I think for us five it cost £50.00 which to me is hardly anything to make sure everybody is entertained for a few hours.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 1 July 2023
  • Belinda C
    Camberley, United Kingdom43 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic day out!!
    The husband and I were stuck for something to do whilst on our stay in Harrogate, and this was recommended by a friend, thought it might be a bit overpriced for what it was, wow, HOW WRONG WERE WE? We had the best day out, so much fun! We got lost so many times (it is a labyrinth) and we spent most of the day there as we were just enjoying ourselves so much! ( I will say there are certain parts that were a bit scary, but that because I'm a woss!) But honestly, the best day!! The views were beautiful! Fabulous day out! Would recommended to anyone!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 July 2023
  • Sarah B
    Staffordshire, United Kingdom58 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good fun, especially for your inner child!
    This place is so much fun! From the water traps to the audio segments and the gentleman dresses as a wizard, Forbidden Corner is a maze of hilarious twists and turns. There is also a great deal of adult humour if one knows how to look for it (for example, the video in the chapel). Overall a highly enjoyable day. The staff are really friendly, the gift shop is very much for all ages and the cafe was surprisingly well priced. My friend and I came here as two fully grown adults without children because we love doing crazy, silly stuff like this and really enjoyed it.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 25 July 2023
  • Vicki_EWood
    Manchester, United Kingdom34 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Day
    I treated the Family to a day out and not had so much fun for ages. One moment we were underground the next on the top of a Castle! Just watch out for the massive cat. Fabulous views and wonderful gardens. Enjoyed every moment, next time I’m going without the kids 😂
    The cat is coming it's near its near !!! Grand job thanks for the review The fc team
    Written 3 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 August 2023
  • Nicola
    Bradford, United Kingdom188 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    WOW
    WOW This place has been on my to do list for years but never got round to it , so glad I made the effort this week ! We booked a 2:30 slot , easy parking , lovely quirky toilets when you get there ( it’s a must as a mum of two 🤣 ) I can’t rate this place high enough it’s just so well maintained and fun . The tunnels are fantastic, so detailed . The cat gave me the fright of my life 🤣🤣 I loved the mausoleum so creepy but not too scary for the little ones , the water effects , the lights , the audio etc everything was spot on We bought an ice cream which was only £1.80 and delicious ( bargain in this day ) We would have got food there as it looked lush but we had already eaten . The steppings stones were great fun The family ticket was an absolute bargain for what they have on offer there . My 6 year old can’t stop talking about the place and she wants to go back which we definitely will be If I could have given 10 stars I would have ! Do not miss out on this wonderful gem !
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 August 2023
  • KittyBelmont
    Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom199 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit……not for the faint hearted!
    The Forbidden Corner was not what I had envisioned. I didn’t really know what to expect and thought it might be a lot of outdoor follies, however there were many indoor passages and lots and lots of stairs. We were a party of four adults and we enjoyed our time there, however I would say it is not for the faint hearted or physically challenged. We were booked in for 3:00pm, along with lots of others and the place was already full of people who had arrived earlier that afternoon. Getting up and down narrow stairways and through narrow dimly lit passages was quite challenging. I did feel for parents carrying children and some older adults who were struggling. We backed out of one set of passages as there appeared to be dozens coming towards us, all squeezing to pass. Don’t even attempt it if you’re claustrophobic! Having said that, we enjoyed the challenges and unusual sights and had lots of laughs (some with relief!). We got lost and disorientated quite a bit! Much of it will be scary for young children, although there is a lovely play park for them. We got around most of it in 1.45 hours, and I feel the entry price could be lower. I certainly wouldn’t pay that to return, having experienced it once. The cafe was very nice and reasonably priced.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 August 2023
  • Rachael B
    Exeter, United Kingdom32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The best place to visit in the Yorkshire Dales
    One of our favourite places in the whole country to visit. It’s brilliant and mind boggling all at once. The best day out by far in the Yorkshire Dales. We took our small children this time, however, I would suggest you don’t bother with a pram as there are lots of underground steps and narrow passages that you will miss out on if you take one. Our littlest is big enough to walk and managed the whole thing on reins but in the past we have visited with a front carrier when the littles were very little. There’s so many things to see here and so many different ways to explore. Picnic areas are plentiful and well planned. Numbers are restricted and online booking is the only way to get your tickets but this makes the experience even better as it never feels crowded. You can eat in the cafe or grab drinks and snacks from the kiosks on the way round. Toilets and baby changing are very good (if not a little confusing at first- if you know you know). A lovely wooden play area is at the end of the kids and reasonably priced gift shop. There is also accommodation you can book (have stayed here years ago and they are beautiful but very popular so often booked up). I honestly can’t say enough about this wonderful place!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 August 2023
