800 reviews between Nov 29, 2019 and Oct 11, 2023.
Explore the hidden history of Norwich and uncover its medieval secrets with engaging and knowledgeable tour guides. From forgotten tunnels to old shop fronts, this tour offers a fascinating glimpse into the city's past. Discover the stories and facts that bring Norwich to life and leave with a new appreciation for its rich history.The Shoebox Experiences
800 reviews between Nov 29, 2019 and Oct 11, 2023.
A fabulous hour spent with Max who guided us through the hidden streets and provided a most enjoyable and fact filled commentary for us. I'm Norwich born and bred and didn't know the full story of these so this was a real treat to discover more about my home city. I had two American friends with me who both found the tour with Max to be excellent and loved the stories and facts he gave us. Would definitely recommend this to both tourists and locals who want to discover more about Norwich and its history.
A very interesting look at a hidden bit of Norwich history. Our guide Francis was very good and presented it very well
A wonderfully knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide brought this tiny hidden street to life in a most entertaining manner. A fascinating bit of history.
We did the Tavern Trail on Saturday morning. It was great! Hollie and Ollie were very knowledgeable and they made it fun. Will definitely book up another tour.
Very interesting tour and the guide Max was knowledgeable and kept my Granddaughter and I totally enthralled. Fantastic experience.
Very informative guide and a bit like Horrible Histories lots of juicy stories. and gossipy titbits.
Fantastic history lesson. Max made it fun to learn and hear about some of the history of Norwich. Well worth a visit.
This was brilliant - really love the tour and info and of course wonderful Norwich. Holly was more than brilliant. I will remember the stories on the Norwich Knowledge tour for ever !
What great insight into the old town of Norwich and it’s history, Thank you Max it was so informative and something we would never have known.
We really enjoyed the tour and listening to the very knowledgeable tour guide about the history of Norwich, of which we found very interesting. We have been meaning to do this underground tour for a long time, and we were not disappointed.
Really interesting tour. The tour guide Lisa really knew her stuff. I learnt so much about the city I’ve always lived in.We loved seeing the old shop front under Ponds shoe shop.I think the only thing that I would have loved was if we could have seen a bit more of the same sort of stuff but if it’s not there then it’s not there!
Very enjoyable,Max our guide was incredibe with afountain of knowledge, was good to learn historyof norwich and things we did not know, only down sizw was i would have liked more tunnels.
Our enthusiastic and very knowledgeable guide Holly, gave us over a hour of solid, undivided attention. The street area is actually quite small, but on 3 levels, all with their own slightly different histories. However, the tour is full of quirky and interesting history, strange and sometimes gruesome details. Left me eager to find out more about some of the things I'd heard.
What a fascinating glimpse into Norwich's history. Our guide Nyree was engaging and had lots of interesting stories to relay. The old street seen on the tour definitely deserves to be preserved and there are so many layers of history right in front of your eyes. Will look into doing another Shoebox tour on our next visit to Norwich.
We booked this tour for us, our teenage children and their grandparents. The tour guide Oli was very engaging and knowledgeable. The tour fascinating and gave an insight into Norwich's history over the years. I would highly recommend and will definitely some of the other tours available. Definatley value for money.
The first time at a local tour. Will definitely do some more.We done the tavern tour with the host Nyree. Very knowledgeable and she had a great way of explaining things to make it very interesting. Lived here fornover 40yrs and learnt lots about our city. Great sense of humour also. Looking forward to our next tour.
Absolutely brilliant. A fascinating history delivered really well by Ollie, who was friendly, knowledgeable, funny and engaging. Highly recomended.
This was the tour to end all tours! The stars were aligned when this was booked in! My stepfather and I descended into Norwich’s bowels, led by our guide for the hour: high quality historian Holly, to take in the mesmerising sights of a medieval weaver’s cottage and untouched medieval shop frontage, with original building materials poking out in parts. It was mind boggling to be standing in the middle of a well preserved street scene below the Norwich we all love and know. I loved the alleyway back out to London Street and the stable where horses 🐴 were kept. It was a captivating tour which taught us about many Norfolk stories and characters, and I was open-mouthed for most of it! I felt invigorated following the tour and inspired to learn more about the city and its past inhabitants and places, and look forward to more Shoebox tours with historian Holly who was a very compelling and instructive teacher. Thank you Shoebox, and also a great business ethos! 👞
We did the Matriarchs, Mayors and Merchants Tour on Saturday 30 September with Max. Max made the whole experience great, he had so many facts at his fingertips - far too many to remember unfortunately (in fact we could do with a factual sheet at the end of the tour to refresh the memory). Discovered facts had no idea about.
This was the second tour I've done with the Shoebox and once again it was a fantastic experience! Max our tour guide was very enthusiastic and knowledgable. He is a great story teller and we learned many interesting facts about Norwich. Will definitely try their other tours in the future whenever I have friends and family visiting!
Wow, I’ve lived in Norwich ALL my life and would never have guessed what lies below this shop. it was wonderful to see this piece of history of our city. We brought 4 friends who we’re staying with us and all thought it was wonderful. Well done HOLLY our wonderful tour guide who was so informative and funny. I would thoroughly recommend this tour.
Excellent tour Under Croft tour, hosted by Holly. Superb presentation of the information in fact I would say she is the best tour guide I have every had.
Holly you were amazing - a fount of knowledge. Plus the character of putting across the history in such a lovely and jovial way. We could have listened to you for hours!
An hour to enjoy the history of one shop in the heart of Norwich. Holly our host was an excellent, jolly, knowledgeable guide and was a joy to listen to. I'm sure those who've enjoyed the small tour, will look at Norwich in an even more fascinating way.Excellent and once again thank you Holly
The Guide-Holly was very enthusiastic & knowledge Interesting to see the development of the City & CastleAdded bonus of supporting a Great cause
Tavern Tour with Max/Hidden Street Tour with Nyree/City of Centuries Tour with Roger/ All were fantastic guides. Informative and fun. It is the best way to get a feel for Norwich if you are a visitor and this group is doing great work for the local community. I would definitely do all of these tours again.
Spent just over an hour with Holly, learning about the history of the street and Norwich/Norfolk. Her enthusiasm made it an entertaining hour of facts, gory details and some legends.The tour is contained within quite a small footprint under modern buildings do does not involve a massive amount of walking but does make use of some stairs and uneven floors.
Norwich is full of history and this tour incorporates history and beer with lots of interesting information whilst walking between old hostelries. Well presented by the guide with lots of interesting facts.
This was a fascinating walk with a genial, amusing and informative guide. The stretch of the underground street hidden beneath modern-day Norwich was a little shorter than anticipated but was nevertheless crammed with interest and with the detail provided by the excellent guide painted a vivid picture of the history and development of the area at the foot of Norwich Castle
The tour was very informative, the guide was knowledgeable and made the tour entertaining. Would recommend going.
It was a very interesting tour of the city and the guide took us to places we would never have found on our own. I particularly liked the monastery area and the little park by the river.I think the experience could have been improved by scheduling in a stop half way through the tour somewhere we could have had a 15-20 minute break for a sit down and a drink. It was quite tiring for some of us older people and it would have given us a chance to chat together.
Thank you Olly, we really enjoyed the hidden street tour today. So many interesting details and stories. You bought Norwich's history to life for us. Really pleased to hear the profits go into community activities. Brilliant
A thoroughly enjoyable tour, with a knowledgeable and pleasant guide, and the added bonus of being in a cooler place on a very hot day. Although I’m a Norfolk boy, and have lived In Norwich for 45 years, I learned a lot about the history of the city. My wife and I were joined on the tour by another couple, and four was just about perfect. I think if a group was much bigger, it would be a bit stretched. Although stairs were reasonably steep, there were hand-rails, and the slightly uneven floors in some places were not enough to be a problem, even though we are in our seventies.
We did the Tavern trail tour. It was brilliant. Beautiful walk. Very knowledgeable guide.she was very considerate making sure the pace was right for the group . Learnt lots about Norwich would def recommend
Brilliant escape room with fun props, and our host was great,its an intriguing location too,very atmospheric.Wish we could do it again!
Great Norwich Knowlege tour by our guide Ollie who was a natural at bringing history to life. Plenty of fascinating and amusing stories, often revealing some suprising connections. Great to have some of the City's architectural gems explained. Highly recommended.
We enjoyed our tour of the hidden street below Castle Meadow today. Our guide, Matt, was incredibly informative. How on earth he remembers so much information I have no idea. We will definitely be back to do the above ground walking tour soon. Thanks
Really quite fascinating.Tour taken with Nyree on 2 September. This was a really interesting glimpse at the past of Norwich. Whilst it is only a small area that remains underneath the old Ponds shoe shop it is a tour well worth taking.Nyree was excellent and made it an engaging tour. Would definitely recommend.
