The Victoria Tunnel.

The Victoria Tunnel
The Ouseburn Trust
Arch 6, Stepney Bank
Ouseburn Valley
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear
NE1 2NP
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Newcastle’s Hidden Heritage’

The Victoria Tunnel runs beneath the city from the Town Moor down to the Tyne. It was built in 1842 to transport coal from Leazes Main Colliery to riverside staithes (jetties) ready for loading onto ships. In 1939, it was converted into an air-raid shelter to protect hundreds of Newcastle citizens during World War II. A programme of repairs has been carried out and part of the Tunnel is open all year round to the public for guided tours which include fantastic sound and visual effects. Tours must be booked in advance at www.ouseburntrust.org.uk or by email:clive.goodwin@ouseburntrust.org or by phone + (44) 0191- 2616596, who will then send a full list of the conditions of your booking, which must be brought with you on the day of the tour.

Visitors to Newcastle should phone and ask if any tour places are available on the day of their visit

Experience the sounds of a wartime air raid and follow your guides underground to discover the Tunnel’s role as a colliery waggonway.  Listen out for the oncoming coal wagons!

Tours take place each week and must be booked in advance as described above:

  • Thursdays at 6.30 pm
  • Friday at 10.30 am
  • Friday at 1.30 pm
  • Saturday at 10.00 am
  • Saturday at 1.00 pm

In addition tours can be arranged for private parties of six or more on days to suit the party.