Forbidden Corner

Yorkshire Dales National Park

There can surely be no other place like this in the world: a modern walled garden furnished with Victorian-style follies, some veering into gothic horror, others merely surreal fantasy. There's no map, so it's a case of diving in to explore the many tunnels, twisted turns and dead-ends – an experience that may make you feel like you've fallen into David Bowie's Labyrinth. Small children are guaranteed to feel scared witless at some turns; adults may leave feeling a little rattled, too. Tickets must be pre-booked.

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Nearby Yorkshire Dales National Park attractions

1. Jervaulx Abbey

4.64 MILES

There are many abbey ruins down leafy country lanes in Yorkshire, but Jervaulx has an unusual claim to fame as the birthplace of Wensleydale cheese. It…

2. Richmond Castle

8.73 MILES

The impressive heap that is Richmond Castle, founded in 1070, has had many uses through the years, including a stint as a prison for conscientious…

3. Green Howards Museum

8.81 MILES

Military buffs will enjoy the three floors of this museum, which pays tribute to Richmond's famous Yorkshire infantry regiment, formed in 1688. The medal…

4. Georgian Theatre Royal

8.85 MILES

Built in 1788, this is the most complete Georgian playhouse in Britain. It closed in 1848 and was used as an auction house into the early 20th century,…

5. Richmondshire Museum

8.89 MILES

The Richmondshire Museum feels a bit worn, but it's crammed with local history exhibits including Stone Age artefacts and displays about lead mining,…

6. Black Sheep Brewery

8.97 MILES

Founded in 1992 by the 'black sheep' of the Theakston family, who refused to work for the multinational company that took over Yorkshire's highly regarded…

7. Theakston's Brewery

9.03 MILES

Founded in 1827, and still run by the Theakston family (despite a spell in the ownership of global brewer Scottish & Newcastle), Theakston's has long been…

8. Dales Countryside Museum

14.01 MILES

Sharing a building with the national park centre, the Dales Countryside Museum is a beautifully presented social history of the area that explains the…