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Victoria Tunnel

Newcastle Category Outdoor Activities, Historic Sites
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The Victoria Tunnel is a 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 in 1939 into an air raid shelter to protect thousands of Newcastle citizens during World War 2.

Go on your own journey of discovery to learn how tough life was during WW2, listen for the air-raid warning and the sound of planes passing overhead dropping their bombs and 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. And visit the WW2 crucifix and see if you can identify the people named in the roll of honour. You may also be interested to hear about the sightings of a ghost seen in the Victoria Tunnel by visitors from a Paranormal group!!

Ticket prices for tours are £6 for adults and £3 for children (under 12 years).

We have tours on days and times to suit almost everyone, including some one hour tours for families during holiday periods. Private tours for eight or more people can be booked by email to clive.goodwin@ouseburntrust.org.uk quoting the preferred date and time of the tour (give two or three alternatives).

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