Very informative, enjoyable tour . Great tour guide . Will be booking other tours .Webt with my Mum , we learnt more of the history of Norwich , and got a real feel for the past down in the old streets below.
What a great tour, it’s fantastic to learn some of the history of Norwich . Our guide Holly was funny .informative , and could make the stories come alive
This is the second I’ve been and found out more fascinating history this time around as both tour guides I’ve had concentrated on very different aspects of the history.Holly was very friendly and knowledgeable and pitched the information perfectly for the group.
It was with some trepidation that I took my 15 year old son on the hidden street tour today. I wasn't sure it would be his cup of tea, but we both had a brilliant time. Our tour guide, Holly, was knowledgeable and witty, thoroughly engaging and entertaining throughout. I'll definitely be booking one of their other tours soon.
A fascinating tour led by the very knowledgeable and charismatic Ollie who had us all enthralled. Even my 14yr old son was captivated which was quite an achievement! Would highly recommend. Thank you!
A great visit. Ollie as tour guide was funny and informative.His level of knowledge both historical and locally was fantastic. He breathed life into what could have been a dry boring subject.
Whether a local or a visitor this is genuinely worth every penny of you cash and every minute of your time. Our tour guide was brilliant. Lots of history presented in a truly entertaining way and a fascinating view of the world under your feet. A genuine must do.
Olie was amazing. He was very knowledgeable and had a brilliant way with explaining History. I appreciated his joke, very much. More it seems than others did!Would so recommend this to everyone!!! Bravo! Ego inflated a little I hope Ollie?
A great one to add if you are around Norwich. Entertaining tour and an interesting past of Norwich told by an enthusiastic tour guide.
An alternative view of Norwich and it's rich history wonderfully and humorously told by Ollie. Stories of enterprise, x-rays, tunnels, medieval streets, undercrofts, disappearing buses, posh folk and murder! As someone who has known Norwich all my life, there were new discoveries beneath the unassuming ship on Castle Meadow. Whether you're Norfolk born and bred or here for a visit, you won't be disappointed with this hidden tour. P.S. Norwich is definitely better than London ;-D
Very interesting to find out more of Norwich's history. Our guide Matt went above and beyond with his knowledge and although there wasn't a great deal to see, his knowledge fed the imagination. It was excellent and we have already recommended this experience to our friends.
My husband and I had a tour to ourselves, which was brilliant! Our guide, Nyree, was brilliant. Lively, engaging, great knowledge and presentation and good humour. We were kept engaged throughout and finished the tour with so much new knowledge and a desire to go and find out more!Would like to book on more tours with Shoebox now too.
A really interesting tour, Ollie was very pleasant and knowledgeable and I really enjoyed it. Fascinating to learn what's underneath your feet! I would heartily recommend the Hidden History tour.
Having done a few of the activities that The Shoebox Experiences offer, I can safely say these don't disappoint. Most recently, we did the Marble Hall Tour, and what a tour it was! Lisa is incredibly friendly and knowledgeable, and is very receptive to questions during the tour. I couldn't recommend it enough.
Mum and I went here for a tour today and Ollie was great, super knowledgeable and engaging, and happy to chat with us and have a laugh rather than being rigid to a script. We had a great time and will 100% recommend it. We're def coming back for the escape room too!
Super tour. Very entertaining. Our guide Matt, was very knowledgable and friendly. It was exciting to see parts of Norwich we had no idea about. We are looking forward to th next tour.
Did the family fun tour of the hidden street with Olly. My 10 and 13 year olds really enjoyed it and found it very interesting as did I!
Oly was absolutely amazing and inspiring, we enjoyed every minute of his Norwich stories , we definitely looking into more tours as that experience was unforgettable Thank you very muchoOLGA
Went on a Shoebox experience today with our 12yr old granddaughter. We were with another family of 3 adults and 3 under 10 yr old boys. Ollie was our guide and he kept them all enthralled with his tales of years gone by and was funny too. Fascinating tour although I personally was a little disappointed as I thought I was going to see more of the Norwich underground past but Ollie’s storytelling more than made up for that. Will definitely go on another of their tours in the future.
I got a gift voucher for a Shoebox experience and booked a Hidden Street tour. Didn’t know what to expect but it was really good fun (and educational). Finding out about life ‘below ground level’ was fascinating. Ollie was our guide and he was entertaining and knowledgeable: full of historical fun facts about Norwich. The tour will appeal to adults and children alike and is well worth an hour of your time.
Tavern Trail Tour was excellent. We have lived in area for years and were amazed at the amount of knowledge and hidden places that we never knew or saw before. Our guide (Matt or Mac, I think, sorry!) was brilliant and really bought the experience to life. If you have any interest in exploring the city or history then you’ll love this. Fully intend on booking one of their other tours!
If you have any interest in history then you will find this fascinating. Who knew so much history was hidden under our feet! Really enjoyed this tour.
I live in Norwich & love local history & finally got around the taking the time to see these buildings. An amazing & very full hour, that is well worth the money & the time. Local or tourist, this is well worth your time, with lots to learn & a tour guide that knows their topic.
Amazed to discover these hidden places! Tyree was a great tour guide. I liked that we were just a small group (eight people) as plenty of opportunity to explore and ask questions. Looking forward to doing the escape game!
Very enjoyable evening learning the history of this remarkable old building – and learning a lot about the evolution of Norwich over the past thousand years at the same time.Our guide was very knowledgable and personable, and she had some great anecdotes to bring the tour to life. As with any building of this age, there are low ceilings and winding stairs, perhaps making the tour less suitable for young children. But if you're an adult or an older child interested in history and architecture, this building and this tour offers a unique portal into the past – and you support a social enterprise at the same time.
Nyree was such a great tour guide! extremely knowledgeable. Really interesting and fascinating experience. Highly recommend 🌟
We did our second Shoebox experience tour yesterday. Having previously done the below the street one we opted for the Aviva marble hall tour. This Gobsmackingly amazing hall is an absolute must see in our beautiful city. Designed by George Skipper, brilliant locally famous architect most well known for the Royal Arcade. The talk about the building and origins of insurance and Norwich Union ( now Aviva) was really intesting, informative and at times amusing. The shoebox guides are so knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend this and any of their tours which help to fund their excellent charity work .
We absolutely loved the tour! The tour guide was incredibly knowledgeable with the history of Norwich, fascinating. We highly recommended this tour!
Really interesting tour well worth an hour of your time. Thank you! Saw a part of Norwich I never knew existed. Be aware there are steep stairs and a few trip hazards.
Lisa was a wonderful guide and very knowledgeable about the history of the building and Norwich. Maybe not an ideal tour for very young children but great for us history buffs.
Our guide, Nyree, was fantastic and clearly had a passion for history and story telling. The underground Street tour was informative and fascinating. Well be trying out the other tours next.
What an interesting time with an amazingly knowledgeable guide Holly. Who knows what is hidden from view. Brilliant concept
Max was amazing and has so much knowledge about Norwich. How he remembers so many facts was amazing. Enjoyed the tour. Fully recommend
On a very wet Norfolk day we decided to spend an hour in the company of Ollie as he took us on a historical journey of Norwich’s past. Very informative and highly entertaining hour spent. The ground is fairly uneven so suitable footwear is a must.
I absolutely loved this tour, Ollie was our tour guide and he was brilliant. Lots of wit and his knowledge was incredible - a very good historian!! It was so interesting to see the truly old parts of Norwich streets, hidden below modern day life. Would highly recommend the hidden streets tour and can't wait to do more with the Shoebox Experience.
Fascinating tour of the hidden streets in Norwich, so many interesting historical facts about the city I didn’t know before! Max, our tour guide, was enthusiastic and informative and clearly enjoys giving these tours. Thoroughly enjoyed this fun and educational experience.
I cannot recommend this highly enough, Holly was so entertaining and knowledgeable. She brought the scene to life with her quips an observations
Really interesting, took about an hour to do the tour/talk. Matt our host was excellent, knowledgeable and interesting and covered just the right amount and level of information. Having lived in Norwich all my life, i enjoyed it as did my friends I went with. It’s a non profit organisation , so great to know money raised goes back to the charity so worth every penny both for tourists and locals
Absolutely brilliant! Fascinating history, from a knowledgeable and entertaining storyteller.Holly was fantastic - she made the stories come alive. Great humour, sensitively delivered.
