On my first trip to the Dales in 2000, I took my 10-year old son to the Forbidden Corner and he loved it - never forgot it! When we returned to vacation in the Dales last week, that now 22-year old "kid" couldn't wait to go back and show his girlfriend one of his childhood favorites! It's changed a lot - they've added more follies and enlarged the giftshop and added a large restaurant - but it didn't detract from the over-all fun. Even old fogies like me and my husband enjoyed our wander - getting lost, trying to out-wit the water traps, and taking in the lovely views offered at various points.
Listen, if you don't like mazes and creative follies, don't go. It's that simple. Yes, there are lots and lots of children - they are noisy and they are sometimes not the most considerate little beings, especially when they're on "missions" to find clues to the way out - but this is clearly a venue geared toward kids, so you need to expect noisy, excited children. The Dales doesn't offer a tremendous amount of child-geared amusements so this is a great little place for them to run around - especially if they're on holiday and have been dragged from This Castle to That Abbey.
The food is NOT 5-star..it's your basic burger-and-fries, sandwiches, smoothies. If this doesn't suit you, pack a lunch and eat in the beautiful park!
The folly is very well-maintained and clean, but expect to get wet, and a little dirty!
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