Discover a part of Norwich that is seldom seen…

We’re delighted to announce that we have now reopened and have a limited number of dates available for our Castle Meadow ‘hidden street’ tour. We also hope to relaunch our Tombland walking tours shortly.

To maintain customer safety and to comply with current Government guidelines we have adapted our tours to ensure social distancing.

From 1st October 2020, in line with the latest government guidance, our Castle Meadow ‘hidden street’ tour will be able to accommodate a maximum of 12 guests from a maximum of 4 households/support bubbles. This complies with the Government’s ‘rule of 6’ as all household groups will be kept separate, no more than 6 people will be in each household group and social distancing will be observed throughout the tour. For more information on our COVID-Secure measures click here.

Castle Meadow ‘hidden street’- now reopen

A fascinating tour of the historic ‘hidden street’ and undercroft lying beneath the KindaKafe.

Come join our tour, led by a local storyteller and historian. Journey with us down two flights of stairs to explore the layers of architecture dating from the 15th century.

Hidden below Castle Meadow, between the market and the Norman Keep, you can discover the past of our Fine City, with its trades, houses and people. Ponder the myths of eerie prison cells, hidden streets and curious tunnels. Come help us unlock the many mysteries of this space…

This tour is unfortunately not wheelchair accessible as it involves two flights of stairs and uneven flooring. 

Tombland walking tour – currently closed

Explore Tombland and discover the rich history of our fine City.

Join historian and storyteller Sarah Walker on a guided tour of Tombland organised by KindaKafe, home of Norwich’s famous Hidden History Tours.

See Norwich’s history of Romans, rioters and rebels, priors, friars and preachers come to life. Tales, true accounts and local legends all from the ancient centre of the fine city of Norwich.

This 90 minute walking, standing and sitting tour leads you around the Tombland area. Suitable for all ages and wheelchair accessible. Dogs welcomed.


How do I buy tickets?

Currently we are only taking bookings for our Castle Meadow ‘hidden street’ tour.  Tickets can be purchased online here. Alternatively please call us on 01603 850309 to book. If you are unable to reach us please leave a voicemail with your name and number and we will call you back as soon as possible.

How much are tickets?

Castle Meadow ‘hidden street’ tour ticket prices (effective from 1 October 2020):

Adult (Gift Aid ticket) – £14.30
Child 4-12 (Gift Aid ticket) – £7.70
Adult (Standard ticket) – £13
Child 4-12 (Standard ticket) – £7
Children under 4 – free

What is Gift Aid?

Gift Aid allows charities like us to reclaim tax (25p for every £1) from the government on your donations. If you are a UK taxpayer, by opting to Gift Aid you enable us to treat your payment as a donation, so each £1 you spend can do £1.25 of good.  

By selecting gift aid tickets and completing the gift aid declaration (only applicable for bookings of our Castle Meadow ‘hidden street’ tour) you are declaring that your purchase is for yourself or yourself and your family living at the same address, you are a UK taxpayer and understand that if you pay less Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax in the current tax year than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all your donations it is your responsibility to pay any difference. Please notify the charity if you want to cancel this declaration, change your name or home address, no longer pay sufficient tax on your income and/or capital gains. If you pay Income Tax at the higher or additional rate and want to receive the additional tax relief due to you, you must include all your Gift Aid donations on your Self-Assessment tax return or ask HM Revenue and Customs to adjust your tax code.

When do your tours run?
Due to Government restrictions we are currently only running our Castle Meadow ‘hidden street’ tour. These tours generally take place on Mondays and Tuesdays and the first two weekends of every month. Tickets can be booked online here or alternatively call 01603 850309 

Our Tombland walking tour is currently closed but we hope to reopen shortly. 
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I can’t find a tour at a time that suits me, when will you have more dates?
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Where do I go for my tour?

 Details of where to go for your tour and other additional information can be found in your order confirmation email.

Castle Meadow ‘hidden street’ tour – takes place at KindaKafe (formerly Ponds), 21-23 Castle Meadow, Norwich, NR1 3DH 

Do you sell gift vouchers for the tours?

eGift Vouchers can be purchased here.

How long are gift vouchers valid for?

Each eGift Voucher is valid for 1 year from the selected date of delivery. The tour you redeem your gift voucher against needs to take place by the expiry date.

Please allow time to comfortably book and attend your tour before the expiry date on the voucher. eGift Vouchers will only be extended in exceptional circumstances.

How do I redeem a gift voucher?
eGift Vouchers
  • Book your Hidden History of Norwich Tour but DO NOT attempt to use your eGift Voucher code as a voucher on the booking page.
  • Continue to the payment page, then click where it says ‘eGift Voucher’ and enter your eGift Voucher code from below.
  • If you have a remaining balance to pay you will be returned to the payment page to complete your booking.

Printed Gift Vouchers (no longer on sale)

  • If you have one of our older Gift Vouchers with a 5 or 6 digit gift voucher code please call 01603 850309 to book your tour. These cannot be redeemed online.
Can I book a private tour for a group, workplace or event?

Our Castle Meadow tour is currently limited to two households. If you would like to arrange a private tour please email or call 01603 850309. 

Will gift vouchers be extended due to COVID-19?

All gift vouchers which were purchased for our Castle Meadow ‘hidden street’ tour before 23 March 2020 and were still valid will be extended by 6 months.  Please call 01603 850309 to book your tour.

It is our intention to extend gift vouchers purchased for our Tombland tour as well and we will announce further details when we are able to reopen the tours.

What are your COVID safety requirements?

Information about how we have adapted our tours to be COVID-Secure and ensure social distancing can be found in our COVID Customer policy here

Are your tours suitable for children?

Currently we’re only running our Castle Meadow ‘hidden street’ tour which takes places in a historic setting with uneven floors and some sharp surfaces. For safety reasons young children need to be carried or supervised as appropriate throughout the tour.

Unfortunately the tour is not suitable for prams but these can be stored safely on site before the tour and collected at the end.  

Our current tour is not specifically designed for children and does include some content about public executions which may not be appropriate for all children. We are looking at the possibility of developing a family friendly tour in the future.

Cafe Opening Times

Mon - Sat

01603 850309

21-23 Castle Meadow, Norwich, Norfolk  NR1 3DH
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