Really enjoyed our Knowledge tour of Norwich on Monday with Holly. As locals we learnt alot about our 'Fine City", very amusing and entertaining couple of hours. Highly recommend for the locals of Norfolk as almost wasted on the holiday makers!From Jerry Nicola and Dylan, who's great aunt (13times removed) is Katherine Parr, the 6th wife of Henry 8th 😁🙏
At first we went on the street tour under Norwich. This was a fabulous experience made even better by the very entertaining and very knowledgeable guide Alex I believe was his name. After this we did the escape room. This we can also highly recommend it was great fun and there were only 3 of us and we managed to escape with seconds to spare. The escape room is also done in the old street under the city. Very enjoyable afternoon
My wife and I had a fantastic tour with Shoebox. It was the perfect length to learn and explore about the hidden streets of Norwich. Thanks to Nyree for the passionate and knowledgeable tour!
My friend and I greatly enjoyed our visit to the hidden street last Saturday. This was my second visit but I can honestly say that I enjoyed it just as much as the first. Nyree was an excellent guide who brought the past to life with facts, and stories of possible scenarios. It has inspired us both to learn more about the history of Norwich.
Our tour guide started off with telling us about the shop as in its history, interesting although I come from Norwich and knew what she was telling us inside and outside, even told her things she didn't know about the site! To tourists, interesting talk.We went downstairs, not for people with mobility issues and/sight impacts. We didn't go very far though, I thought we were going to see more. I guess it will be getting bigger with more Excavation.£15.00 each possible a tad expensive. Although as I said, I come from Norwich so knew the majority of what she told us, but for a tourist, good experience.
Amazing trip to an underground street from 1800s. Great guide who was very knowledgeable. Felt you were in those times. Highly recommended.
An absolutely wonderful experience. Max our guide was full of fascinating historical information and delivered it so well. He really brought to life all the archaeology above and below ground.
Fab snapshot of Norwich history truly aspirationally explained by Max. Although we only visit a small snap-shot of what it was like we were gien so much information in such a short space of time. We learned so much about life in those days anywhere in England.
Fascinating information! Really interesting. The guide, Max, was excellent: friendly, knowledgeable and helpful.
Going below street level and nearly 600 years of history to a time when businesses worked out of small cramped an d dangerous and difficult conditions
An absolutely superb tour of the street beneath Norwich, our tour guide Max was so well informed and knew the history back to front! He was a true professional, carrying on despite interruptions from children. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and this was due to Max and his enthusiasm and willingness for questions!! Thank you.
Having done a previous tour with Shoebox, I was slightly disappointed with this tour. Our previous guide was extremely knowledgeable and talked non-stop. Our guide on Saturday wasn't as good, reading most of the tour from a script, which lacked personal involvement. He also kept his sunglasses on the whole time, again this felt as if he wasn't so involved in the tour. Also, although the tour was interesting it had too many 'dead spots', where we were walking with no information being given along the way. I appreciate this is a newish tour and some tweaking may be required. An example would be, that we walked from the Lanes to the Guildhall, but instead of using the small (historically interesting ) Lanes we just walked along the main path at the back of Jarrolds.All that being said we both enjoyed the tour and will be booking 'The Hidden Streets Tour' in the near future.
I found it very exciting to get so close to Norwich’s history! The tour guide was brilliant and very knowledgeable 😊 highly recommend to anyone interested in local history.
Born and bred in Norwich and had no idea about it’s history. Our guide Ollie was amazing! His knowledge and whit made it an amazing experience. Would definitely recommend.
Amazing history related by our brilliant & entertaining guide Ollie it was fascinating to see the building and the conditions the weavers worked in.
A good interesting informative tour around the Marble Hall in Surrey St. Lots of history and the guide was knowledgable. Recommended.
Lived in Norwich for over 50yrs and never knew the hidden street was there. Holly was a fantastic tour guide with her friendly persona and wealth of historical knowledge - an hour well spent, we would highly recommend 😀
A really interesting tour with so many facts about Norwich. I didn't realise how far the castle ditches stretched. It was also fascinating to learn how the hidden streets usage changed over the centuries. All of this was brought to life by the brilliant guide
This intriguing subterranean trip was made entertaining by Holly, our well informed guide who had some bizarre tales about some former inhabitants of Norwich.
Nyree was a happy, quirky, very intelligent guide for our Hidden Streets tour. It's not very expensive, and the profit goes to support really great initiatives in the city. Hidden Streets is a deep exploration of one building, not really an extensive exploration, but it was fun and great for any weather. Nyree even tipped us off to the best pizza in town!
Really interesting and informative tour, who knew that that street and house was hidden underground!! Lisa was a great tour guide, full of information and funny too! Really enjoyable hour and the ticket price helps the community too. A must do for locals and visitors alike.
A great tour, our guide was Olly and he was very pleasant and happy to answer any questions, very knowledgeable and made the tour very enjoyable.
Informative and entertaining talk and venture in to understanding the Norman Norwich and its changing townscape. Time passed quickly as our knowledgeable host made an exciting listen relaying shared tales and experiences from other visitors.
A very intriguing and interesting historical tour. Our guide was fun and we had plenty of time to experience our environment underneath the city. I would highly recommend this tour to visitors for a different perspective of this city and its history.
Really knowledgeable guides that brought the tour to life. Lots of interesting pubs to visit with great local drinks to sample
A really interesting walk (literally) through one street in history brough alive by our lovely guide, Nyree who was as entertaining as she was informative. Thank you for an interesting and highly unusual afternoon.
Max the guide was so knowledgeable, made the experience so interesting. We went off afterwards looking for antiurine devices and weaver windows.
Extremely personable and engaging guide. My friend and I were the only people on the Tavern Trail walk so we were lucky to have our guide to ourselves. He was very knowledgeable and the whole walk was most enjoyable. The walk ended at the Murderers Arms where we had a well deserved drink (included in the cost of the tour) and a pleasant lunch where we were able to obtain a discount on the cost as another perk of going on the tour. I've been on several Shoebox Experiences and have never been disappointed. All the guides know their subject well and are able to offer interesting anecdotes throughout the walk.
Our guide (Max) was really knowledgeable, he answered all our questions without being fazed. He held everybody’s attention and spoke clearly and well. He delivered all the information in an interesting way and made it fun. His enthusiasm for his subject shone through. I learnt a lot of things I didn’t know. Our family of four all enjoyed this tour, it was fascinating. Our children are older (30+28)
We did the fascinating hidden street tour, which gives a real insight into how people in Norwich lived not quite so long ago, and the very real challenges they faced. Our tour guide Max was warm and infectiously enthusiastic, and had an astonishing level of knowledge of the subject matter. Very highly recommended for everyone.
Well what can I say. Max, our guide was very informative, answered questions that were asked. Didn’t really know what to expect and was I surprised. Fantastic tour, was unreal at times of the things that happened and how people lived, maybe should read survived, in times gone by, hits home to how fortunate we are to be alive now. The beginning of the tour was about the owners of the building we see above street level. Then the trip down stairs to the weaver’s workshop and living area. Down more stairs to the hidden street, then a little twist at the end. Max was very knowledgeable and passionate about this wonderful building. Took my grandsons, 14 years and 11 years, we had the best time. We would highly recommend you sign up and see this for yourself.
Really enjoyed the tour. Well worth the money and very interesting. The tour guide was very knowledgable.
We looked forward to this and we were not disappointed! Norwich is an amazingly historical city with lots of quirks which this tour illustrated perfectly. Mat (?) was wonderfully informative and obviously had in depth knowledge of his subject. He was enthusiastic and fun. Obviously one had to use one’s imagination in parts but he managed to paint enough of it in for you to get what it was like way back when. Thank you Shoebox experiences and good luck with all your projects.
It’s only a small bit to see but the guide was a font of information , obviously loves history( as do I) I would recommend bit
Fantastic tour, Max was very knowledgable and very considerate about his group. He communicated his enthusiasm for the history. Really enjoyed this experience and would go again but the next time make sure I had time to follow through and visit some of the history around the city he mentioned.
Absolutely loved the tour and the history about Norwich, the guide was interesting and with a humour that held your attention throughout the tour.Well worth a visit
As a family we’ve done both the Hidden Street tour & Marble Hall Tour. Both were very interesting & informative. The guides were friendly & welcoming. Highly recommend these tours for a bit of Norwich history.
Tour was brilliant, guide was knowledgable engaging and fun, interesting to discover something new about Norwich. Also nice that sales go towards supporting community groups
The TipsyTavern Trail with Lisa and trainee Nyree was great. Both informative and fun! They took us down yards and alleys we hadn’t explored before and to some new watering holes including The Merchant’s House with its beautiful and fascinating courtyard. Lisa chose our locally sourced drinks which were all delicious, and nobody got too tipsy! Thank you both for a lovely sunny Sunday afternoon tour. We will definitely book for any future trails.
