Victoria Tunnel


The Victoria Tunnel is a fully preserved 19th century waggonway under the city from the Town Moor to the Tyne, to transport coal from Spital Tongues (Leazes Main) Colliery to the river and operated between 1842 and the 1860s.

The Tunnel was converted into an air raid shelter to protect Newcastle citizens during World War 2.

The Tunnel was carefully repaired and opened for guided tours with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and TyneWear Partnership. Since 2010 the Ouseburn Trust has operated guided tours with fully trained volunteer guides.

Venue Type:

Heritage site, Festivals

Opening hours

Open all year round on Wednesdays to Sunday, with two-hour guided tours usually starting at 10.30 am, 1.30 pm or 6.30 pm. Book via click on Victoria Tunnel.

And also open during Late Shows and Heritage Open Days when we will have short taster tours

Admission charges

Free for The Late Shows, normally £6.00 per adult; £3.00 for children between 5 and 12 year old.

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Tunnel Tours

  • 13 May 2016 7-11pm

Book your space on one of the ever-popular Victoria Tunnel taster tours, designed to whet your appetite for a full two-hour tour in the future. You’ll be guided into the depths of the earth and discover how the tunnel was used as a colliery waggonway. Tours must be booked via

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Victoria Tunnel
Arch 6
Stepney Bank
Ouseburn Valley
Newcastle upon Tyne

logo: Museums at Night



Victoria Tunnel Co-ordinator


0191 2616 596

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.