Victoria Tunnel, Newcastle upon Tyne

Experience the history of Victoria Tunnel on a guided tour. The underground tunnel was originally a 19th-century wagonway used to transport coal. You'll learn about life in a Victorian wagonway, hear the coal wagons head for the River Tyne, and watch them approach you in the darkness. Skip forward in time and learn about how the tunnel was converted into a World War II air-raid shelter. Hear the stories of the people who lived through the bombings, and see the replica benches and bunks used by those seeking shelter. Listen to the air-raid warning and sounds of dropping bombs. Advance booking for the tour is essential. For Victoria Tunnel and beyond, use our Newcastle upon Tyne trip app to get the most from your Newcastle upon Tyne vacation.
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  • We went on the 2hr tour, wasn't sure what to expect but Andrew & Sarah we're amazing at telling the stories and giving us really interesting facts! Such an amazing history, i would definitely recommen...  more »
  • Overnight in Newcastle and booked 1 hour tour on my full day. Guides were Andrew and Irwin who were informative and amusing, sharing history and local stories about the tunnel.Really interesting and s...  more »
  • Followed a city map to the tunnel having read good reviews here, walked past the entrance several times without noticing it then found a note on the locked door saying visits only by appointment. So y...  more »

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