Tipsy Tavern Trail on the 10th June. Very interesting, great guide with sense of humour. The pub stops were great, Highly recommended
I was born in Norwich went away for a long time and came back. I am very interested in the history of Norwich and visiting places I have never been. The hidden street tour was very informative and interesting and our guide Ollie was very enthusiastic and friendly. Will certainly go on some of the other tours.
Absolutely fabulous Tipsy Trail on the 15th June. Super interesting, very knowledgeable, human guide with sense of humour. Would highly recommend. The pub stops were great too! Thank you.
A group of 15 Taverham WI members went on the Tavern Trail although it was a cold windy day we thoroughly enjoyed the walk. Starting at Bishops Bridge we were guided through Norwich with our excellent guide giving us many facts about the city's history, architecture and brewery trade. Ending up at the Murderers on Timberhill where we enjoyed lunch and a free drink. We are looking forward to our next trip which is to the Marble Hall.
Wonderful hidden gem, so much history and atmosphere in this rediscovered basement.You certainly get a great insight into the history of Norwich all the better by being delivered by an engaging and friendly guide, Nyree.Also a great charity to supportSpike gives it double thumbs up
Being relative newcomers to Norfolk we were keen to learn more about life in Norwich hundreds of years ago. Holly brought the subject alive with a very informative and entertaining hour under the shoebox building where there was a “street” before Castle Meadow was developed.
Amazing!! We learnt so much not just about the hidden street but about Norwich in general, the castle & surrounding areas. Our tour guide was absolutely brilliant & so enthusiastic. I would highly recommend this tour to any tourist visiting AND local people
Amazing experience, our guide Ollie was really enthusiastic about the subject, and the project runs to help less fortunate folks via the Shoebox hub which is thoroughly worth while. To think what we saw and done,thousands of people have gone by totally unaware of what lies beneath so close.
Fabulous tour of Marble Hall / Surrey House. Knowledgeable guide, stunning venue, plenty of time to look around, great value for money. Thoroughly enjoyed it and would highly recommend!
Very interesting tour of Marble Hall! Lisa was very knowledgeable and an enthusiastic guide for our group. Whilst not a particularly long tour, she provided plenty of background history to the building in a fun and interactive way. Made me want to try another of your experiences!
We really enjoyed our tour last Monday. It’s amazing that this gateway to the past still exists. Fascinating listening to Max tell the story. If you enjoy learning about history I would recommend this tour.
I was really curious to find out about 'hidden Norwich', did not really know what to expect. Although I was a little disappointed as far as how big the 'hidden' part is (the walk is very, very short), I thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Max, our guide, was very entertaining and knowledgeable. He took us back in history, explaining about the 'hidden' parts of Norwich. This more than made up for the disappointment I felt about the length of the walk. Very interesting to learn about Norwich through the centuries.
Brilliant tour by Max. It was so very interesting to learn the History of our fine City and how that developed into the hidden streets. As mentioned in other reviews the bit of street they have, that we can experience, is small but fascinating and paints a real picture of how Norwich would have been years ago.
Max was a brilliant tour guide! Loads of history facts given out in such a short time. Absolutely brilliant. Thank you so much!
Absolutely fascinating. Max was our guide. He was really entertaining and knowledgeable. Although the street section is not very big it is definitely worth a visit. Learned lots about our city. Very enjoyable and would recommend
Starting with local shoe history at the old Ponds shop Holly was a brilliant and entertaining guide. It was great to understand how a street could be ‘underground’ but now we know! And left us wanting more exploration/excavation as clearly this is a very small part of a bigger story. Shoebox does great work for local communities so that was a big tick too
Lisa was very imformative, helpful to get some history before we started out first visit to Norwich. highly recommended.
Lisa was very knowledgeable and it was such an interesting experience would definitely recommend to anyone.
Not exactly what we expected when the marketing spoke about ‘hidden street’. We imagined we would be walking down a whole street, rather than just through the very short bit that we saw. That said, tour guide Max did a phenomenal job of presenting so many intriguing bits of history, in a very skilful, engaging way. Brilliant! So we’d definitely recommend the tour, but maybe expectations could be managed a bit in the advertising.
Max made this experience so enjoyable and interesting, he was full of knowledge and passionate about the hidden streets and their history. Would recommend this experience.
Really really enjoyed the Underground Street tour. Honestly thought we knew Norwich well but fascinated to discover a whole new aspect of the city below our feet. Our tour guide Max was incredibly knowledgeable, brought the whole tour to life and gave us tips on what to go looking for after the tour had finished - which we did! Highly recommended.
Tour guide Holly was just fantastic and so knowledgeable about the history of Norwich. We went on the Tavern Trail but that really doesn’t do it justice as it involved much more than just pubs. Highly recommended to both locals, wanting to learn a bit more about their city , and visitors who want a one off look at how Norwich came to be the beautiful city that it is.
Holly was very knowledgeable and it was very interesting to get an insight into Norwich’s past, warts and all. 5* for Holly and for the work that the hub there are doing. Maybe 2* for the actual experience of ‘walking the street’. Think of it as a double garage sized walk, the name shoebox gives it away now I think of it. So lower your expectations as to what you will actually see. The group I was with were disappointed with the actual visuals . So was it worth £15 probably not TBH. If however you take the view that you are contributing to the upkeep of this very small section of Norwich’s past and supporting the projects that Shoebox fund then yes.
Holly was very knowledgeable and funny. For us, she made the tour. I was a little bit disappointed to be truthful. Tour was smaller than I thought. Can see it all on the shoebox site pictures. Just the one main room/street but the information makes it interesting, (especially the 'off piste' bits!). Was it worth £15 each? Mmmm.... Not really! Just my opinion!.... Was an hour long though. Maybe.
Had an amazing tavern tour in Norwich our tour guide Holly was amazing explaining the history of taverns and about Norwich
Guide was amazing learnt so much and he made it so very interesting believe his name was Max. Would certainly do another tour
Had an amazing time on the underground tour of Norwich. Learnt so much our hostess was so passionate and knowledgeable.Everyone should go and learn a bit more about the hidden streets.
Holly, who love little piggies, was an absolutely wonderfully funny tour guide who made our experience one to remember making the history so much fun! Her knowledge was amazing and had our party of 9 engaged throughout. Would defo recommend. And if her boss reads this, please let have some piggies down there 😊😆.The money that you pay for the trio goes to the community, how wonderful too!!
Great tour and very informative and quite atmospheric with the thunder and lightning storm going on outside !!
I was once told that the best presents don’t come in boxes - well, a Christmas gift of a Shoebox Hidden Street Tour proved that wrong!The offer is dead simple - an explanation of the Shoebox story and a trip beneath the old shop to the remains of a medieval street that was built in the ditch around Norwich Castle and which, overtime, was lost as new building went over the top of it.Maybe that doesn’t sound too much but seeing the old shops and the stories of how the inhabitants lived (and loved in what became an adjunct to the red-light district) was fascinating.And what made it special was the humour of the presentation (our guide Holly was a laugh) - whilst being an historic marvel (when facts and dates could have been a dull overkill) the package of stories became an irresistible concentration of easily digestible information
An amazing experience visiting the underground tunnels with The Shoebox Experiences. Max was absolutely brilliant, sharing huge amounts of information about the history of the hidden area but also of Norwich through the ages. Our whole party greatly enjoyed our time and would definitely recommend visiting to anyone that is considering it!
We took part in the Hidden Streets tour on Bank Holiday Monday. The tour was really well organised and full of great details about the history of the area, the people who lived there and the events around it. Max, the tour guide, was excellent and made it a great time. We thorouoghly enjoyed the time and recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more about the history of Norwich.
The Tipsy Tavern Trail Tour - Wow what a great tour of Norwich, and some good local beers to try on route if you fancy, there was also soft drinks available at each stop if you have to drive home afterwards. Many thanks to our guide Max who was brilliant really knowledgeable on the history of the places we visited and he made the tour really enjoyable, we had a lovely time and would highly recommend this tour if you want to have a stroll around some hidden gems in the city. This is the second time we have booked a tour with the Shoebox Community hub and they are really good, and they provide a great service to the local community and taking the tours helps them fund their work. All in All 10 out of 10
Really interesting insight into Norwich. Brilliant gory facts and very knowledgeable guide. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to know more about the history of this fab city.
Really enjoyed the tour, Max was very informative. It was very interesting had no idea all this was under your feet in Norwich.Would recommend.
We went with our son and grandson. Max was very informative and made it so interesting, could have listened to him for hours. Will definitely be doing another tour in the future.
Holly was a fantastic guide!!!! The hidden street tour was super entertaining and educational, and Holly had so many interesting stories and facts to share that we didn’t want to finish the tour! In fact, I would definitely consider going back just to hear more!!
