The Forbidden Corner runs with the tagline "The Strangest Place in the World" - an unusual selling point, but one that lives up to expectations. Originally built in 1979 as a private folly, the idea for this curious adventure playground came to fruition ten years later, officially opening to the public in 1994. Situated in Leyburn, North Yorkshire, it's not the easiest place to get to and is pretty much isolated within the Tupgill Park Estate, but the location actually works wonders for its weirdness. Upon entering through the (very literal) Face Tower, be prepared to adventure through labyrinthine tunnels leading to nowhere, follies decorated with offbeat statues and the slightly unnerving subterranean Temple of the Underworld, somewhat reminiscent of Dante's Inferno. With it's peculiar, mystical charm and the thrill of constant surprise, it's a little capricious microcosm in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales.
Tupgill Park Estate, Leyburn, North Yorkshire | March-October | Mon-Sat 12:00-18:00 | Sundays and Bank Holidays 10:00-18:00 | Adults £11.50, Children aged 4-15 £9.50 | www.theforbiddencorner.co.uk |