Now I’m 26, older and more sophisticated, for my birthday I wanted to go out for a lavish meal and sip on champagne.
Who am I kidding? All I wanted to do was visit a maze I went to as a kid.
Located in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, The Forbidden Corner was originally built to entertain children at dinner parties but due to popular demand, the maze of strange things ended up being opened up to the public with massive success.
I went as a child and always had fond memories of it. As we pulled up, five fully grown adults, I started to worry about my decision as the car park was full of young families. I needn’t have worried though, it is incredible day out and I would highly recommend a visit whatever your age and no matter whether you have children or not.
Full of the weird and quirky, twists and turns, mazes and doorways, you can spend hours upon hours exploring the Forbidden Corner. Things get strange but it is so much fun.
You enter the park by walking into a dragons mouth and out of a bumhole, very pleasant. Along the way, you will meet a variety of curiosities which don’t fail to capture your attention and sometimes disbelief.
There are things that will make you jump like random water being squirted at you or in Ash’s case, something burping at you.
There are rooms with multiple doorways, doorways you can’t get back through and doorways that shrink.
There are places you think are genius and places you just think ‘what the actual fuck?!’
There are dead ends, there are trick gates and there are places to get lost.
There are things to amuse 5 year olds and things to amuse 50 year olds.
There are outdoor adventures and indoor explorations.
Above all, there is so much to see and so much to keep you entertained that you won’t be bored whilst you’re there.
My favourite part was the Armstrong Mausoleum which advises you to abandon all hope upon entry. It was a little bit creepy but super cool.
If you fancy a break in the middle of the day, once you eventually find the exit, you can head to a picnic area across the street. Carved bears play cards in the woods and adorable ducklings swim on the pond.
Not only is The Forbidden Corner full of crazy things, it also had beautiful gardens and incredible views. Butterflies populate the area and roses make the air smell gorgeous.
This place is an incredible mix of the weird and wonderful placed amongst stunning nature.
I had an incredible birthday with my family and I would highly recommend a visit to The Forbidden Corner to anyone and everyone. You might get wet, you might be amazed, you might be shocked, you might be confused but no matter how your day goes, you will have a brilliant time.
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