A fascinating tour of a hidden underground street at the site of a former shoe shop in the centre of Norwich. Max, our guide, was both well-informed and entertaining, and covered a great deal of the history of what was once England's second city. It's amazing that you can regularly walk past a building and not realise what is, or has been, there !
I booked a tour for my wife’s 40th birthday. The experience from booking, communication throughout and the actual tour was exceptional! When we arrived for the tour we recorded a warm welcome from Holly. The tour guide Holly was full of enthusiasm and knowledge and really did make the experience brilliant. We will be booking further tours with these guys!
Wasn't really sure what to expect, but was amazed at the amount of information we were given in an hour.I would just like to say how amazing Holly was. Incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about the subject matter. She really enabled us to picture exactly how the street would have felt.I personally can't wait to return to meet Matthew and Matilda (if you know, you know!)Despite being local and feeling like I have a good gist of Norwich history, I feel like everything I learned was new!
A really interesting, informative tour of a hidden street underneath an old shop in Castle Meadow in Norwich. The tour guide was exceptional imparting his knowledge and making it fun, of the street through the ages. We were all engrossed. I would recommend it to anyone.
We had a great time. Max our tour guide did an excellent job in helping us visualise how things were in past centuries. The good the bad and the ugly. Look forward to more tours. Well done Max.
Although I had visited this underground space when it was first opened up a few years ago and part of it was overgrown with vegetation this was my first visit on one of the organised tours. Max was an enthusiastic and well-informed guide who imparted lots of information (I'm sure that only the limitations of time prevented him from telling us even more) and I came away knowing a lot more than I did before the tour. I was especially pleased that the earlier misleading talk of tunnels when the tours started has been dropped. The fifteenth century undercroft is worth seeing, especially as it is one of only a handful of Norwich's undercrofts that are open to the public. I would definitely recommend the tour to anyone who is interested in Norwich's history.
An absolutely unique and fascinating experience. Our tour guide Holly was very enthusiastic and knowledge and should be allowed to keep pigs 😉. Would definitely recommend and I'm totally going to book more experiences with them. Thanks for a memorable time.
I booked a tour online for my 9 year old son, partner, mother in law and myself. It was easy to book online and I received an email confirmation once booked. Our guide Frances was welcoming, friendly and engaging. She really knew her history of the former Pond's shoe shop, my son and all of us really enjoyed the tour. We were able to take pictures and ask lots of questions also. Really happy with the tour and overall experience, will book another tour in the future!
Holly was brilliant! She really knows her history and brought the stories to life. Even though the tour doesn’t cover a huge distance, we were thoroughly entertained and definitely enjoyed learning about the hidden street and local history. Great fun!
We really enjoyed this tour. Max was incredible and very passionate about the subject - highly recommended.
Went on Norwich hidden streets tour, was really amazing and there was a lot of interesting history behind it! Our guide Max was lovely and engaging
Fabulous tour of the hidden street lead by Max... fun and fascinating talk about the history of the now hidden shops and people who lived there! Definitely a reccomend and such a great way to support their worthy work!
Very interesting and fun too and fantastic it is a community venture. Wld recommend for all ages. I never knew this secret street was there.
We went on the secret tunnels tour. Our guide Max's knowledge and story telling skills made this a really amazing experience. We learned so much about the development, history and people of the area around the castle. We have already booked onto a different tour in a few weeks and looming forward to it.
Max was a knowledgeable and approachable young man who kept us entertained throughout the whole experience. Norwich is, famously, the city of stories, and this tour is a great way to hear some of them. Well worth the money, and a great way to while away an hour or so.
The tour was so interesting and fascinating. Not a large place but told you a great deal about the development of the castle area of the city. We will walk along Castle Meadow with different 'eyes' from now on.The guide was great. What a memory.Thankyou.Jacqueline Amos
Max had a great rapport with the group and shared his wealth of knowledge with ease and humour. We learned so much about the taverns of Norwich and all the historical and quirky references and stories associated with them. A welcome drink at the Murderers awaited our arrival. A perfect way to spend a Sunday morning.
A fabulous experience! Max really knew his stuff and I spent the rest of the day walking around Norwich wondering what was under my feet. I thoroughly recommend this tour.
Max was brilliant, so knowledgeable & informative! As a local, I'd seen advertised but just never got around to it. My 9 year old especially liked the underground parts :)
Really great way to spend an hour in Norwich. Our guide Max was really interesting and very knowledgeable. We went on the underground street tour.
This tour surpassed any expectations. Our guide Max really made it so interesting, and I'll never look at Norwich in the same way again! I went with my husband - who also loved it - and my ten year old. I would say it's prob most suitable for adults and children over 8, as there is a lot of talking. Slightly pricey for just an hour, but worth it in my opinion - especially as the money goes to good causes.
Max our guide was very informative about the history of Norwich. I wish you could stay their for longer and he share more of this stories.
Very enjoyable, informative experience with Lisa our guide.Ideal for a wet afternoon to make you appreciate living conditions today.
Fab evening learning history of Norwich and the hidden streetsMy 12year old was interested also. We found Hollie the guide very enthusiastic, entertaining, knowledgeable and friendly Recommend this tour
We went on our second shoebox experience it was lovely to meet such a knowledgable person Holly who made the trip around Norwich just perfect - we had perfect weather and really enjoyed going around Norwich seeing things that we have never noticed before - we particularly enjoyed hearing the history and gruesome details from witches being drowned to barbers not just cutting hair - thank you Holly for making our experience such a pleasure.
Holly showed us around and led the Hidden street tour. Very informative and knowledgeable and great fun.Highly recommended
Our tour guide Holly was fantastic, her excitement and the depth of her knowledge was impressive. She kept the whole group engaged, imparting a phenomenal amount of information in a very short space of time with her animated delivery. I would highly recommend.
Max our guide was a great storyteller and added many interesting facts about Norwich's murky past. His delivery suited all ages as we were a group from a 5 year old upwards! Will be back again to join the Tipsey Tavern tour next time.
It was a small group, perfect for the space. Our guider, Mat, was friendly and entertaining and provided a long, detailed history of where we began the tour and throughout the passage of the underground streets. It was fascinating and knowledgeable and we enjoyed it very much; even the small boy who came along with his Grandpa found it interesting. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more about Norwich.
Brilliant. A riveting insight into an often murky (as well as mucky) part of Norwich's past. Our guide was welcoming, witty and wonderfully informed with enough jaw-dropping facts at his fingertips to fill a book. Couldn't have liked it more.
Really fascinating tour uncovering a hidden world below street level. Our guide was very informative and enthusiastic.
Fantastic trip down into the history of Norwich . Well worth a visit to guide fantastic we have great fun on a miserable wet cold day. Thanks Sarah
We had an all round great experience and Frances our tour guide was excellent, would highly recommend a visit
What a fantastic evening … we learnt so much about the history of the area around the castle in Norwich and how it evolved. The knowledge of our tour guide Holly was fantastic and she really made the evening with the information she gave us. We will be back to do more tours.
I've done the Hidden Streets Tour and the escape room and both were fantastic. Our tour guide Max was full of knowledge and passion. I learned lots about the history of Norwich and the hidden streets.
15 of us were entertained by Holly to the Hidden Streets Tour last evening. Can highly recommend - one of our group described it as fabulous ! Holly is very talented and made history come alive, decorated by several jolly ( and some dark) stories !!
Absolutely brilliant!! A good mixture of fact and humour to keep you engaged. So much information in an hour delivered brilliantly by Holly. Shall certainly be back! Thank you
My husband and I went on this tour while we where in Norwich. Well worth going, very interesting tour on what life was like in Norwich a very long while ago. Our guide Lisa was very knowledgeable and made it very interesting to listen too.
The weather for our visit to Norwich was looking pretty rubbish, so I was looking for indoor attractions when I came across the Shoebox Experiences Hidden Street tour. I'm really glad that I did, as it was a very enjoyable and interesting experience, particularly thanks to our guides, Frances. Highly recommended for locals and tourists alike.
We had a 5* experience with Max. He was so passionate, knowledgeable and so interesting to listen to. Thank you for making our family day so special
Myself and 2 friends did the Tavern Trail Tour last Saturday. We were the only ones on it so we got virtually a personal trip which was nice. Holly was a very good host, entertaining, knowledgeable and fun. The weather could have been better, it was cold and windy but this didn't detract from the tour as Holly held our attention with her brilliant rhetoric. We learned a lot. After the tour we had a wind down in the Murderers with a free drink and 25% off our lunch. What's not to like?! I would definitely recommend.
Wonderfully enjoyable hour of history facts about Norwich coming thick and fast :-) x Thank you to Holly our guide for passing on your knowledge in such an entertaining way!! Will defo safely book another one of your experiences when we return to Norwich.
