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.
Heritage site, Festivals
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 www.ouseburntrust.org.uk click on Victoria Tunnel.
And also open during Late Shows and Heritage Open Days when we will have short taster tours
Free for The Late Shows, normally £6.00 per adult; £3.00 for children between 5 and 12 year old.
The Late Shows: Victoria Tunnel Tours
- 15 — 16 May 2015 7-11pm
Book your space on one of the ever-popular Victoria Tunnel tours. You’ll be guided into the depths of the earth, exploring below the streets of Newcastle. Experience the sounds of an air raid and discover how the tunnel was used as a colliery waggonway, Torches and hard hats will be provided but please wear sensible shoes. Booking essential. Details will be released on www.thelateshows.org.uk
- Family friendly
Newcastle upon Tyne
Victoria Tunnel Co-ordinator
0191 2616 596