  • Iifelove11
    Fulford, United Kingdom87 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A bucket list activity to do
    I love this place. You scream, laugh, jump, get scared , get wet, but its just great fun! It appeals to any age, but small children may be a bit scared at some parts of it. I have visited around 5 times now over the years but have seen and experienced something new every time i have been . It is like a giant maze of activities. We had lots if belly laughs. I will nit say much about this place as you all need to visit and experience it. I can imagine it would be really difficult with any mobility issues and with pushchairs but that cant be improved due to the nature of the attraction. You need to book in advance and would suggest the earlier 12 o’clock ones as it is quieter. Just go and enjoy.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 August 2023
  • LondonLover99
    Essex, United Kingdom229 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic!
    Brilliant fun! My daughter (8) lived running around the place so much we did the whole lot twice! Saw some kids soaked from the water bits, mine was more careful but bear in mind you might want dry clothes in the car. Cafe was a bit disappointing; all pre-made etc. Only found out later that the ice cream shop also sold bacon rolls in a morning - the cafe doesn’t! Really good for 2/3 hours with young kids, highly recommend
    Hi Great advice for other travelers to our tourist attraction. We have many quality food offerings and get good reviews on this and we also try to split the catering between different sectors so as not to overwhelm the main cafe.... and each caters for different food types.Apologies if you missed all the signage The main Cafe does have a " Grab and go section" serving locally sourced products our own made salads and delicious homemade soup ( unlike some other attractions) this was put in to satisfy people in a rush and not wanting to wait for food..... *POINT OF ORDER* we DO have over 18 items that we cook fresh in the kitchen at the main cafe and serve to you at the table as per our menu boards and have everything from Jacket potatoes to giant Yorkshire puddings with veg and roast potatoes and proper gravy... Many thanks FC Team
    Written 30 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 August 2023
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1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
I love this place probably one of my favourite places been twice as kids but wanted to go again after years just to see if it’s changed still just as entertaining as before mum and dad also loved it too! But the entertainment didn’t top there the replies to the silly reviews on this website also cracked us up!
Written 17 May 2024
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pete s
Blackpool, UK66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Visited this place not expecting much, but once there it was well worth the visit. We enjoyed it as adults but it must be amazing if you’re a kid, highly recommend a visit for a fun experience!
Written 15 May 2024
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harry55641
Ormskirk, UK76 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
I was disappointed, I had heard it was worth visiting but after seeing the place for myself I wouldn’t really recommend it.
Written 10 May 2024
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davidpye1962
Scarborough, UK26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Well worth a visit. The gardens do not look that big at first sight but so many different experiences to be had it takes a while to do it all justice. Views from "castle" parts of the walls outstanding too. The café was worth a visit for lunch and the service was good also. Recommend a visit for couples or families.
Written 6 May 2024
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Jackie P
Scarborough, England, United Kingdom113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This has been on my "to do" list for ages and it didnt disappoint. I am in my 60s and had an absolutely fabulous time. Hubby and I should have paid more attention to the map as we completely missed the underground bit so a return visit will be made! The views are absolutely amazing from the turret/walkway and every turn had a surprise. The cafe did a good burger too. Well done.
Written 3 May 2024
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liz
Haddington, UK7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Simply amazing!! It was exactly as it said it was, the strangest place in the world! An amazing eclectic collection of garden sculptures but the fun really begins when you go through the doors that lead to many different, wondrous spaces. My breath was taken away on several occasions. The mind of its creator is genius!!! My husband and I sent in with a world on our shoulders and came out lighter than we had felt in years. My inner child was reawakened and I remembered how to laugh and have fun again!
Written 23 April 2024
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Missing_1ink
Harrogate, UK156 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Great day out for adults and kids (5Y & 3Y), good food at reasonable prices too. Will go again. Loads to explore especially in the castle area.
Written 18 April 2024
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Emily G
Sheffield, UK184 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
My friend and I, who are both 30 and no children had a great time here. We booked a 12 noon slot on a Saturday. I'd been here before about 20 years ago and it's safe to say it's not changed a lot during that time but they have made some good additions such as extra loos and plenty of snack stops. I thoroughly enjoyed watching people walk into the fake medieval - style privy by accident that are adjacent to the actual toilets.