We thoroughly enjoyed our tour on 4-3-23 and the guide was really excellent. She made the tour very entertaining and she was incredibly knowledgeable. We were a little disappointed that we didn’t see more of the hidden streets but what we did see was fascinating. The information about the old shoe shop was unexpected and very interesting.
Our guide Max was very informative and obviously had a great deal of knowledge about the history of Norwich. He was able to answer all questions from our group not only about the tour but about Norwich history in general. Thoroughly recommend this tour for locals and visitors to the city
Our guide, Holly, made this a very interesting experience. She had lots of unusual facts at her fingertips and kept us amused for the full hour.
Max our guide was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable sharing lots of facts on the building, streets and beyond.If you want to learn more about historic Norwich then would definitely recommend.
A truly interesting tour. Our guide Max's historical knowledge was first class and was delivered with enthusiasm and humour...he brought history to life!
Thank you, Frances, for a tour! Very interesting and informative tour. Hidden gem in Norwich. Wonderful experience around the corner.
A group from Spixworth WI thoroughly enjoyed this tour. Our guide Max was excellent. He was knowledgeable and engaging and carefully explained the things we were seeing. His stories made the history very interesting. This was a tour under a street that we were all familiar with, but most of us didn't even know it was there before this tour!
A thoroughly good experience. Max was a very knowledgeable guide who was clearly Passos out his work. Highly recommend.
We were very lucky in securing two places on the Marble Hall tour and the tour certainly didn’t disappoint. Max was our guide and pointed out all the facts relating to the Hall ie how the building became the people behind this impressive Hall. We were not rushed around we had time to indulge ourselves. It’s amazing the fore thinking of these eminent people.
A great tour, very interesting. Max our guide was very knowledgeable and shared many interesting facts about Norwich and its history
I’ve now been to the hidden street and the Marble Hall . Both are excellent and the guides are superb. We are so fortunate to have such a rich and amazing history in Norwich . I hope the shoebox put on further tours . How about a George Skipper one ?
This was a lovely hour spent in the fine city. We were amazed by how beautiful the hall is and the surrounding boardrooms. The building is not that old 120 years, but there was no expense spared, and it is virtually unchanged since. Well worth a visit. Great to see the original heat pump too!
So easy to book and very friendly and informative guides. It is so good to see Norwich has retained so much history. The guide made the tour so interesting and we really enjoyed it
This was a fascinating tour made really interesting by the enthusiasm and knowledge of the guide Max
Very interesting to find out the history of Norwich’s underground streets. Max our tour guide was excellent and had so much local knowledge to share. We will be back to do the other tours.
The information was fascinating! We would never have understood so much history of this city if we had not gone on the tour! Holly was fantastic!
Very interesting tour. Even though it’s all about 3 different rooms/area, the guide gave us a lot of historical insightswhich let your imagination go back to the Anglo Saxon and Norman era.
Well worth the visit to find out about Norwich and its hidden history. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and told the history in a very informative way.
I visited the underground tour yesterday with friends and it was amazing!! Thank you so much to Max our tour guide who was really entertaining and gave us loads of interesting facts about Norwich and its hidden street.
Going underground with an amazing tour guide called Holly. Very knowledgeable and charismatic. Thanks.
What a fascinating tour! Took my 10 year old son and he loved it too. Really interesting- leaves you with lots to ponder and a really wonderful insight in to hidden Norwich and Norfolk
Max guided us through this hidden area of our beautiful city, his knowledge and stories kept us enthralled throughout our visit, learning so much about how Norwich developed throughout the ages.This is well worth a visit whether local or just staying over, access is restricted so not for anyone with mobility challenges though.
First class guide, incredibly knowledgeable. Well done Holly. So much more to discover in Norwich and we will come again for sure. Thank you.
Thanks Max, another great tour. Great event and learnt so much about our beautiful city 😁Knowledgeable, interesting and fun
Thanks Max for the enlightenment on Norwich history very enjoyable invite into the old streets below ground of today
Max, our guide was nothing short of professional in his presentation. Informative, approachable and humorous during the tour from start to finish.The 'stories' of bygone eras had you captivated, bewildered and amused.You're challenged to comprehend where you are, how it was, and came to be, in this present day.After his brief welcome speech which included h&s, and the charity behind the tour along with his thanks for purchasing a ticket, made you feel welcome and part of the Shoebox family. The walk from the reception area down to the basement where the tour really starts, sets the scene, as you collect your lamp and immediately tune your eyes and ears into the first of numerous scenarios from bygone eras.The 16 year old girl and Norwich Castle being our favourite.......so pay attention and believe women were and always have been leaders. As for value for money, the tour price with what you gained from the experience was far greater vfm than our car parking at £7 (arrived early to do some shopping and perhaps chose a more expensive location).Wish we had purchased the souvenir book to reflect back on, perhaps on another visit to Norwich/Shoebox for another tour?
Excellent from start to finish the tour of the marble house. An amazing space. Such a knowledge of the history. I very much appreciated the kindness of the tour leader, waiting for my husband and I to "join the gang" from the lift (being unable to use the stairs).
We enjoyed this tour, made by Hollie the tour guide, the history of Norwich is fascinating. I could highly recommend it. My message to shoebox, for visitors would be to consider showing an old picture of the castle ditches, and when funds might be available a tv screen with computer images of how the street used to look. Going forward......... Thanks
The Hidden Street Tour was a true pleasure! Max was a delight: deeply knowledgeable and genuinely funny! And the richness of the history below ground is a city secret that will make you want to say ‘Hey, did you know…?’ to everyone you know! Plus, your money funds social enterprise community work. 100% recommend!
We had a fantastic time on the Hidden Street tour! Max was a brilliant guide - friendly, funny, and full of stories. He really brought everything to life. We’re now planning to come back to do another Shoebox experience!
Our guide on the underground tour, Max, was informative, cheerful, enthusiastic and made everyone feel included. Thoroughly recommend this tour - I’ve known Norwich for over 40 years, but learnt so much that was new to me. Now I’m looking forward to visiting the Marble Hall next month!
We did a history pub tour on Saturday 18th February with Holly our Guide who was very knowledgeable and made our afternoon very interesting. There's a lot more to old Norwich than just the old pubs and we found the whole afternoon tour a brilliant experience. A welcome drink at the end made the tour even better. There were four of us in our party and we cannot recommend it highly enough.
We came to Norwich shoebox as a company to do a ghost hunt event and had the twighlight tour for our guests before the event started what an amazing time we all had holly was an amazing tour guide we will be back on the 4th for another what a really informative and helpful lady the ghouls allowed paranormal Investigations team would like to say a big thankyou for all you interesting info and help throughout the evening it made it so enjoyable see you again soon 👻❤️
Our guide, Holly, was fantastic. A great tour of the hidden passages under Norwich. Interesting, informative, and entertaining. I can't believe I spent so much time in the city without knowing what was happening beneath my feet. It is a fairly short tour - and you will be going up and down various steps.
Went on the Surrey Street Magnificent Marble Hall tour. Wow! I won't spoil anyone's "wow" moment by saying why....just that you need to see for your self!. Nestled in the city centre is this fantastic building...admired from the outside.... and curious to the inside...so book a tour with The Shoebox Experience and find out why. The tour guide Lisa was as always knowledgable, informative and ready to add in anecotes of info for the visitors listening pleasure. Questions were fired at her from most of the crowd which she answered with unwavering accuracy!!.... So if you've ever wondered past and thougt....mmmm'i'd love to see inside the Norwich Union/Aviva building.... go!
I can highly recommend this fascinating tour - for locals as well visitors to the area. Having lived in Norfolk my whole life, I had no idea of the existence of these ‘hidden streets’ or their history!
This was literally one of the best activities I've done in Norwich. I've been wanting to do this tour for the last few years and it didn't disappoint. There is so much hidden history to Norwich and Holly, our guide was extremely knowledgeable and personable. In fact, she made the tour for us. I would highly recommend this tour and we could listen to Holly talk all day. Thank you.
Very interesting tour of hidden streets of Norwich, guide was extremely knowledgeable and made the trip a 10/10 experience.
We really enjoyed this tour. The tour guide (Max) was so knowledgeable. He talked us through the history of the site and how it fitted into the wider story of Norwich. Where people had questions he answered them with humour and a great deal of detail. Although in a small area there was such a lot to see and take in.We can thoroughly recommend this tour. Big thanks to Max.
Loved the lantern light tour! Had previously attended the daytime tour, but this didn't affect our enjoyment of the lantern tour. Great stories of Norwich I hadn't heard before and the tour guide (Max) was excellent, knowledgeable and friendly. Definitely worth a visit!
A very interesting historical tour. Our guide was amazingly informative and told some great facts and stories…… well worth an hour of your day to visit.
