Hidden Spaces Tour

Hidden Spaces Tour

Date & Time

26 - 28 May, 2023


Visitor Lounge, Block 03


Free of charge


Join an exceptional tour of three hidden spaces at Tai Kwun, often off-limits to the public due to conservation and operational considerations.

Get ready to climb the hidden stairs that brought defendants from the underground cell to the Magistracy. Next, enter the thick-walled prison cells transformed into backstage dressing rooms for performers and follow the underground tunnel to a secluded air raid shelter. Besides experiencing these historical spaces of submission, incarceration, security, and life protection, participants will learn the solutions and challenges of heritage conservation, the efforts being taken to preserve our site and develop a deeper understanding of criminal justice, punishment and rehabilitation, conflict and war.

The Hidden Spaces Tour will last 45 mins and involves staircase walks. Participants should consider their physical suitability and, if necessary, the need for carer help. Please read and agree to the Terms and Conditions (Notes on Hidden Spaces Tour) before registration.

Notes on Hidden Spaces Tour

  1. By applying for and/or participation in the guided tour, you are deemed to have read and agreed with these terms and conditions.
  2. Each guided tour lasts approximately 45 minutes.
  3. Each applicant can reserve a maximum of two places. Except infant, every child shall register to reserve a place.
  4. Children under 12 years old should be accompanied by an individual over 18.
  5. Places are arranged on a first-come-first-served basis, please register online in advance.
  6. Please arrive at the assembly point 10 minutes before the scheduled time. Latecomers will not be entertained and the reserved places shall be cancelled.
  7. Tai Kwun reserves the right to offer the remaining places to participants on the waiting list presence at Tai Kwun at the beginning of the guided tour.
  8. Successful applicants will receive a confirmation email. Please present the email for admission and guided tour registration on the date of visit.
  9. To protect personal privacy, please refrain from taking any unauthorised photography, video and audio recordings of docents and other participants during the guided tours.
  10. As there are quite a few steps, steep slopes and outdoor areas along the route, we recommend visitors to wear comfortable clothing and shoes, and to bring along umbrellas or raincoats. Please do not bring along bulky items.
  11. The guided tour will be cancelled if the Typhoon Signal No.3 or above is hoisted or the Red/Black Rainstorm Signal is issued within 3 hours before the guided tour begins. For instance, if the Typhoon Signal No.3 is hoisted at 8:15am, the guided tour at 11:15am will be cancelled.
  12. Guided tours are subject to change without prior notice. Tai Kwun reserves the right to make the final decision regarding the arrangements.
  13. According to the Bye-laws, all persons who enter Tai Kwun will be deemed to have granted its approval to Tai Kwun undertaking the following activities without making any payment or notification to any such persons:
    a) taking photographs, making a video or cinematograph recording and/or using any sound or image recording equipment at any place within Tai Kwun; and
    b) reproducing the image and/or voice of any person who enters Tai Kwun and using the same for any purposes as Tai Kwun shall think fit.
  14. Hand sanitiser is provided at the tour assembly point.