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Victoria Tunnel tour for a single household/bubble of 2-6 people

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The Victoria Tunnel is a preserved 19th-century underground waggonway beneath Newcastle, converted into an air-raid shelter in 1939 to protect thousands of Newcastle citizens during World War 2.

The Victoria Tunnel is a preserved 19th-century underground waggonway beneath Newcastle, converted into an air-raid shelter in 1939 to protect thousands of Newcastle citizens during World War 2.

Today, you can visit the Victoria Tunnel through the Ouseburn Trust's guided tours. As the number one listing in Tripadvisor's 'things to do in Newcastle', the Victoria Tunnel is something for locals and visitors alike! 

What can you expect from the Victoria Tunnel? Experience life in a Victorian waggonway, learn how it was constructed and listen out for the wagons full of coal heading for the Tyne. Be brave - listen to the story of William Coulson's death and be aware as you hear the approaching waggons heading towards you through the tunnel in the pitch-black darkness.

 

Learn how tough life was during WWII; listen for the air-raid warning, the sound of planes passing overhead dropping their bombs, and hear the memories of people who lived through the dreadful period in Newcastle's history. See the rough wooden replica beds and benches, just like those slept or sat on by frightened citizens during bombing raids. 

 

Victoria Tunnel also holds much fame for its paranormal mysteries including ghost sightings by previous visitors!

 

The Victoria Tunnel is managed by the Ouseburn Trust, an independent trust working for a vibrant, diverse and sustainable future for the Ouseburn Valley. The Ouseburn Trust is a charity organisation which leads and facilitates various projects relating to Ouseburn's heritage, regeneration and environment.


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Due to coronavirus-related safety measures, the Victoria Tunnel is currently running revised one-hour tours for single households/bubbles of 2-6 people, when we are able to run regular tours again this voucher will be valid for 3 adult tours. .

Tour times are displayed on the website:  https://www.ouseburntrust.org.uk/buy-tour-tickets. 

When we receive your order we will send a voucher with a Victoria Tunnel guidebook and discount code that works on our website. Advance booking is essential as tours are very popular and get booked up several weeks ahead.



Valid for 12 months from date of purchase.

Recent Reviews

  • Extremely informative guides who brought the Tunnel alive with graphic descriptions of life below the streets. From an idea to planning and then labouring to build the feat of Victorian engineering. Also how it came to protect the local population from the terror of air war. A very interesting afternoon.

    Simon - Trip Advisor
  • We have been trying to see this for a while but it’s always booked up - I can see why! We booked the one hour tour. Great experience with knowledgeable hosts who regaled us with interesting facts and stories. A fascinating journey from the Victorian era to WWII - thoroughly recommended!

    Paula - Trip Advisor
  • This is a very interesting and informative tour, it’s kind of eerie down in the tunnel if you imagine the position everyone was in down there, having to evacuate their homes whenever there was an air raid and sit in the dark tunnel for hours on end with no comforts at all. We don’t know how lucky we are! The guide gave an insight into what it was like with lots of interesting stories about the people who used the tunnel. It was originally built to transport coal from the mines down to the ships at the river. A great history lesson. I would recommend this tour very much.

    Holly - Trip Advisor
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