Max kept us all engaged with a fascinating Lantern tour with stories of ghosts and Norman heroines. Amazing what lies beneath a busy Norwich street.
Thank you Matt. Great tour and even better ghost stories! Will definitely be recommending to friends and family.
Fascinating trip by lantern with Max. Spooky stories about Norwich’s dark history.. we will look to do others. Well done Max!
A great tour that gives a great insight into Norwich's history. Great story-telling by Max the tour guide
We enjoyed being on the first ever tour by Shoebox Experiences of the Magnificent Marble Hall. Our 2 guides were excellent, very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Great insight into the origins of Norwich Union and yet more history discovered about this great city. Well worth going on especially when the monies from the tour go to such a great social enterprise.
Great guide that gave us all an insight into olde Norwich history and life. Also, some amusing antidotes, thank you Holly,,,,,now breath 😊
Was really interesting and enjoyable, thank you to our guide Max who was very friendly and knowledgeable.
A really great tour through a small but fascinating hidden bit of Norwich. We were very impressed that the guide was, in fact, a very well-informed and keen historian with much more knowledge than he had time to pass on - and also a very good communicator. We learnt a lot about Norwich through the ages and will certainly be going on more of these tours.Thank you.
We just went on the amazing Tavern Tour with an expert guide, Max. We learnt so much about the taverns and history of Norwich. It was excellent value for money. The beer at the Murderer's was good. We cannot wait to do this tour again!
Great tour! Great tour guide and history. Would realy recommend! I’ve lived in Norwich all my life and leaned a lot about the history.
Max the tour guide was great and there was some really interesting stories about Norwich told. Would definitely recommend.
This was a brilliant informative and amazing tour. Holly the Guide was excellent, knew her stuff, kept it exciting and made me feel at ease. I learned a lot and was mesmerised by the things I saw. Please go on the tour people it's awesome!
The hidden streets of Norwich tour was astonishingly good. Max the tour guide was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. The remains of the medieval street deep below Castle Meadow are not extensive but the tour easily filled an hour with fascinating details of life and commerce there from the 13th century to the 1950s. Excellent value for money. Unsurprisingly there are some steep stairs down, but the tour emerges back at the modern street level without having to climb back up again.
I was in Norwich visiting some friends when they suggested we explored the “secret tunnels of Norwich.” We had the most fabulous tour guide, Max, who is perhaps one of the most knowledgeable and interesting tour guides that I have ever had the chance to listen to! He made every aspect of the experience fun as well as educational. I would 100% recommend this tour to anyone visiting Norwich or even to some of the locals hoping to learn more about the long and varied history of the city of Norfolk.
I attended the lantern tour with two friends, it was absolutely fantastic. Our tour guide Max was so knowledgeable and friendly, the hour flew past and who knew what was under Castle Meadow, I certainly didn’t! Would highly recommend to everyone
Excellent tour for a very worthy cause. Not too much of great interest to see on the tour, but Max our guide, made up for this with his enthusiasm and extreme knowledge of bygone times and some of the history surrounding the streets, castle and old jail etc. Surprising exit location from the tour! Highly recommended
Wow what an experience, Max our tour guide on the day was brilliant, he is so knowlegeable and enthusiastic about his subject, there is so much history in such a small part of Norwich and if you only have a small amount of time or want to fill in a gap of your visit to Norwich you must go here for a taste of some of Norwich history, it will certainly encourage you to find out more about this old city
We were tempted on the hidden streets tour after reading publicity about the new novel Tombland set in Norwich.Max, our tour guide, was so passionate and knowledgeable about his topic and we all benefited from this. We learnt just so much and it’s made me feel even more connected to Norwich. Highly recommended.
Awesome place to go and see Norwich hidden under world and the tour guide certainly knows his stuff👏👏
I have known Norwich all my life and had no idea what lay beneath my feet! What a wonderful and unique tour, brilliantly lead by Lisa, Highly recommended.
Thank you Max for an excellent tour. Your knowledge and enthusiasm brought it to life we need more of this in Norwich. Well done Max.
Max, our tour guide, was superb and the amount of information and enthusiasm he had was phenomenal! A wonderful experience!
A very entertaining and interesting way to spend an hour. The host was very knowledgeable about the history and ghostly tales from this part of the city. Really interesting to see part of the underground street below castle meadow and see how people lived. Would recommend!
This is well worth a visit!Our fantastic guide Holly brought the whole tour to life. She is so knowledgeable, injecting humour into her narrative. We learned so much and her enthusiasm is infectious.
Highly recommended. Our guide Lisa was brilliant-entertaining, knowledgeable and looked after us wonderfully. The history of this part of Norwich is amazing and fascinating. The venue is unique.
Our guide Lisa was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic and made the tour a fascinating and thoroughly enjoyable experience. Highly recommended
Our guide was so engaging and his knowledge and enjoyment of delivering the experience were so evident. We had the best time, thank you.
We came for a night-time lantern tour in December and were pleasantly surprised.It's a short distance but longer duration-style tour, offering up some scary tales from Norwich's past, working history and folklore in together with a splash of archaeology to boot. Interestingly, we heard a true-life story here that dovetailed in with the back-story of a Cryptic Escape escape room we did two days earlier in Norwich.Also great that the income from tours here go to support local social initiatives to improve the community. Wear comfy shoes though!
It was fantastic to see the hidden history of Norwich on the Hidden Street Tour. Our tour guide was amazing and really brought the experience to life, some wonderful stories and knowledge. Thanks for a great afternoon!
It was fascinating to see these "fossilized" vestiges of old Norwich that have been hidden for so long. The accompanying commentary by the guide was excellent
A small group of 4 of us, went for the Lantern tour. Our guide was brilliant, friendly, fascinating stories and the underground rooms added the perfect atmosphere to the tour.Informative and great fun. Will try the Tavern trail spring time. Would highly recommend for an hour of something different.
Holly, our guide, was top notch. She brought the history and stories to life and the hour tour went by in a flash. Recommended, especially if you know Norwich. Thanks Holly.
Had a great little tour today with Max. Very informative. He was so fluid with his tour we learnt alot and really enjoyed. He is a credit to you.
We thoroughly enjoyed our Hidden Street tour last night, led by our fabulous guide, Holly. Friendly, informative and fun, this was a fascinating way to spend an hour and learn some local history. Holly’s enthusiasm for historical facts is infectious and she managed to pack so much information into the hour-long tour - some shocking, some funny and some quite bizarre!The tour is run by Shoebox Enterprises, a social support enterprise, so it is good to know that by attending the tour we were also helping such a good cause.
Who knew?? What a great tour telling the fascinating history of Norwich. Brought to life by Max (who was excellent). Really well worth a visit.
An excellent insight into the history of Norwich on the underground tour. Our guide Max, was so enthusiastic and excellent at making the history come alive 11 out 10 for Max. Would have liked it to be a bit more visual but still a great experience and will be trying some of the others.
Great escape room with interesting history. This escape room had lots of props and relevant equipment making it particularly interesting. I’d say it was quite hard but good for those who like a challenge with lots of unusual puzzles. Staff were really friendly and attentive.
Someone told us about this tour and, as we had friends from London staying for Christmas, we decided to book. Cannot speak highly enough of our guide Hollywho was funny and a font of knowledge. Not only was it interesting for our London visitors but it taught us a lot about our own lovely city of Norwich that we did not know.Highly recommend it.
Really enjoyed our lantern walk. Had wanted to do it for ages and was very much worth it. Very interesting and brilliantly guided
The hidden streets lantern tour was fantastic. Holly was a brilliant guide and storyteller. We learnt so much about our city’s past and enjoyed an evening doing something a bit different. Great value for money and the proceeds go to a good cause too. Highly recommend it!
From the moment you step inside you will find yourself immersed in the history of Ponds shoe shop, the history of Norwich and the castle mound. Our tour guide Holly was brilliant and made the whole experience fun and memorable. I’m looking forward to booking the lantern tour for the more darker history.
The wealth of local history told by our tour guide Max was incredible. He was a great story teller & really brought the past back to life. Was fascinating to learn of our home-towns roots, and what's beneath the streets we walk on today! Highly recommend!
This was an exceptional experience - made relevant, interesting and educational (in a fun way) by our excellent, knowledgable and enthusiastic guide. We learnt so much in a short space of time. Highly recommended.
We came here for my birthday treat and were not disappointed! I was with my husband, my 24 year old son and his 20 year old gf. Holly was our guide a d luckily for us, the other booking had dropped out. Holly has great factual knowledge with some ghost stories dropped in. We definitely all recommend this hour long tour and had a great time. Thanks Shoebox and Holly. We will be back for the Tavern Tour 💛
The guide, Lisa, was brilliant. She pitched the tour at suitable level to entertain and inform people of various age groups and was excellent with the children.
