Explore hidden history

Escape the tunnels

See things in a different light

Explore our fine city

The Shoebox Experiences delivers exciting, unique experiences where customers can make great memories together.

If you’re looking for a fun challenge why not try our thrilling Secrets of the Tunnels escape game or for intrepid explorers who are curious about Norwich’s rich history and the legends of secret tunnels, underground prison cells and more our Hidden Street Tour is sure to not disappoint! If the great outdoors is your thing, then join us for a walking tour and take in the sights of Norwich as we explore more of the history of our fine city.

Proceeds support The Shoebox Enterprises CIC’s community work to help people to connect with each other and opportunities to find fulfilment. 

Discover a part of Norwich that is seldom seen with a fascinating tour of the historic hidden street and undercroft beneath The Shoebox Community Hub. (Closing April 2024)

See our ‘hidden street’ in a new light! Discover what lies beneath and immerse yourself in grisly tales from Norwich’s darker past.

Back for autumn and winter!


Experience the magic of Christmas with this festive walking tour! From Roman times to the present day, discover quirky traditions and how we celebrated throughout the ages…



Our brand new Matriarchs, Mayors and Merchants Tour is packed with stories of prominent figures and industries that put Norwich on the map.


Join us on The Norwich Knowledge Tour! This 90 minute walking tour is the best way to experience the sights and streets of our fine city.

Join us on a spectacular 1 hour tour of one of Norwich’s architectural hidden gems and savour the splendour of Surrey House.

The TIPSY Tavern Trail Tour is a brand new, extended version of our popular Tavern Trail Tour – now with an added hour of adventure and four drinks along the way!

Join us on a fascinating walking tour of Norwich to discover more about pubs and the past, led by a local storyteller, history enthusiast and performer.

Dig up Norwich’s subterranean history and legends in our thrilling underground escape game! (Closing February 2024)

Invest in your staff’s wellbeing and the creation of strong relationships with a bespoke team development package at The Shoebox.

A brilliant introduction to a 1,000 years of history – whether you are a visitor or a local, you’ll be sure to discover something you didn’t know about our fine city.

Returning Spring 2024

“I enjoyed the whole experience, when the guide explained how the street would be so busy with pigs and sheep, people etc. I could feel the atmosphere and hear the sounds in my mind, yes I do have a good imagination but her description helped, well worth the money.”

People stories provide the history, social history of the streets was fascinating and I learned a lot about people ( some of whom made a huge difference to the city) that I hadn’t heard of before”

“This was great! Excellent guide- funny and informative. Loads of anecdotes about Norwich people and places. Was great to see a part of the city that is hidden away.”

“My wife and I did the hidden street tour during the week on a rainy day. Really good tour guide who was full of really interesting facts…….. lived in Norwich for such a long time and never knew these streets existed, so it was really interesting to hear about the history of that street and the surrounding area……Good job!”

“Secrets of the Tunnels escape game – we went as a party of 8 and played this game. It was great fun and interesting, we all enjoyed it and each played a part. It was not too difficult and led us through each clue one by one. The staff are brilliant. Very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. We even got a free 30 seconds history lesson too 😄

The location makes it special and more interesting than just doing an escape room. Loved it.”

“What an amazing experience! Lived in Norwich all my life & never knew about the Castle Ditches!! We had a great guide who told us some amazing facts and also great stories!! Very atmospheric & helped bring local history alive!”

“We were looking for something less mainstream to do on a day trip to Norwich. Having searched ‘unusual Norwich’, we found this experience & it didn’t disappoint. It was a compact, unhurried visit to a little visited corner of Norwich. With the added bonus that it is keeping alive the history if the property & the entry fee is used to support Community work for those in the local area.”

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