Essentially, you have to wander around ticking everything off the list. This means going through every door you find otherwise you will miss stuff (even if it does mean going round in circles a bit).
If you have young children, I'd avoid the mausoleum and cat/mouse area as they are dark and narrow, young kids would probably find it quite scary. Same if you have a nervous disposition or claustrophobia, this place is not for you as there are jump scares/hidden water shooters and a tight space you can squeeze through though I do believe there's an exit if you don't want to do it.

There are a few adult jokes as you're going round (mainly on the headstones in the cemetery which are written in Yorkshire slang) - nothing explicit and in my opinion stuff that would go over a child's head.

We stopped by the cafe at the end which was nice and surprisingly not rammed, coffee was nice and it was quite refreshing in this day and age to get a coffee and cake for less than £5. We spent about 3 1/2 hours in total which included the cafe stop and getting lost in parts.

Overall I'd recommend to any lovers of Labyrinth/ Alice in Wonderland fans as this place will appeal and has that air of mystery to it. My friend and I had a laugh exploring and would come again.
Written 14 April 2024
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Lisa_Reviewer1
Essex, UK47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Fabulous place, so much to explore and every corner had a surprise round it! There are some narrow passageways and dark bits so maybe not for the easily frightened! We loved it.
Written 11 April 2024
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Alexandra P
Birmingham, UK6 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Fully expecting a passive-aggressive response to this review, as so many other reviewers have received.....

This is a whimsical, slightly mad labyrinth of indoor and outdoor features. There is a lot that is good - at first it seems very small but then you realise there are towers and underground tunnels to explore, containing different statues, characters, water features etc. Our children found all this very exciting and we did a lot of exercise without really noticing as they tried to tick off all the listed features. There are some fantastic views over the Yorkshire Dales.

The thing that lets it down, is a slight obsession with nudity and sexual references. Yes, the odd nude statue is to be expected, but there are many (both male and female). One of the female statues has her nipples painted an unnatural bright red and children have to tick off a butterfly tattoo on her buttock. There are little boy fountains which shoot water at you from their penises. There is a video in the chapel which references Viagra, many plaques stating that "this erection was completed.....", a gravestone about someone who "interfered with the fairies", etc.

I'm sure the passive-aggressive reply to this review will accuse me of being a prude, but I think there are too many references like this for a place which has many young children visiting. It felt like someone wants to shoe-horn in as many as they can. The worst was a misogynistic gravestone with a cartoonish image of a woman with large breasts and the following poem: "A canny lass on any day, shame she had to pass away. Erected by the lads of Coverdale." See attached picture.

Without these images, I would happily recommend the Forbidden Corner as a fun, active, family-friendly day out for all ages. Is it stands, I probably wouldn't visit again.
Written 8 April 2024
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Dear tiny little cabbage Many thanks. Your comments have been noted. And we are pleased you enjoyed some of your experience. And yes, during school holidays we are very busy. However, we are restricted by planning on numbers and try our Best to use the slots that we are allowed. Unfortunately being rural some people will arrive late especially at peak times and this has a knock-on effect. Kind regards,
Written 11 April 2024
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