Lisa held our interest right from the start. Very informative and fun. We would recommend and have already done so to our friends and family. Looking forward to seeing what other tours are available.
It was a fabulous trip into Norwich of long ago. The fact and the fiction blended together beautifully, we really enjoyed it.
Excellent tour with Max as our enthusiastic tour guide. I have wanted to see this street for a long time and I wasn’t disappointed. There is a good general guide to Norwich history as well as the more specific Info about the building. Recommended.
Holly was such an enthusiastic and knowledgeable tour guide….her enthusiasm for the history behind the hidden streets and of Norwich city was capturing and inspiring, leaving you wanting to find out more……definitely recommend
Fantastic tour guide so enthusiastic and knowledgeablewould highly recommend this tour history everyone should know
Had a fantastic tour of the hidden street and weavers' cottages. Our guide Max was brilliant - just the right blend of enthusiasm and knowledge.
Fantastic, really interesting and informative, intriguing. Max was an absolute wealth of knowledge and passionate about what he does. This was a perfect birthday activity to do with my adult son. We both enjoyed it.
We moved to Norwich 10 years ago and have always been interested in its history. We decided to take advantage of this tour with some friends and had a wonderful experience. Our tour guide Max was very well informed, articulate and a joy to be with. Both we and our guests thoroughly enjoyed the experience and we have no hesitation in recommending the tour to anyone who has an interest in the unseen side of Norwich
Wow! This was a very enjoyable tour, certainly made enjoyable by our guide, Max. I was a bit sceptical after reading some of the reviews but am so very glad we did the tour! Max was very knowledgeable and made the tour very interesting, we learnt a lot! I highly recommend this tour if you're in Norwich - money well spent which goes to a very worthy cause!
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!
it was a very interesting and fact filled tour about a part of Norwich l have walked past/down through all my life but never knew was there. Holly was a great story teller.Well worth doing.
We did the Hidden Street Tour with Max as our guide and it was so interesting. Max gave us an amazing history lesson about Norwich and showed us underground areas that we had no idea existed!Would highly recommend this tour!
Fascinating look back into Norwich’s past. Walking about in the city centre you may have no inkling of the hidden history under your feet. This was a great opportunity to take a look back in time at how the residents of Norwich used to live. Our tour guide Max made it interesting and informative - he’s a natural storyteller - and the lantern lit atmosphere added further to the whole experience. Don’t expect miles of underground tunnels, the whole tour takes place in a relatively small area, but you definitely get a flavour of old Norwich and Max’s stories helped to set the scene. Give it a go, all funds raised go to a great community cause as well.
Fantastic tour! There were some really interesting facts we discovered that we’d never known despite living here for many years. Max was very informative, really knew his stuff and his passion for it all made it all the more interesting. Would recommend.
Lisa painted a wonderful picture of the past and how the area had changed over time.Very knowledgeable with all aspects of not only the streets but local history too.Well worth a visit.
Had a great time with Max our tour guide, very friendly and informative and really knew his history , had a really good time, worth every penny and really recommend the tour, thanks Max
This was a really fun and informative experience, our guide was entertaining and really knew his stuff. We got to see a side of the city we'd not seen before and learn so much. Would recommend.
We visited this morning for the hidden street tour as something to do on my most recent visit back to Norfolk. I grew up in Norwich and never realised the hidden streets existed beneath castle meadow so thought this would be an insightful tour. Lisa did not disappoint and was very knowledgeable on the history of the building, the business that existed there and Norwich itself. She was friendly and approachable and her enthusiasm was infectious! We hope to visit again soon with the rest of the family and try out the Tavern Tour!
Enjoyable and informative tour. Very interesting and excellent presentation by Max. We learnt a lot about the history of Norwich.
Great tour taking in some of the underworld of Norwich, our guide Max knew his stuff; a very interesting trip into the past.
Thoroughly enjoyed our tour this afternoon, had our guide Holly who was so passionate and knowledgeable. Learnt lots, definitely recommend this.
Our guide Holly was informative and entertaining. We were shown the remains of buildings that have disappeared below sreet level near the castle. A thoroughly enjoyable tour for anyone interested in the history of Norwich.
Two friends and I so enjoyed our tour this morning. Our guide, Holly, was so informative and enthusiastic - she made it quite magical and even overran a few minutes to include the wealth of facts/information that she had at her fingertips. We didn't know anything about the Shoebox before and were impressed with everything - very much including its role as a local community resource. Than you.
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.
Excellent guide, very informative & funny who made the experience one that we would repeat, excellent value for money & an enjoyable hour & a half.
Although not what I had imagined,the tour was excellent. Holly,our guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining,which has encouraged me to read up about Norwich, and its history.I struggled to picture how Castle Meadow could be built above the street but all was explained.Holly was good and taking you back and being able to imagine the chaos,crowds and smells, of a previous age! Would recommend a visit and as a charity venture,I was happy with the price,for the experience.
Brilliant opportunity to see something completely unique, Holly was engaging and entertaining and thoroughly knowledgeable about the history of the hidden street. Incredible to think of all those who lived, worked and died in the area we were standing. Lovely to take the opportunity to do something unique whilst supporting a great cause. Definitely recommend the tour to others.
Very interesting and informative tour of the medieval street and the history of the area. Holly was friendly and an expert on the subject . Thoroughly recommended
Great guide, really fascinating and amazing to find out lots we never knew about our city. Holly is great, very engaging and an absolute mine of information.
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
Very interesting with enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide who gave us lots of historical details. Slightly disappointed that the ‘secret street’ was so short but the amount of information we were given by our guide made up for this.
Hard to pick out best but as it was all so good. Holly is a great story teller and brought the fascinating mix of history and fact with ghost stories to life. It’s a very fair price for a great experience.
Excellent knowledgeable tour of hidden, underground Norwich. Holly had great historical knowledge and was very engaging
This was great. Max, not Tom, was our guide and he was so knowledgeable. I could tell you all about the tour and what was there but that would spoil the tour for other people wanting to go. You will not be disappointed.
An incredibly fun time- Holly was a fantastic tour guide! She so clearly knew the history inside out and more than encouraged questions- she was funny, engaging, and her enthusiasm was contagious. She also read the room and perfectly got what must have been a tricky balance of telling us what stories she (correctly!) thought we’d be interested in whilst being mindful of there being a child in the group and she made sure to end the tour on a light note too. Highly recommend this and the fact the money is going to a good cause is even better! It’s the kind of thing where you’ll go home and immediately want to relay some of the stories- we’re definitely planning on returning for the other tours
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 !
Holly was such an animated guide, she brought the amazing history of this part of Norwich alive. I will definitely book further walks and talks. It was also good to learn the some of proceeds from ticket sales go towards helping the community hub too. Well worth a visit.
Very interesting Tavern Tour, Max was very knowledgeable about the history of Norwich and the Taverns, very impressed by the Cow Tower and the Swan Pit which we would never have known about if Max hadn't told us.
Really interesting tour, our guide Max was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic, with information and stories I have never heard before, despite being a relative local! Amazing that all this is below ground and hidden from normal view!
We recently enjoyed our hidden tour with Holly. Great knowledge and fascinating stories. It would be great if more could be uncovered, something that hopefully in time may come. Thanks Holly, we had a lovely time.
My 11-year old son and I found this tour thoroughly fascination and very fun thanks to our extremely knowledgable guide Holly. It's funny that I've lived in the area over 20 years yet Norwich still keeps amazing secrets like this.
I've lived in Norwich for years but was totally unaware of the old street that used to run under the modern St Stephens. The glimpse this tour gives you into a much older Norwich is fascinating. Very worth while.
We did the hidden tour with Max as our guide- what a fabulous experience! Max was so interesting and knowledgeable. Discovered lots about Norwich. Would love to try the Escape room now…
I came up from Oxfordshire to visit my aunt and she brought me into Norwich to do some sightseeing. The Hidden Street tour was so fascinating. Max our tour guide was absolutely amazing, he was so knowledgeable and passionate about the history. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and learnt so much.
Having lived in Norfolk for 16 years, we planned to get to know our Fine City a bit more this Autumn/Winter. And then this popped up on Facebook! A fascinating hour spent with Holly, who clearly has a passion for her subject. We will definitely been doing some of Shoebox’s other tours 👍
This was so much better than I was expecting! Max who was our guide was so engaging. I heard so much I hadn't heard about Norwich before and definitely learnt lots ! Even better it kept us out of the rain on a rainy day. I would definitely recommend this to people !
An interesting tour with lots of stories. Max, our guide was very knowledgeable and made the tour most enjoyable. Thanks.